So some of you might be considering making your own Halloween costumes for little girls and I wanted to post how easy it is to make your own little tutu. This is super cheap as well and these are cute for dress up, for birthdays, photo shoots and more.
You can do colors your little ones loves, or sports teams would be darling or make a red one for your next trip to Disney! Oh and you can always make a mini one for little American Girl dolls too!
My girls are going as an Angel and a Super Hero for Halloween this year and I decided to make little tutus for their costumes.
You only need a few things- tulle (approximately $2.00- $5.00) and either ribbon or elastic and that is pretty much it. My elastic was $.59 for a huge roll at the craft store so really you can probably make one of these for about $5.00. My tutus were finished in roughly 1 hour each- so turn on some trashy TV and you will be done before you know it.
So to get started, you want to measure your little lady and see how long you want the tutu. For my 4 year old we wanted a short one and I took a measuring tape and dragged it down to about her knee- it was 9 inches. For my big girl, we wanted a tea length tutu for her angel costume and the length was 20 inches. So you want to double whatever your measurement is and then add 1 inch.
(In my case, it was 41 inches and 19 inches total). Now these are fluffy tutus so it is better to error on the long side and trim a little. They will fluff up so be careful you don’t have a little rear end exposed by making them a little to0 short.
Whatever your measurement is, go ahead and cut your tulle into strips of that length. I just used a tape measure to measure the length and then cut each strip one by one- it goes by really fast.
I bought the little rolls of tulle from the craft store- use a coupon and you will pay about $1.50-3.00 per roll. These rolls are located in the wedding supply aisles of my stores. You can also use the tulle from the fabric section that is not in these rolls but you will have extra cutting to do. The upside is that you will have more choice of colors.
So go ahead and cut your strips of tulle into the measurement for your little girl. Once you have a nice stack, you want to take the elastic and measure her waist. I leave about 1 inch extra on each end and I make the elastic fitted around the waist but not too tight.
Once you measure the waist go ahead and cut the elastic. Now you are basically going to tie knots all the way around with your strips of tulle. The important note is that you want to make sure your knot is facing the same direction each time so it looks nice and tidy.
To tie the knot, simply fold your piece of tulle in half so the ends match exactly. Now take the top where you have a U shape and place that on top of the elastic. You want to loop the bottom ends that are dangling through the top loop. Like this:
And now it looks like a men’s tie:
And now you want to pull this tight. Careful because you can actually tear your tulle if you yank too hard. I like to sort of tug each side of the dangling strips but you want to make sure it all remains even at the bottom.
And then go ahead and repeat over and over and over again. After each knot, you want to push over the elastic so there are no gaps in between knots. If you want to do two colors or multiple colors of tulle, just go ahead and alternate colors.
Mine is all red so this is what it looks like after a few knots:
Now just keep going all the way around the skirt. Once you get really close to the end, go ahead and measure the elastic around the child’s tummy. I used a pen to dot on the elastic where it met around my daughter’s tummy.
Trim the elastic where your dot is and now you need to seal the elastic. So I actually used hot glue to adhere the two ends together. It was surprisingly sturdy but if you want to add extra reinforcement take a needle and thread and just put in a few stitches. I am not a sewer by any stretch of the imagination and I picked up a little sewing kit in the Target Dollar Spot recently and just put a few quick stitches in.
Here is my finished product:
And then you can either leave it as is or you can cut a ribbon into a long strip- at least the length of the strips you previously cut. Tie it exactly the same way you did the tulle and then tie it into a bow after that. Viola!
This red tutu is for a Supergirl costume so I added a gold ribbon bow. Eventually the tutu will also have gold stars on it.
And I also made one in a gold tulle and an ivory glitter tulle for my big girl’s Angel costume for Halloween. Here is how hers looks. Oh and if you get glitter tulle it does shed a little glitter. That doesn’t bother me at all but you might consider that if it does bother you.
For this skirt we found these fabric broach looking things in the scrapbook section of all places. I just hot gunned it on.
And that’s it! This sounds complicated but really it is incredibly easy to do. Both of my girl’s have other tutu’s for ballet class and such but when they got these little tutus they both really lit up with huge smiles.
I think this would be an adorable baby shower gift!
Let me know if you decide to make your own tutu and how it turns out.
If you do have little girls, you might also check out this super simple DIY Creaseless Hair bands tutorial. Very inexpensive and super fast!