How to Make a Tutu

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    What is more exciting to a little girl or a prima ballerina than the perfect tutu? Making a tutu is a simple sewing project you can whip up in no time. Here are some quick steps to make your little princess ballerina her very own tutu.

    Things You'll Need

    • Tulle
    • Matching thread
    • Needle or sewing machine
    • Elastic
    • Decorative gems

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    Choose a pattern. Kwik Sew Pattern 2618 has an easy tutu pattern, but it is just as easy to make your own pattern.

    Make your own pattern. Measure the waist, the hips, length of the tutu, and the stride. To measure the stride take a step as far as you can, hold it, and measure. If the tutu is very short this step won't matter as much.

    Lay out a piece of poster board paper or large wrapping paper. Trace the person's body on the white side of the paper. Then retrace the lines for a skirt according to the measurements you took earlier adding a 1/2 inch for mistakes and sewing. Erase the person's body outline leaving the measurement illustration. You should have trapezoid shape. You just made a pattern!

    Purchase the material. Your tutu will be doubled up to add volume so purchase twice the size of your paper pattern. Buy the other things you will need.

    Sewing and Decorating

    Fold the tulle in half. The folded side will be the bottom edge of the tutu.

    Cut the tulle to match your pattern. Don't forget to leave the extra 1/2 inch for sewing and don't cut the bottom crease where you folded the tulle in half.

    Attach the elastic with pins 1/2 inch from the top of the tulle. This is where the two pieces come together when folded. Fold the remaining 1/2 inch back over the elastic and re-pin. Sew the tulle down where you placed the pins. Make sure the elastic is the same size as the waist measurement.

    Sew the sides together. Tulle doesn't fray so don't worry about the hem on the side. The bottom should not have a hem since this is where the crease in the tutu is.

    Decorate the tutu with gems or sequins. Use a machine such as a Bedazzler or a GeMagic to attach the gems and studs. Make it as sparkly as you dare.