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Are you looking for a tutu to complete the perfect costume, to wear out for fun, or to gift to a friend? For the crafty types who’d rather skip or avoid sewing altogether, no-sew tutus are a perfect solution. They are quick and easy to make, and once you know the basic procedure, you can experiment with all sorts of fun and interesting designs!
Why do you need to tie knots a couple feet from the ends of your ribbon?
Tutu-making Classes in Sydney
I am very grateful to my dear friend Danielle Legge who has given generous permission for me to use her patterns to teach others how to make classical ballet tutus. Dani has been my tutu mentor for many years and I would now like to share the benefits of what I have learned to others, just as Dani did with me.
Dani’s pattern is extremely versatile and designed for stretch fabrics such as lycra and stretch velvet. The great benefit of stretch tutus is that the tutu will grow with a dancer over a couple of seasons. In addition, stretch tutus have terrific resale value as they will fit a number of different body types and still look like the tutu was tailor-made.
I will be running classes from my studio in Sydney. They will be one-on-one over 2 days. The scheduling of the classes is flexible and I will endeavour to fit classes to suit students’ own busy lives. You may buy your own materials or I’m happy to make up a kit for you. It is important to purchase materials that are fit for purpose so you should consult with me first. You will, however, be required to purchase a pattern from Dani. She can be contacted via her FB page Tutus By Dani.
To undertake the course you must have intermediate sewing skills. Stretch sewing skills are handy but not essential as the basics will be taught. It is important though that your sewing machine has a good straight stretch stitch. Unfortunately, this is not a course for beginners.
You will be supervised through fabric cutting, garment construction, shown quick and easy ways to cut and shape your net, learn stress-free ways to gather 45 linear metres of ballet net, and importantly, how to tack your tutu into a classical shape from the puffball that emerges from your machine. After 2 days of focused work and personal instruction you’ll have a lined, 6-8 layer classical ballet tutu, tacked and ready for decoration.
If you would like further instruction in how to finish off your tutu, additional half day courses in Tutu Embellishment and Tiara making will also be available.
Ivory and Copper Aurora
The Embellishment Course will teach the basics of good design and ballet aesthetic, explore the materials that can (and can’t) be used, plate design and how to attach it to the tutu, creative ways with lace, beading and rhinestones, and how to make arm puffs, frills or drapes. Information on sourcing trims will also be discussed.
The tiara course will teach you how to make a tiara on a frame (basic) or a more advanced fully beaded tiara. Both techniques use wire wrapping, jewellery findings and crystal beads. In addition I will show you 2 effective techniques to attach the tiara to the dancer’s hair without having to pin over bulky frames.
As the instruction is one-on-one scheduling is very flexible. Please contact me for additional information.
2-day basic tutu-making course $500 (excludes materials)
1/2-day Embellishment course $175 (includes trim for basic plate and bodice)
1/2-day Tiara Making course $135 (includes materials)
Do you have a little girl that loves to dress up? I sure do, and we have a huge box of dress up clothes, most of them made by me! It’s so much cheaper (and more fun!) to make your own stuff! My little girl loves it because she can pick out exactly what she wants as far as colors and fabrics go! This No-Sew Tutu took me about an hour to make, and there is no sewing, so anyone can do it! This is also a great Halloween project!
Here is what you will need to make a No-Sew Tutu:
- 1 yard of tulle in whatever colors you wish!
- a stretchy headband! (make sure it fits comfortably, but snuggly around your childs waist)
Here is how to make a No-Sew Tutu:
Step 1: Roll your yard of tulle up longways and cut into 1 inch sections. Do this for each color.
Step 2: Separate all of your tulle into strips.
Step 3: This step you will do over and over all the way around the headband. You will start with 1 strip of tulle and match the ends together, place the open end of the loop under the headband, and pull the other side through the loop. Make sure you pull tightly so it will not unravel.
Step 4: Using the method above, go around the whole headband with your tulle. I used 3 different colors, and I used 2 strands of tulle for each color. If you are using only 1 color, you don’t have to worry about this step. If you are using 2 or more colors I recommend using at least 2 strands of each color or more, depending on how many blocks of colors you want.
Step 5: Once you are done looping all of your tulle pieces, hang your tutu up, and use your fingers to “comb” the tutu and make sure their are no knots. You can then see if any areas are longer than others, and trim accordingly.
Thats it! 5 simple steps to make a super cute No-Sew Tutu that your little one is sure to love! This No-Sew Tutu took me about an hour to make, but it was relaxing and fun, I just caught up on some Tv while making it, haha. Ever since I finished it, my little girl has been dancing around in it, and I bet it’s going to take some bribery to get her to take it off at bed time!
Here is the finished Tutu on my model (aka:my awesome daughter):
She thinks her little faces she makes are just adorable (and I guess they kind of are…lol) I hope you enjoyed learning How to make a No-Sew Tutu! I know I loved making it!
Looking for more DIY ideas? Check these out:
Finished Romantic ballet tutu
There are quite a few ballet tutu tutorials out there (say that 6 times, fast), but many of them teach you how to NOT sew a tutu. So, let’s get stitching!
To make sure you have enough tulle, measure your waist and multiply this number by 3 to account for the gathers. Usually, the standard width of tulle (about 2,5 or 3m) as you buy it in the shops will be enough. Then measure your desired length and times this by 8 for the number of layers we’re going to be making.
So for a waist measurement of 82cm x 3 = 246cm (enough to fit into the standard material width), and skirt length of 85cm x 8 = 6,8m tulle needed
Cut 8 pieces of tulle, 246cm x 85cm, with some seam allowance. About 2 cm either side will be plenty. With right sides facing in, bring the edges of the tulle together, and pin in place.
Stitch the sides together, leaving 30cm from the top edge. This will allow you to step in and out of the tutu, once the waistband is in place.
Once you’ve sewn all 8 pieces, nest them neatly inside each other, lining up the seams and making sure the top edges sit on top of each other. This is a really tricky beast as tulle can tend to slide quite a bit, and pins don’t stay in the fabric easily. Use safety pins to make the process a bit smoother.
When you have all your pieces firmly pinned, run a basting stitch on your longest stitch setting along the top of the skirt, about 1cm away from the top edge. Do not backstitch, or tie off the ends. Repeat, running another basting stitch about 1,5cm underneath the first one. Use a good, strong quality cotton.
Using the free ends of your two basting stitches, gently pull to create the gathers in the skirt. Do this very gently and patiently, as you do not want to break your thread and have to unpick! Keep gathering the skirt until it is the length of the desired waist measurement.
Now for the waistband! Cut a strip of fabric as detailed in the diagram. Remember to leave a bit of seam allowance. This waistband will be sewn onto the right side of the garment, and folded over to the inside to be finished by hand. My measurement allows for a 5 cm waistband (10cm folded in half), so this is where you will make your adjustments, depending on the desired depth of your waistband.
Turn the tutu right side round. Pin the tutu and the waistband together, right sides facing in. Leave about 3cm (plus seam allowance) on one side, and 7cm (plus seam allowance on the other side) of the waistband. This will be for overlap when you close the garment. Make sure that when you sew the tutu and waistband together, you run your stitch just below the lowest basting stitch — you don’t want this to show on the finished garment!
To finish the overlap ends, fold the right sides together and stitch. Turn right way round, and fold the waistband in half, over the tutu, to the inside of the garment. Stitch in place by hand, tucking the raw edge away as you go. Sew the press studs on, and there you have it, a beautifully sewn tutu!
This pretty DIY skirt looks adorable as a flower girl dress, a Halloween costume, for ballerinas-in-training or just for the fun of it. Almost no sewing is involved to create this classic tulle tutu, making it a great project for beginner-level crafters.
Girl’s Birthday Party Theme
- basic sewing essentials
- sewing machine (optional)
- (3-8) rolls of 6″ tulle (3-4 rolls will yield a short tutu while 7-8 rolls will yield an ankle-length tutu)
- 1/2″ elastic (length will depend on size)
- satin ribbon for trim (optional)
Make the Elastic Waistband
Cut the elastic to your child’s measurement. Fold the elastic so that the ends meet and overlap. Pin in place. Use a needle and thread or a sewing machine to secure the elastic loop. To determine the length of the elastic, measure your child’s waist. Subtract 4 inches then cut to that size. (For example, my child’s waist is 21 inches, minus 4 equals a 17-inch piece of elastic.) The elastic will stretch as you are putting the fabric scraps around it.
Pro Tip: For the best fit, always measure the child. But just in case you do not have that option, here is a list of the average waist size for a child’s age:
Purple Princess The Fairy Tutu is a simple no sew tutu with wand, crown and boa!
The Fairy Tutu Bodice is stretch velvet sewn in a tube style. If you do not have a sewing machine – you can still make this bodice with a simple needle and thread in 15 minutes!
The Fairy Tutu Crown is made from craft store foam and embelleshed with jewels.
The Fairy Wand is made from a dowel rod, ribbon, tulle and net from the no sew tutu.
The Fairy No Sew Tutu is made from net and tulle and attached to an elastic band.
The Fairy Tutu New Sew / No Sew Tutu
The amount of fabric required depends on whether:
- Tulle, net or a combination of tulle and net will be used
- The length of the tutu will modify the amount of fabric
- The fullness of the tutu will impact the amount of fabric
– Lee Ann Torrans The Fairy Tutu
- For this Fairy Tutu Lavendar and Purple Net were purchased 1 1/2 yards each
- Lavendar and Purple Tulle were purchased 1 yard each
- Pink Tulle was not used. (Changed our minds … loved the true purple look)
- 2 yards of quarter inch lavendar ribbon used
- 30 inches 1/4 inch black elastic
- 36 inches sash ribbon
The Fairy Tutu
Net and tulle come in 54 inch widths
- It is easiest to cut tulle and net across the 54 inch width.
- The lenth of the strip will be twice as long as the length of the tutu.
- 54 / 4 = 13.5
- A 13 inch length will be the easiest and works for most tutus
Individual strips of tulle are net are knotted around elastic with a larkshead knot (which is a macrame knot)
– Lee Ann Torrans The Fairy Tutu Knotted Tutu
- 27 inch lengths by five inches wide
- Tulle and Net interspersed in varying shades of lavendar and purple
- Total number of knotted lengths: 40
The Fairy Tutu How Long to Make the Elastic?
- Long enough to tie a square not and leave some extra to attach a sash — if you want a sash.
- Place elastic around fairy’s waist.
- 1/4 inch elastic used here.
The Fairy Tutu Finished Tutu with Sash
Finished Tutu with Shihtzu and Ribbons tied in square knot around elastic.
This was totally his idea!
The Fairy Tutu The Boa! $5.00 from the craft store.
Introduction: How to Make a No-sew Tutu
How to make a no-sew tutu
12 yards of tulle
wood board with o-rings (optional)
In order to construct a no-sew tutu, you must start by pre-cutting your tulle fabric into strips twice the length that you want your tutu. The width is less important but somewhere around 10 inches is good. Also, keep in mind you will need about 12 yards of fabric to make an appropriately fluffy adult size tutu.
Cut a piece of ribbon to the size of your waist plus plenty extra on each side to tie it closed. I recommend affixing to a long wooden board with o-rings so that the ribbon stays taut. You can tie loop knots so that it is easier to untie when you are finished
The next step is to take two or three strips of the pre-cut tulle and fold the bunch in half, using your index finger to place over the ribbon. It is important that all you loop the pieces in the same direction so that the knots face the same direction on the row.
Using two fingers, fold the loop of the fabric over the back of the ribbon and pull the two pieces through from the front. This is the basic of this technique and every person will find their own best way to do it depending on hand dominance and preference. Just remember to do each one the same.
Pull the knot taut (this is where a firm attached surface comes in handy) and then slide the piece over to meet the piece before it so that all knots face up. Aside from the no-sew benefit, this method allows you to use as many colors as you want and also produces a every fluffy tutu! The more you squish the loop knots together, the fluffier it will be. Happy Tutu Tuesday!
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December 17, 2011 by Anna Ranson
- tulle/ netting in your choice of colour
I originally bought this pink netting on a roll for C’s fairy party to decorate the garden with. The rolls were 25 yards each. I planned to reuse it eventually to make some tutus and the width and length turned out to be just right, which was lucky! I sourced this on eBay and it was very reasonable.
First of all, measure around the wasit using the elastic, making sure it’s quite snug as otherwise the tutu will fall down when dancing! Tie it into a circle.
Then cut the tulle into a pile of roughly equal lengths. Mine were about the length of my forearm, but that’s hardly exact! You can be more precise if you wish. I was aiming for quick and easy 😉
Take one piece and fold it in half. Lay it over the top of the elastic. Tuck the two ends behind the elastic and through the little gap in the middle, pulling it snugly to form a simple knot.
Don’t make it too tight as it will be hard to move the strips around later if you need to adjust them.
Continue adding the pieces in this way, tying them as closely together as possible to give it a really full look.
You can be as inventive or simple as you like at this stage. For one of the tutus I used just one shade of pink. For the other I used mainly pale pink but added in a few darker ones too. You could also add ribbons using the same method to attach them.
Continue tying the pieces on until the elastic is completely covered. This will cover the knot too.
That’s it!! Find some willing volunteers to test them out and have some fun!
C. calls this her “twirling skirt” and I think that’s a perfect description!
It’s not all perfect in terms of matching lengths, but I secretly admit to quite liking that effect! Not too pristine, but still plenty of frothy-girly-goodness for dressing ups, make believe and dancing!
And for looking pretty darn cute with your sister too!