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You can find it at most arts and crafts stores. Tulle by the spool comes in many different colors. It is also available with glitter embedded in it. Sometimes, it has glittered patterns, such as dots, wavy lines, and swirls. You can purchase the tulle all in the same color and pattern, or you can purchase different colors and patterns to create a multi-colored dress. If you are making a short dress, or a dress for a baby or toddler, you will need two or three spools of tulle.
Decide on the length of the dress. Take the measuring tape and place one end at the armpit, where the elastic band will sit. Measure down to where you want the dress to end and add 3 to 4 inches 7. This is because the tulle will poof up when you tie it to the elastic, making it appear shorter. Find a piece of cardboard that is the length of your dress. The board must also include the 3 to 4 inches 7. You can also use a picture frame, a baking sheet, or anything else, so long as it is the right length and not too thick.
Wrap the tulle around the length of the board. Place one end of the tulle along the bottom edge of your board and begin wrapping it around the board. Do this until you have used up the entire spool. Slide your scissors along the bottom edge of your board and cut through the tulle. You are only cutting one side. Do not cut the other side of the tulle.
Each strip of tulle will be twice as long as your dress needs to be. This is because you will be folding the strips of tulle in half later. For a more interesting shape, consider cutting the bottom of each strip at an angle. Find or make a temporary dress form. You will need something to hold the elastic while you tie the pieces of tulle to it. You can use anything cylindrical, as long as it is close to the same thickness as your you'd waist. You can also make your own dress form by taking a piece of poster board, rolling the ends together until they are the same size as your child's torso, and then taping the poster board so that it doesn't unroll.
Put the elastic bands on the dress form. Make sure that the space between the two bands is the same as the space between your child's armpit and waist.
Tie the tulle strips to the top elastic elastic. Fold a strip of tulle in half. Stick the looped end under the top elastic, and pull the loose ends through the loop. Gently tug downwards on the loose ends to secure it. Repeat with the rest of the tulle. If you are using more than one color, alternate the colors of the tulle.
Do not put any tulle on the bottom elastic yet. The tighter you squish the pieces of tulle together, the fluffier your dress will be. Tie the pieces of tulle to the waistband. Take the first piece of tulle both strands and slide it under the waistband. Bring the strands back up and tie a knot. Gently tug the strands back down. Repeat for the rest of the pieces. Consider adding ribbon to the skirt.
Take a tape measure and measure from the waistband to the bottom of the skirt. Double the number that you get, and cut pieces of ribbon according to that number. Fold the ribbon in half, and slide the looped end under the waistband, right between two pieces of tulle. Bring the ends of the ribbon up and through the loop, just as you did when tying the tulle to the top elastic.
Gently tug the ends of the ribbon back down. Add more ribbon every few inches until you have gone around the entire waist band. Consider cutting parts of the skirt shorter. You can make the dress look angled or ragged depending on you you cut the tulle. For an angled dress, cut the tulle on the front shorter, and leave the back untouched. For a ragged dress, cut random pieces of tulle shorter.
Cut some ribbon for the top elastic. The ribbon should be four times the length of the top elastic. You will be wrapping it around the top elastic to hide the knots. The ribbon should be no more than 1 inch 2. Avoid using wired ribbon as the wires can scratch and poke the child.
Instead, try to find a soft ribbon that is satin on both sides. Wrap the ribbon around the top elastic. Weave it between and around each loop of tulle, creating a candy cane effect. Tuck the two ends of elastic behind the loops of tulle and secure them with fabric glue or hot glue.
You can also sew the two ends together. Make a basic halter top. To make a halter top for the dress, find the center of your dress and loop a length of ribbon around the elastic the same way you looped the tulle.
Instead of pulling the ribbon downwards, pull it upwards. The ribbon will tie behind the child's neck in a bow. How long the ribbon is will depend on how big the bow is and how long the tail ends of the bow will be. The ribbon should be about 1 inch 2. Consider using a satin ribbon that is shiny on both sides. For a more delicate look, consider using a sheer ribbon or a piece of tulle instead.
Avoid using ribbon with wire inside it, as it can poke your child. Consider making shoulder straps instead. To make some shoulder straps, put the dress on the child first. Take a length of ribbon and loop it around the elastic at the front, just as you did with the tulle. Instead of pulling the ribbon downward, pull it upward instead. Bring both strands of ribbon over the child's shoulder, and tie it to the elastic on the other side.
For a standard look, use a ribbon that is satin on both sides. For a more delicate look, use a sheer ribbon instead. For a fancier dress, use an embroidered ribbon. Consider using pieces of tulle for the shoulder straps instead. This is perfect for a princess dress. Avoid using wired ribbon. The sharp ends can poke your child. Cut some ribbon for the waistband. Take a piece of ribbon that is at least 1 inch 2. The length of the ribbon depends on how big you want the bow to be when you tie it.
It should be at least twice the circumference of your child's waist. Attach the ribbon to the waistband. Find the middle of the ribbon and glue it to the center of the waistband.
The patch of glue should be no more than 2 inches 5. Wrap the ribbon around the dress and tie it in a bow in the back. You can leave the ends long, or cut them short. Add a flower or brooch to the top of the dress. You can embellish the top of the dress by attaching flowers or brooches to where the straps join the elastic. Here are some ideas: If you made a halter top dress, glue a silk flower or brooch onto the ribbon loop, right where it meets the elastic.
If you made a dress with shoulder straps, glue silk flowers or bows onto the front of each strap. Embellish the shoulder straps. You can glue little silk roses onto the shoulder strap ribbon.
Put a drop of glue onto the back of a silk rose and press it against the ribbon. Glue another flower 1 inch 2. Keep doing this until you have created a line of silk roses down the center of the ribbon.
Decorate the bodice of the dress. The bodice of the dress is the space between the waistband and the top of the dress. You can attach silk or ribbon flowers to the pieces of tulle using fabric glue or hot glue. You can also attach rhinestones, gemstones, and even craft butterflies! Add some flowers to the waistband. You can transform a tutu dress into a fairy dress by gluing silk or ribbon flowers along the waistband.
Do not take the dress off the dress form just yet. Place a drop of fabric glue or hot glue onto the back of a silk or ribbon flower, and press it against the waistband. Hold the flower in place for a few seconds before adding another flower. You can also use silk leaves as well. Embellish the waistband with glitter.
If you used a plain ribbon for the waistband, you can draw swirls and squiggles on it using glittery or pearlescent puff paint. Make a dress fit for a princess with rhinestones. It is easy to make and inexpensive, which is a bonus too!
There are many tutorials out there about how to make a tutu in different styles with ribbon versus elastic waists, but I prefer elastic as that way the child can more easily put it on themselves without help. I also prefer shimmery tulle versus matte as it gives such a gorgeous princess finish.
The first tutu I ever made was sparkly pink and very pretty. I made it for my friend's little girl but I couldn't resist trying it on my two year old son to check length and fit left. Note that my son has it on backwards - the bow is mean to go at the back. There are so many pretty shades of tulle now that you can make the most adorable tutus! I like the tulle that comes with a bit of a shimmer rather than in matte as I think it looks so pretty and little girls love the extra sparkle.
You can choose to make your tutu in just one colour, or use a several different colours. If you can't find the exact same measurements of fabric that I used then I wouldn't worry too much because these tutus are pretty forgiving.
This amount of tulle is to make a tutu for a year old girl. The tutu will be about 9 inches 23 cm long with a lot of body and shape. You can give it even more body by using extra tulle strips. Instead of a big rectangle of tulle you can buy a roll of tulle strip. In some craft stores or online can buy rolls of tulle that are 15 cm 6 inches wide and very long.
You can use one of these rolls and cut 37 lengths, each 50 cm 20 inches long. Then halve each piece lengthwise so you end up with 74 strips, each 50 cm x 7. You'll need to buy a roll of at least 19 meters total length or Obviously don't worry too much about being really precise as the rolls aren't going to come in that exact length, I just want to give you a figure so you know approximately how much to buy!
The rule of thumb is that however long you want your final tutu to be the tulle strips need to be just over double that length, because the tulle will be folded in half and knotted. So if you want to make a small tutu for a baby then use shorter strips of tulle.
For a newborn to six month old, a tutu length of about 6 to 7 inches looks good, so you'd need tulle strips that are inches long. Equally if you want a longer tutu skirt you'll need longer strips.
Tutus make great homemade gifts for kids and for an older toddler you might want to make the tutu about 12 inches long, so you'd need tulle strips about 24 inches long. To start, I cut my length of tulle in half and then in half again, resulting in 4 pieces that were 50 cm 20 inches by cm 55 inches across. I rolled the tulle up lengthwise into a cm 55 inch long sausage use a large flat surface and books to keep the tulle together as it does like to uncurl.
You'll end up with strips that are 7. Because we doubled the tulle in the beginning, each cut will result in two strips. You'll notice tulle fabric is more stretchy in one direction than the other. If you want your tulle strips to all sit evenly then you need to cut the strips along the direction of the tulle that is less stretchy.
How to Make a No Sew Fabric Tutu Dress | The Pinning Mama says: December 28, at am [ ] had so many compliments and questions that I made a really in depth tutorial on how to make a no sew tulle tutu skirt here, with all the tips and tricks I have learned along the way. Making a fabric tutu skirt for a baby or little girl is easy with this tutorial and tutu size chart from newborn to 5 years old! They are perfect for a birthday outfit, or just to jazz up everyday. Just follow these simple instructions and you will have an adorable tutu dress for your little princess. How to Make a Tutu: Knotting the tulle in place Now you need to knot all the pieces of tulle onto the elastic waistband. It is easy if you stretch the elastic loop around a large book to hold it in place. Next take your strips of tulle (I kept mine layered so that I was knotting on .