Okay, this past weekend everyone had a President's Day sale so I decided to take advantage of it by buying a few supplies. I guess I got excited and started making some stuff. One item I made was a pink tulle tutu for my baby girl in anticipation of her first birthday party. I found this photo on the web and wanted to make a similar one.
Here's the outcome of the one I made. I may trim the bottom a little although I haven't made up my mind. My baby is a tall one so I'll have to wait and see.
- 1 and a half rolls of 6" wide pink tulle (find it where wedding stuff is sold in most craft stores)
- 1" wide elastic
- 1" wide pink satin ribbon
I started by taking the elastic and wrapping it around my baby's waist. She's currently 10 months old so I'm making it a little big. Most people will say to cut away an inch or 2 so it will hug your baby's waist and fit properly. Anyhow, I cut the elastic and hand stitched the ends together. (Since my sewing machine is put away I didn't feel like pulling it out and setting it up just to sew the ends of the elastic together.) Next I cut my tulle into strips. Figure out how long you want the skirt to be, double that and add an inch or two and cut your strips of tulle in this total length. You'll need to fold them in half later. Now cut your strips down the middle. My strips were about 31" long. Now... it's time to start attaching the tulle to the elastic.
Here's where I did my own little twist. I wanted a ribbon tie on mine and I hadn't found a tutorial on doing both an elastic waist band that included ribbon so I did my own thing. As I tied my tulle I wrapped it around both the elastic and the ribbon. I didn't do anything special or extra with the ribbon. It is not sewn to the elastic, this way it moves freely. In detail when I tied the tulle I folded my strips individually in half, creating a loop at the bend. Holding the loop behind my elastic and then bent it over the front (over the ribbon).
I then pulled the tulle through the loop and pulled down.
My daughter's tutu for her first birthday party!!!...
Update: I ended up cutting a few inches off of the bottom of the tutu. This is what it looks like after cutting it...