The Tu-Tutorial

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Description
A (nearly) no sew tu-tu.
Materials
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2 rolls of 6 inch nylon tulle (50 yards)
1 inch by 1 yard elastic
Needle and Thread
Directions
Take waist measurement for size of tu-tu. Mark length onto elastic.
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Cut to size and sew together securely.
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Next cut tulle to length. Tape the tulle to top of 6 inch by 24 inch template. I used a ruler, but if you don’t have one handy cut a template from cardboard.
Wrap tulle directly from roll onto the ruler, end over end until you run out.
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Cut either side of ruler, which gives you 6 inch by 24 inch strips of tulle.
Place elastic over stable surface and begin tying tulle to elastic.
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For a fuller tu-tu, use a surface larger than the un-stretched elastic. I used a 1 foot by 1 inch by 3 inch board, but a piece of cardboard cut to size will work perfectly.
Begin tying the tulle to the elastic.
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Going clockwise from top left: Place tulle strip under elastic, center it and double knot it. Continue placing tulle strips side by side and tying them until the entire elastic waistband is covered.
Try on tu-tu and make sure there are no blank spots on elastic, if so add more tulle in the same manner as before. Enjoy!
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10 Responses to The Tu-Tutorial

  1. Lissa says:

    Wow. this is so fantastically simple that I might just worship you today. Well done!

  2. Lori says:

    Once again, kneeling at your feet.

  3. Amy says:

    You are awesome…I may just be able to handle making one (or two!) Thanks for the instructions with pics for my un-crafty self!

  4. Carrie K says:

    The dog looks particularly fetching.

  5. nicole/sweden says:

    i do not understand how your daughter keeps getting cuter, she is absolutely adorable as a ballerina. and the doggy is cuter than kaffe fassett’s needlepoint ‘cat in ruffle’ which is saying quite alot. your blog is always exactly what the dr. ordered!

  6. Heidi says:

    That tu tu is painfully cute!!

  7. joanm says:

    Hi Michelle,
    Long time, not catch up. Maya is so beautiful, and has grown up quickly as they all do. I won’t be needing the tutu for my grandsons, but I did make such things years ago. Your tutorial would have helped.
    Best wishes
    JOanm

  8. AlisonH says:

    Oh, that’s hysterical! I love it!

  9. Hilari says:

    That’s adorable. I do hope you made one for Maya and one for the pup – I’m looking forward to a pas de deux from Swan Lake….

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