Tutorial: Ribbon edge tutu

Hi everyone! Today I made this ribbon tutu for my niece! She is having a cheerleading themed birthday party, so I thought this would be cute with her shirt! This was my first one, so its not perfect, but I think it came out cute :) The ONLY thing that was frustrating for me was lining that tulle up right  (which ended up off on mine anyways).

Materials you need:

1 inch elastic
6-12 yards of tulle. (if you want a tutu like mine use 6, if you want a really poofy pageant style skirt use 12)
6-12 yards of 3/4 inch ribbon. (if you use 6 yrds of tulle you will need 6 yards of ribbon, ect)

How to determine the size:

Measure the waist of the child for the elastic

Measure the child from waist to the bottom of the knee, that’s how long you want your tutu to be. So if its 10 inches, you will cut your tulle for 2 10inch wide pieces by however many yards you use.

For my tutu I used all of the tulle with no waste, it fits a 3t-4t size.

First I sewed the ribbon to the edge of the tulle…


I then unfolded my 6yrds of tulle and laid out flat, and cut straight up the middle so I had 2 equal pieces of 6yrd tulle…


Then I lay the 2 pieces on top of each other, used pins to keep it in place, then folded that in half, so I had 4 layers… All 4 edges were on one side
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Then bring your tulle to your sewing machine and sew a 1.25 inch casing so you can run the elastic through…


Clip a safety pin to one end of the elastic and run the elastic through the casing..


Then sew your two sides of elastic together, being sure to back stitch in the beginning and end..


And there you have it! Heat seal the ends of your ribbon and you  are all done! Now if you are a little off on your tulle underneath, you may need to trim it so its even with the outer layer.


Again, if you want a REALLY poofy tutu, use more tulle!


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