My baby turns one in a few days so I wanted to make her a couple of cute tutus to wear at her birthday party. One for the cake smash – that will get dirty – and one for her to wear the rest of the day. We are in Hawaii so the rest of her “OOTD” is a lei po’o made of fern and white orchids and a teeny tiny bikini. Sooooo cute, yeah?
Today I made those tutus and did a little tutorial video for you to follow along. I’ll also write out the steps below. WORD OF CAUTION: The first time I made a tutu, I thought “ouuuuu, I want the glitter tulle!” (pronounced ‘tool’)… um, yeah. Never. Again. I’m STILL finding glitter from that tutu – and it was MONTHS ago. Plus, the glitter tulle is “tougher” and harder to thread through… it’s kind of bulky so you need a longer length to get the same effect you get with “regular” tulle.
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- Tulle – pick your colors (Some places have pre-cut tulle) **For Waipuna (14.5″ waist) I used two or three rolls of different colors and did a 7 inch tutu length and had plenty of tulle leftover.**
- Rotary cutter (You can also use sewing scissors)
- Rotary cutting Mat (Optional but way easier to cut with this)
- NO ROLL elastic waist band 2/3 to 3/4 inch wide
- Something circular that is the size of your babies waist. Yoga mat, paper towel roll, big hydroflask…
- Glue gun
- Embellishments (Flowers, Ribbon, Gems, etc…)
- Measure your baby / child’s waist. Subtract 4 inches from that measurement. This how long you will cut your elastic so that it does not fall off of your baby. Waipuna’s waist is 14.5 inches so I cut 10.5 inches of elastic and used my hot glue gun on one end then overlapped the other end over it by about a 1/2 inch to secure. Hold it for a few seconds until it dries and wait a few minutes before stretching it over your yoga mat, paper towel, etc… whatever you find that is about the same circumference as your baby’s waist. My yoga mat was 14.5 inches – perfect!
- After step 7, you can be done. My pink tutu is done! OR, you can continue and embellish it.
- With my green tutu, I wanted to add a ribbon. So I took some ribbon and tied it into a bow and used my hot glue gun to secure it to the front of the tutu. You can do this with gems, craft flowers, or whatever you please. Your imagination is your only limitation! You can also create a ribbon waisted tutu by using soft (satin) ribbon and threading it over and between each piece of tulle, then securing with the hot glue gun on the ends. The ribbon I used for this gold and white tutu was pretty stiff so it didn’t do a great job of covering the tulle knots but you can imagine how nice it would be if it were satin