Want to add a little pizazz to your Halloween costume this year? Try making a tutu! They’re easier than you’d think, and they’re pretty awesome to wear – you feel like a cross between a fairy princess and a feather duster. Who doesn’t want that? Here’s a tutorial (or a “tutu-rial” – ha!) for getting your inner ballerina on.
What you need:
- Tulle, cut into 6 inch wide strips, with a length a little bit more than twice the length you want your tutu to be (you can buy rolls of ~6 inch wide tulle from craft and fabric shops or Amazon if you want to avoid most of the cutting). The amount of tulle you’ll need depends on how fluffy you want your tutu to be. I used around 40 strips for my medium-volume tutu.
- Elastic or ribbon to use as your waist band (needs 6 inches of excess)
- Safety pin
1. Measure your waistband to fit your waist and pin it into a loop with the safety pin, with around the same amount sticking out from each end.
2. Grab the centre of a strip of tulle and scrunch it widthwise. Grab the long ends with your other hand and bring them together. Your strip should now be folded into a loop which looks something like this:
3. Feed the loop under the waist band, then pull the ends through the loop until it tightens. You’ve now attached a strip!
To make the process easier, I stretched the waistband around a few yoga blocks and foam rollers to keep it steady. You can also use a chair back.
4. Continue adding loops until you’ve gone all the way around the waistband. Make sure you try it on periodically to see if you need to slide the loops closer to increase the fluffiness.
5. Once you’ve finished attaching all the strips for the tutu, you’re almost done – you can either tie the ends together to finish your tutu, or sew velcro onto the ends to finish off your waistband. Done!
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