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Old 01-04-2009, 06:19 PM   #1
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How to make an easy tutu and hair bows~updated!

Hi all I did not want to bog down disboutiquers with this many pictures so I am starting a thread (if this is the wrong place please move.)

I am not a professional tutu or bow maker. I make them for my girls and the BIG GIVE. I have been getting PM's and emails asking for instructions so I thought I would post pictures.

If you make tutu's or bows and have helpful hints please post away.

The Traditional tutu:


This is an easy to make tutu. I originally made these as a party favor for my girls Birthday.

You will need about 3 6 inch x 25 yards of tulle. This will work for about an 8 yo and younger. For older girls just buy more tulle.

You will also need hair bands. They can be found at Target or Walmart. I have found that the child size ones as pictured above work better than the black adult ones (they tend to roll). I use hair bands for the waist. much easier than cutting and measuring elastic.

To measure and cut the tulle look around your house for something in your desired length. This storage lid is approximately 33 inches. This will be floor length on a 2 year old. I will show this length pictured on a 4 & 7 year old. For 2-4 years you want about 28 inches. Tape one side of the tulle unto the lid.

Now pick up the lid and spool the entire roll of tulle onto the lid.

Cut the tulle on both ends.

You will now have a nice stack of cut tulle strips.

Place your head band around a large circular item, a dress for if you have one, a large can of coffee or Nacho Cheese.

Place the tulle under the hairband and pull it half way.

Tie one loose knot so as not to stretch out the elastic, then tie a tighter knot.

Keep doing this all the way round. Here is 15 strips.

Once you have finished try it on your child. If you add to much tulle (like 4 spools) it might stretch out the elastic and be to large.

Here is your finished tutu on a 4 year old.

Embellishing your tutu:

Use the same method to cut your ribbon. Your ribbon is now the same length as your tulle.

Double tie off your ribbon just like you did with the tulle.

Once you knot if one side come out longer simply trim both pieces together.

I start on one side of the tutu and then add a ribbon to the opposite side.

I use a North, South, East, West method with the ribbon.

Once you have added all of your ribbon the top of the tutu should look like this.

Now you cut a long piece of tulle about 70 inches long. We are going to be wrapping the top of the tutu so that you do not see the headband underneath.

You take your strip of tulle and make the left part match the length of the other pieces, tie one knot. Now take the tulle in your right hand (if you are right handed) you are going to go all the way around. Loop the tulle in between each knot that is on your tutu. Above and below keep looping.

Go all the way around the tutu when you get back to the beginning tie your second knot and you are done.

This is how a wrapped tutu will look. You can do this step with the matching tulle or satin ribbon.

By hot gluing 1 inch acrylic pom pom that you get at the craft store you can make a "Minnie" looking tutu.

These are the tutus I made as party favors.

I used about 15 inches of tulle for the little girls. I also tied it to grosgrain ribbon instead of the head band.

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Old 01-04-2009, 06:21 PM   #2
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A quick black tutu for a pirate costume. Auntie Fairygoodmother made the other pieces.

Hair bows to come........
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great post
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thanks so much this is great
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Oh my goodness! You make these look so easy and super cute! I was just at Joann's today and now want to try it just because!

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Love the pirate tutu! Thank you!
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I'm just going to give a to PoohnPiglet, and let the rest of you know that it's even easier than it looks.

Love the hairband idea! Much easier!

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I really need to try that! Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks so much!! This is bleepin' genius!!!

I have tulle I've been wondering what to do with! I KNEW I pulled it out of the gargage sale box for a reason! DD will love it.
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This is sooooo cute! They sell these at the mall for 30 bucks. I'm so excited, I'm going to buy tulle tomorrow. Thanks.
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I bought tulle and ribbon back during the Spring time as I planned on making Cinderella Tutu's for my DD's. Too bad it is all still sitting in the bag! LOL But now I am motivated to attempt them. Your post was very informative and makes it seems even easier to do.
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I can't wait to try and make these. I love all the different ones you made. I def want to make my DD one in every colour.
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Oh. My. God. These are adorable! Awesome step-by-step instructions, too. I couldn't be less crafty, but I'm going to try one!

Thanks for posting this!!
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Thanks for the instructions!! It is so much easier than gathering tulle and sewing it. Can't wait to learn how to make bows. Thanks, thanks, thanks!!
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