If you're an aspiring ballerina or just looking to dress up for a Halloween party, this article will show you how to make a fluffy tutu out of tulle.
Method 1 of 2: Making a Tutu Without Sewing
Step 1. Prepare your tulle
To make a wearable tutu you will need to prepare a lot of tulle because it is transparent. For a small tutu skirt (children's size) use 2-3, 5 meters of fabric. For a medium-sized tutu skirt, you will need 4.5-6.5 meters of fabric. As for a large skirt, you will need 7-9 meters of fabric.
Step 2. Create the waistband
The waistband for a seamless tutu is simply a long band tied around the waist. Choose a ribbon that is at least 1 cm wide, without wire, and in the same color as the tulle. Wrap it around the waist, then add about 60 cm before cutting it later.
Step 3. Cut the tulle lengthwise
Spread out the tulle, and cut it into tens of lengths that are 5-10 cm wide. For a tutu skirt that is fuller and looks fuller, use a wide strip of fabric. To make the tutu flatter and look more elaborate, use a narrower fabric.
Step 4. Fold the tulle into two equal parts
To attach the tulle to the ribbon, first fold it in the middle. You can fold as you install them or fold them all first. The two ends of the fabric must be in the same position.
Step 5. Install the first sheet
Attach the tulle folded to the ribbon. Arrange so that the folded top is about 5 cm from the tape. Twist one end away. Pull it around and insert it into the folded section above the ribbon. Pull through the folded section to make a classic knot.
Step 6. Add the tulle sheet
Continue the process of adding the tulle sheets by making a classic knot on the ribbon. Tighten the knot to make it smaller and leave room for another sheet of fabric. Slide the tulle knot to make it look neat and organized.
Step 7. Complete the tulle installation
In order to tie the ribbon, there should be about 30 cm left on each end. If the ribbon has been covered by the tulle sheet until this length is left for the binding, your tutu is done.
Step 8. Put on your new tutu
Wear a tutu with a ribbon wrapped around the waist, then tie it by making a knot or ribbon at the back. Develop tulle so that the tutu looks more volume which makes your tutu more attractive and adds a classic impression.
Method 2 of 2: Sewing the Tutu
Step 1. Prepare the materials and tools
You will need a lot of fabric to sew a tutu. A tutu for children requires about 2-3 m of fabric. A medium-sized tutu can be made with 4-6 meters of fabric, medium-sized ones require about 7-9 meters of fabric. You'll also need elastic band for the waistband, thread of the same color, and a sewing machine.
- You can sew a tutu by hand, but it will take a lot of time and effort.
- For a short tutu, you will need a tulle at least 130 cm wide. Look for a wider tulle if you are making a longer tutu.
Step 2. Fold the tulle into two equal parts
Then, fold the tulle again, making four layers.
Step 3. Cut the elastic band
Wrap an elastic band around the waist. Pull firmly until it fits snugly at the waist, then cut the elastic band.
Step 4. Sew the elastic sleeve
Sew the tulle crosswise from the top of the folded fabric 5 cm wide (or slightly wider than the elastic). You'll need to sew the edges of the double-folded fabric, so that the seam goes through all four layers.
Step 5. Insert the elastic
Use a hook or other tool to crimp the tulle over the area that will be the elastic band sleeve. When the fabric is crimped, insert an elastic band into the sleeve. Make sure both ends of the elastic band come out of the sleeve. You can use pins to hold the elastic in place.
Step 6. Sew the elastic band
Pull the ends of the elastic bands, and sew them together about 1/2 cm from the ends. Then, fold the remaining unstitched elastic inward and sew again with a zigzag stitch.
Step 7. Connect the skirt
Your tutu is almost finished, but the back will need to be joined. Join the ends of the tulle with a pin, then sew down about 1/2 cm from the edge of the fabric. Make sure the stitches go through all four layers of the fabric, not just the top layer.
Step 8. Finish your tutu
Expand the tutu by tucking your hands through each layer of tulle to separate them. You can add various embellishments to the tutu, such as beads, plastic flowers, and ribbons.