As you all know, I registered for the Flamingo 5k coming up on June 4th. It’s a race I intend to run with Nicholas. Julie is going to be running with her son too. She and I thought, since this is a race supporting women’s health, it would be fun to wear tutus and go girlie at it.
I thought they’d be easy enough to make. Well, I’m not sure if this is going to be a how-to or a how-NOT-to make a tutu. Maybe I just don’t like myself in a tutu. I feel like a heifer not a ballerina, but I digress.
How to Make a No-Sew Tutu
Here is what you will need:
- About 8 yards of tulle
- 3 yards of satin ribbon
First cut your tulle into sections of one yard each
Now roll your fabric being sure you’re rolling with the “fold” on the right or left side. In other words, don’t roll beginning or end with the folded edge as you want to separate the fabric (next step).
Cut off the edges of both ends (to even and separate layers of tulle).
Next measure and cut 3 inch sections (repeat this process for ALL 8 yards).
Next get your satin ribbon and measure your waist. Tie a not to mark the beginning and end leaving all excess hanging to the sides. (I tied a knot at 1 yard and 2 yards and adjusted as necessary).
Unroll your fabric and take one piece at a time. Fold in half, making a loop at the top.
Pull loose ends through the loop while securing to the satin ribbon.
Pull until tight.
Repeat this process until you’ve filled the area between the two knots (your waist measurement).
The end result will be VERY full and “poofy”. It will also be long.
I recommend putting ON the tutu and cutting it to your desired length. I think it is better to start with it long and adjust the length as needed. You can always go shorter but you can’t make it longer if you’ve gone too short to begin with. Also, you’ll want the back to be a little longer because if it is the same length all around it appears shorter in the back because of your derriere.
Here’s my end result. I’m not overly thrilled, but I think it turned out okay considering this is a no-sew project and I’m a no-sew kind of gal.
So there you have it. Either how-to or how-NOT-to make a tutu. You decide.
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What do you think? Will I embarrass myself if I wear my homemade tutu or would you go for it?