Jan 16, 2012

Sassy Girl {no-sew} TuTu

Those of you who know me personally, know that my Addie is a little bit of a mini-me.  I love that girl to bits, and man, can she make me laugh.  She's really starting to love playing dress-up, so I've been adding fun outfits to her play wardrobe.  Today I whipped up this sassy tutu, and she hasn't
taken it off since.  

I've seen a few different versions of the no-sew tutu, 
if you need a little inspiration click here, here, or here.


I've really been trying to use up some of the scrap fabric I've been silently hoarding away.  My fabric closet is FULL and it really needs to be cleaned and cleared out.  

For the tutu, I used both tulle and cotton fabric strips.  
I cut them in varying lengths and thicknesses, because
a.) I wanted a loose, relaxed looking tutu and 
b.) I was too lazy to measure and precisely cut everything.  I'm over it.

And, I'd also like you to know that I had them all in a nice neat pile...and then Miss Sassy Pants {pictured above} found the fabric strips and relieved them of their tidyness.


Then I took a piece of elastic that fit around her waist, and sewed it into a circle.  
Here's a confession: I ended up trimming and tightening the elastic twice as I was tying the fabric strips on...I think I tied them on too tight, stretching the elastic as I went.  
Oh well, it still fits, stretches, and is darn cute, no big deal.  You just may want to be mindful of that if you're going to whip one of these tutu's up as well.  It would probably help to use wider elastic too...this is what I had, so this is what I used!


I slipped the loop of elastic over a big Rubbermaid container lid.  You could also use the back of a chair, or pretty much anything that will hold the waistband in place for you.


Then I started tying the fabric strips onto the waistband.  Here's how I did it:


1. Take one cotton strip, and one tulle strip, layer them, find the middle and fold them in half.
2. Slip the folded edge under the elastic waistband, keep a finger between the folded fabric, 
creating a loop.
3. Pull the tails of the fabric strips through the loop you created in step two.
4. Pull the loop tight, securing the fabric strips to the elastic waistband.

And just keep doing that until the waistband is full.  It didn't take me a long time, I made the tutu while the kids were coloring.

Once I was finished tying all the strips on, I checked to see how it fit Addie, I ended up cinching it in a little.  Then I trimmed any strips that were way too long and that was that!


I think she likes it.

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10 comments:

~Randee@Randee's Organized Chaos said...

GENIUS!!!! ;)

Amanda @ The Little Giggler said...

So cute! Love it!

Heather said...

this is such a great idea! I (still) haven't taken the time to learn my "new" sewing machine (new as in Christmas 2008. oops!) and have collected a list of links for gifts to make once I do master it. Adorable Tu-tu's for my best friend's daughter is high on the list and this tutorial is a PERFECT fit for my procrastination. They live far away, so I may make mine on a ribbon that can be tied into a bow rather than worry about sizing.

THANK YOU for the great inspiration and idea!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

This is so cute! I have an almost 3 year old niece that will probably be getting this for her birthday! Thanks for a great idea!

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

Hi! Visiting from adventures in dinner. Love your tutu! I havent tried on with fabric.. Ill have to ASAP. Because this is tooooo stinkin cute!!

adventuresindinner said...

Small one will want about 10 of these. I need to get going on them soon :-)

Thank you so much for taking the time to join our Pin'Inspiration Party this week. I'd love if you popped by on Saturday and shared something fun at my "Beat the Winter Blues" Party.

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h. rae said...

And isn't she just the cutest in it? You're such a fun mommy! That's a darling little tutu!

Deana said...

Thanks so much for linking up this weekend @ CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party(what a cutie)..Have a wonderful week!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

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