Hello Blogging Folk!
As promised, here is a little circus tutu-tutorial! I just love this little skirt and so does the owner - my divine Miss M who will very soon be turning five!
I began with a whole pile of tulle in a range of colours (that happens to be on sale at Spotlight right now for just $1.50 a metre - that's $2 off) I used six plain colours - hot pink, purple, blue, green, red and spearmint and then added in a flocked spot in green and pink (these two were far more expensive at $6.99 a metre so I used them sparingly) The majority of the tulle is really stiff and that is what gives the "puff" to the skirt - so make sure there are tights or pants to wear underneath. ( I used around a third of a metre or less of every color for each skirt)
Gather your supplies together - you will need:
- Pile of different coloured tulle
- elastic (around 3cm thick)
- thread and a needle (just for the elastic)
- ribbons - spotty, rainbow, ric-rac etc
- pom poms in a few different sizes and colours
- Using a large ruler and a rotary cutter, cut the tulle into strips measuring 6cm w x 125 h - I did this by folding my tulle in half and running the cutter down the length of the ruler. I cut around 12 strips of each colour (but ending up with a pile extra for my next tutu).
- Gather all your colours together in a big pile.
- Measure your child's (or your) waist and trim elastic - stitch elastic ends together with thread.
- Take a dining chair and place elastic around it (this keeps your hands free to tie the tulle on)
- Loop the centre of your tulle like this.
- Now push loop down behind the elastic and pull the "tails" through the loop and up - this makes the loop sit close to the elastic - be careful as you can tear the tulle straight off.
- Tie on four tulle strips of each colour to create each section - so begin with say purple, tie on four purple, then four red etc repeat right around the skirt.
- Once you have the full skirt of tulle, place on your child and check the length - mine was a bit too long so I trimmed each strip on an angle so that they measured between 35cm and 40cm long from the waist to the tip.
- Tie ribbon at intervals around skirt the same way you tied on the tulle.
- Tie on a really big piece of ribbon at the front and tie into a bow, adhere a large pom pom to centre of bow with a hot glue gun.
- While you have the hot glue out, adhere a range of pom pom sizes onto tulle strips (be careful not to burn yourself)
- Add a couple of big pom poms to a plain shirt or singlet and some tights (even an old pair of shoes can be jazzed up with a pom pom or two!
**One thing I would change is I would sew a button onto the elastic to do up instead of stitching it together, the tulle made it hard to pull up and stretched the elastic - a button up waist band would work better and last a little longer as she grows too. I am doing that with the next couple I am currently making for some helpers at the party : )
I will add the headband tutorial tomorrow!