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Monday, September 6, 2010

How to make The No-Sew Tutu (for little ballerinas)

Welcome to the 2nd installment of the Bad Ballerina Series! This time I will be giving you a quick DIY on how to make your own "No-Sew Tutu" for little ballerinas!  (Actually, there is a teeny tiny bit of sewing required, but just a few stitches and can be done quickly by hand.)   Here is an example of the finished product. I made my tutu with blue and gold UCLA colors. Kind of makes me wish I knew of a little Bruin to give it to... Ah maybe one day!

What you'll need:
* Spools of Tulle - preferably in multiple colors  ;)
* Strip of 1 and 1/2 inch white elastic
*Good music and a smile

What to Do:
* Burn the edges of the elastic so they won't fray and sew the two edges together.  You can let the overlap about 1/2 inch.  Of course, for larger ballerinas, make the elastic larger and for smaller ones you can make it smaller!

* Cut about 50 strips of tulle in alternating colors.  The strips should be about a foot in length, although you will be folding in half making the length of the tutu roughly 3 and 1/2 inches from the center.  If you want a longer tutu, just make the strips longer and visa versa for a shorter tutu. 

* Tie one strip in a knot along the outside of the elastic, pulling so the ends are as even as possible (they don't need to be perfectly even, a bit of variety actually gives the tutu more depth.) 

* Continue tying tulle all around the perimeter of the elastic.  Remember to alternate colors! 

And voila!  You have a simple and adorable handmade tutu without having to break out the sewing machine!

Here is another one I made using some different colors.  Looks like Neapolitan ice cream!

1 comment:

  1. If you tell everyone in the world how to do things they won't need you to do it for them.

    Like the Joker says in Dark Knight - when you do something well, you should never do it for free.

    Something like that, anyway.


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