This is my tutorial on making ridiculously cute tutus.
Here's what you need:
Different colors of tulle (Hobby Lobby usually has a sale on the rolls every other week)
Rotary cutter and mat OR scissors
A leg or other sturdy tube-like object
First of all, figure out the waist size of the recipient. I just googled waist measurements for an 18-month-old. Seems to be about 20 inches.
Step 3: Figure out what kind of tutu you want. Short and poofy. Long and elegant. Now, in inches. Short - about 7 inches (for an 18 month old). Or Long - 12 inches (for an 18 month old). Also, to make cutting easier, lay your rolls of tulle out and line up your edges. Stack them on top of each other, this way all your lengths are the same, and in order.
Step 4: Take whatever length you want your tutu parts to be, and (yup, you guess it!) double it! Since my friend wanted a short and poofy tutu for her little girl, I decided on 7 inches. So that is why (see first pic) I measured out to 14 inches. My order was pink on bottom, white in middle, and purple on top. Since I was using 3 colors, it didn't really matter the order. If you are using more colors, just remember your order (this is where stacking them helps). And Cut it!
Step 7: Get your piece of ribbon and find your center "mark". Tie your ribbon onto your leg (or other tube-like item, here I start off with a big thing of bubbles). Make sure that your center is where you can see it.
To explain this better, you will first tie your colors, in my picture it is purple, white, then pink. At this point I took my stack of tulle, and flipped it over. On the now top, was pink. I took that pink and tied it to the left of the purple. The next on top was white, so i took it and tied it to the left of the pink. Next was purple, and I tied that to the left of the white. After that i flipped the pile back over, and went around to the right side of my tied tulle, and continued.
I do it this way so that around your center mark, you have an even amount of tulle on each side.
Ta-da! You have just made a tutu! This will work for any age. For a newborn, a good short and puffy length would be 3 or 4 inches, for an adult 9-10 inches would stick right out!
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