Friday, November 5, 2010

How to Make a TUTU for a DOLLAR!

How to Make a TUTU for a dollar?? You heard right, I've made sooo many of these for friends and family that have given birth to a baby girl-it makes a Perfect gift-Homemade and beautiful. It is TUTU cute (couldn't resist) I purchased organza chair ties found in various dollar stores (Jacks 99¢ stores have them).

Things you will need:
  • Chair tie or tulle from fabric store- I used a 9 inch by 120 inch chair tie
  • Thin elastic- 16 inch works for a newborn
  • Sewing machine- or it can be hand sewn
Headpiece (optional)
  • Newborn headband 
  • Flower 
  • Hot glue gun
I started by folding the fabric in half lengthwise, but leaving one half longer than the other so that it will look like layered ruffles when gathered. The fabric is about 9 inches wide and about 120 inches (10ft) long. I then sewed the top, about a half inch in depending on the width of elastic you have-the skinnier the better. Measure the child's waist first and then leave about an inch or so for growth or for stitching ends together. Insert elastic and tie tight or sew the ends for more security. The great thing about buying these chair ties is that the edges of the fabric all around are finished! No raw edges or hemming necessary. This is not only the cheapest way to make a TUTU but also the fastest!
For the headband: I took apart a huge Peony silk flower and used only 2 inner petals and the center. I didn't want the entire flower to over power the already beautiful baby :) I simply used a hot glue gun to glue onto one of her existing headbands...The rest of the flower petals can be glued onto the TUTU, glued on her shoes or be used as photo shown. If its for a birthday girl-use the remaining petals to adorn the cake. To make these for an older child: you do not have fold unless you want the extra ruffles. Use more than one chair tie layered on top-use different colors to create dimensions.

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  1. This is truly the easiest tutu tutorial I've ever seen! Great job and thanks!

  2. How wonderfully creative! My little 3 yr. old granddaughter, Chloe Jane, would love one of these. I would need to enlarge it, but it would work well.
    Thanks for the great tutorial.
    Happy Holidays.

  3. Thank you Annete, would love to see a photo of your creation :)

  4. Thank You Olga-Glad you liked it :)

  5. My daughter's ballet teacher's baby is turning one & I wanted to make her a tutu, this is going to be perfect & so easy provided I can find one of the ties. Thanks for posting!


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