Here's our cat Figo modeling next to the finished product. I didn't have a little one to try it on, so the pillow had to do! Isn't our pillow a lovely model?! LOL big time...
Anyways, there were multiple pin inspirations for this project. One of my favories can be found here. This blogger did an awesome job on her tutu and took the most adorable picture of it ever!
I had a little trouble figuring out sizing (most posts said to measure your child and mine was a present so I couldn't). I finally found a site with a sizing chart that was SUPER helpful. I made mine a little bigger so that she can grow into it - better too big than too small as they say.
The tutu just has a couple of materials to make it - elastic, tulle, and ribbon. First I created the waistband by sewing the ends of the elastic together. You can see it in the picture below. I wrapped the elastic around a pillow - you can wrap it around your leg or whatever, but you need something to keep it in place while you attach your tulle.
Then I cut the tulle - I was making the tutu for size 24 months - so I cut the tulle approximately 20". It wasn't exactly perfect, but it was close enough.
I folded the tulle pieces in half and matched up the ends.
Then I placed the folded end under the elastic band I had wrapped around a pillow.
I put my fingers through the loop, grabbed the matched up ends and pulled them through the loop.
Once I pulled the tulle through the loop I tightened it so it was snug. Then I continued adding tulle, alternating pink and white, until I was finished filling the entire elastic waistband loop.
The last step was to cut out ribbons to go between the tulle pieces. I added them to the waistband with the same loop and pull method described above.
Here's the finished product laid out so you can see the ribbons. I spaced them out between about every 6 tulle pieces.
Check out the easy step by step below to make your own
No Sew Tutu Instructions
- 2 rolls of 6" tulle (look in the wedding section of your craft store) in the same or different colors
- 1 roll of thin ribbon in a coordinating color
- 1 piece of elastic cut 2" larger than the waist of your child
0-6 months - waist 15-16", length 5-6"
6-12 months - waist 16-17", length 6-7"
12-24 months - waist 17-18", length 8-9"
2T-4T - waist 19-20", length 9-11"
- Create your tutu waistband by creating a loop with the elastic overlapping the ends 1" and sewing together (by machine with a zig-zag stich, or by hand) - THIS IS THE ONLY SEWING NEEDED! [You can also use a elastic headband of the appropriate size if you really really do not want to sew]
- Cut your tutu tulle 2x + 2" longer than how long you would like your tutu to be (i.e. if you are making an 8" tutu - cut the tulle 2x8 = 16 +2 = 18"). You will need to use 1/2-3/4 of each roll depending on how many you cut and how full you would like your tutu to be (cut more for a fuller tutu).
- Start to attach the tulle to the elastic waistband starting at the seam.
- Fold one tulle piece in half, matching up the ends.
- Place the folded end under the waistband and pull it out to extend just above the waistband.
- Pull the matched up ends through the looped end and tighten the loop knot around the elastic waistband.