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How to Make That Perfect Tutu

Pragya T
The no-sew method is an easy and simple way to create a tutu. With this method you can create a poofy, cute tutu or a long, elegant tutu. Accessories like sequins and decorative adornments in shapes of butterfly, flower, star, fairy, ribbons, and bows can be used to beautify the skirt.
Did you know that 'tutu' in French is baby talk word for the 'bottom'?! Tutu skirts or the dresses that are worn by ballerinas today.
However, this was not the case in the beginning, the first ballet dancers didn't wear satin shoes or a tutu skirts. But, today tutus are popular as ballet costume and there are various types of tutus.
Two of the most popular type of tutus are the Romantic Tutu and the Classical Tutu.

Romantic Tutu

The Romantic Tutu is of three-quarter length, and the hemline lies between the ankle and the knee. It is a free-flowing tutu.

Classic Tutu

The Classical Tutu is a very short skirt, which is stiff in appearance and can be either bell or pancake in shape.
When creating a tutu, it is important that you visualize and decide what length of tutu you want. Before you go to a store, make a basic color sketch of the tutu skirt you wish to create.
Here you get a clear picture on how the tutu will look and, help you plan your tutu better. So, let's get started.

Things You Need

• Buy an elastic band that is closed at the ends. Make sure you measure the waist, and select the length of the elastic band accordingly.

• Now, depending on how many colors you want in your tutu skirt, buy the tulles. Buy tulles in 2 - 3 different colors. Use beautiful color combinations like white and pink, purple with silver, or gold and emerald green.
• The length of the tutu skirt can be short or long. Ensure you decide the length of the skirt you want, and cut the pieces of tulles accordingly.

• The length of the tulles have to be double the length of the skirt because you will be folding the tulle in two halves.
• For example, if you want to make a tutu for a baby who is 3-year-old, and the length of the skirt is to be around 14 inches, then the tulle's length has to be 28 inches.

Creating a Tutu Skirt - The No-sew Method

• Take the elastic band, and fix it on the head of a chair. This will make your job easier, and keep both your hands free.

• Take pre-measured strip and cut tulle. Place it behind the band and hold it in the shape of 'U' with both ends at the same level. Keep a bit of 'U' below the band and the rest above it.
• Tie the tulle around the elastic band in a slipknot form. Just slip in the top ends of the tulle inside the 'U'.

• Make sure the knots are loose to re-adjust the knots later.
• Now gather more tulles, and keep forming the knots around the waistband, by adding knots as you like.

• If you wish to add some bling to the skirt, there are stick-on adornments in different shapes available. Just need to be pressed on the dress and then ironed on or you can fix them by sewing.

More Tutu Ideas

• Use extra stiff tulles, and make sure you keep the length of the tutu short.
• Add sparkle to the hem of the tutu, with some glitter glue.
• Use a ribbon, instead of elastic waistband, that makes it look elegant. Keep knotting the tulles around the ribbon, and tie bow.
• To avoid itching, attach leotard to the tutu skirt or use soft lining under the tulles.
• To hide the elastic band, can add glue a bow.
• For kids, you can use a crochet headband and start knotting the tulles at the end. Next, add shoulder straps at the top of the headband. Stitch some cute flowers on the headband to make the dress look more attractive.
There is nothing more satisfying, than creating something beautiful yourself. So, buy some colorful tulles, and elastic band, and few embellishments and create pretty and unique tutus!