No sew tutus are fairly simple to make…however, when you have to make 6 of them, they are also fairly time consuming and back breaking.
I know there are hundreds of tutorials out there for the no sew tutus, but let me walk you through it as I make the party favors for the girls that will be at my daughter’s birthday. 🙂
What you’ll need:
Tulle in your choice of colors (I prefer the kind on the spools, generally they come in 6 inch widths and varying numbers of yards)
Hot Glue Gun
Optional: Ribbon, Flowers, or whatever else you would like to use to embellish it.
Step one is measuring your child’s waist. You need a strip of elastic that is about an 1 inch smaller than their waist (un-stretched). I get my elastic from any craft store and always use the 3/4 an inch no-roll kind. Take your two ends and either hot glue them, or if you are more capable than myself with a needle and thread…sew them. This is what you will be tying your tulle around. It should look like this when you are ready:
Step two will be cutting your tulle in the length you desire. For my daughter, I make all her tutus about 10 inches in length, so you would need to cut your tulle at 20 inches in order to get this same effect. Why? Because we will be folding them in half as we tie them in a moment. Generally, I use between 25 and 50 yards of tulle. Most of the spools of tulle I use come as 25 yards, but again, these vary. Make sure you have plenty. If you daughter is older, taller, shorter, younger, you will have to eye it and see what length you like the most.
My little sister is here, helping me cut all of this stuff. Thank goodness for her help, otherwise I would have lost it long ago. 🙂
Step three: tying the tulle to your elastic. Now, I place the elastic band on something round to make it easier, but it really isn’t needed. You will want to fold your tulle in half and slide it under your elastic, loop the loose ends through the hole you created, and tug slightly. Don’t make it too tight, or else the elastic will stretch out too much as you go. Pull it too loose and they will come off and it just won’t look neat.
That all might have been confusing…maybe the pictures will help:
Hopefully that helped a little. Now, just repeat this process all the way around. You can leave it with the singular layer, or, you can do a second layer. I personally always do at least 2-3 layers.
In order to accomplish the second layer, just over lap you first layer. Don’t push them to the side, as this will stretch out your elastic and won’t give you a layered look like you will want to be going for. Here is what it looks like with a singular layer:
Here is me starting on the second layer (sorry for the crappy picture, it just wouldn’t take right):
Here is a tutu with a completed second layer. This is where I will stop on these. Normally I would finish it by ribbon wrapping where the elastic is, but I don’t think anyone will really mind. Simple and cute, just a little time consuming:
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. More to come!