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How to make an easy tutu and hair bows~updated!

Discussion in 'Disney for Families' started by poohnpigletCA, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. poohnpigletCA

    poohnpigletCA DIS Veteran

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    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:

    TO USE TULLE FROM A BOLT (FLAT TULLE) GO TO POST 40.

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 I originally made these as a party favor for my girls Birthday.

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    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.

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    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. :thumbsup2

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    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.

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

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    Cut the tulle on both ends.

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

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

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

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

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

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    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.

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    Here is your finished tutu on a 4 year old.

    Embellishing your tutu:

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

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

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

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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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

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    These are the tutus I made as party favors.

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    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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  3. poohnpigletCA

    poohnpigletCA DIS Veteran

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    A quick black tutu for a pirate costume. Auntie Fairygoodmother made the other pieces.

    Hair bows to come........
     
  4. tinytreasures

    tinytreasures DIS Veteran

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    great post
     
  5. kimmylaj

    kimmylaj DIS Veteran

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    thanks so much this is great:)
     
  6. jessica52877

    jessica52877 DIS Veteran

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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!
     
  7. mystikgarden

    mystikgarden DIS Veteran

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    Love the pirate tutu! Thank you!:thumbsup2
     
  8. disneybridetobe

    disneybridetobe Married 9-19-06 at Disney's Wedding Paviliion!

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    I'm just going to give a :thumbsup2 to PoohnPiglet, and let the rest of you know that it's even easier than it looks. :)

    Love the hairband idea! Much easier!

    Thanks!!
     
  9. PaulaSue

    PaulaSue <font color=purple>I have a purple car too and lov

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    Very Cute!
     
  10. ibesue

    ibesue Mouseketeer

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    I really need to try that! Thanks for sharing!
     
  11. BellyBaby

    BellyBaby I swear Walt had OCD, too!

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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. :cutie:
     
  12. vickiemariko

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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.:)
     
  13. strmtroopr96

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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.
     
  14. candielips

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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.
     
  15. mrswh

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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!! :)
     
  16. princesskayla

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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!!
     
  17. texasmomoftwins

    texasmomoftwins Earning My Ears

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    Love, love, love these! I've just started thinking about what to do for my twin girls 3rd birthday party. Thinking we might do Pirates and Princesses now! Thanks for the lesson!!! :yay:
     
  18. dementia412

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    Okay I rarely make stuff for my kids but that is awesome, and I am so totally gonna try that when I get my check.
     
  19. ObsessedwiththeMouse

    ObsessedwiththeMouse <font color=blue>Diehard <b>Packers</b> fan, <i>bu

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    I have been making bows for years now and recently started my own business on Ebay. I hope to have my own website in a few months.

    BUT, I learned how to do bows many moons ago on youtube, of all places. I'm pretty sure there's an instructional video on there now. Type in "how to make boutique bows" and you should find it.

    All you need is ribbon, obviously, something to seal the ends with, like a cigarette lighter or a soldering iron, a large salon clip and floss.

    For those interested, I'll make some bows and post pics later. :goodvibes
     
  20. ObsessedwiththeMouse

    ObsessedwiththeMouse <font color=blue>Diehard <b>Packers</b> fan, <i>bu

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    Things you will need:

    Ribbon
    Large Salon Clip
    Floss
    Glue Gun
    Lighter


    1. Get your ribbon. Your ribbon length will depend on the size of your bows. In this "tutorial", I am making some toddler bows for my goddaughter and am using 22 inches. The bow will end up being 3.5 inches across. For a 4 inch bow, I use 24 inches, 5 inch bow, 26 inches.

    In this example, I am making some double layered Minnie bows. ;)

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    2. Fold your ribbon in half and mark the half.

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    Since the back of my bows are black, you won't be able to see my half mark very well.


    3. Next, you're going to take the top of your ribbon and fold it inward on your half mark.

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    You're going to do the same with the bottom. Eventually, it will look like a figure 8.

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    4. Next, you're going to take your "top loop" and bring it down to the middle, like this:

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    Then, you do the same with the bottom, until it looks like this:

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    This will be the back of your bow!

    5. Slide the salon clip over your bow. This makes it easier to tie.

    Back of bow:

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    Front of bow:

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    6. Take your floss:

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    Wrap it around the middle of your bow twice, with the ends being in the back of the bow.

    Front:

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    Back:

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    7. Tie your bow tightly in the back, to look like this:

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    8. Flip it around, remove the salon clip, fluff it up a bit and it should look like this:

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    9. Next, you create your knot and hot glue it to the middle.

    10. I attach alligator clips to my toddler bows:

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    Here are some other bows I've created, using this method:

    Gymboree toddler bows:

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    Baby shower 5 inch double layered bows:
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    HTH everyone!
     
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