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Making tutu's?

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    Posted: 24 Mar 2012 at 1:02pm
Are tutu's simple to make?

A friend suggested to me that for DD's birthday the girls could make their own tutu's. She said that she went to a party for her DD and they made them but used strips of fabric, tulle, and ribbon and made them themselves. Her DD was turning 7.

My DD is turning 6. Her friends range from 4.5 to 5.5. Is it something that would need hands on help from the mom's or would it be something we can set up for them and they can enjoy making themselves. I don't expect them to be "perfect" but thought it would be fun to have something they could take home that they created themselves.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote taowensf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Mar 2012 at 2:50pm
I made one for dd once, just with a length of elastic that I sewed the ends of together, then strips of tulle that I knotted around the elastic. Maybe some of the girls could do that themselves? 
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Knotting the tulle around the elastic waistband is probably the easiest for youngish kids to do on their own.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sarah2106 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Mar 2012 at 3:12pm
I was thinking about just doing it around an elastic band. Maybe put the band on the back of a chair so that it is at a height and stable and then the girls could just tie things on that they like - ribbon, tulle, fabric... things like that.

Glad to hear it really is that simple I was thinking I was missing a step or something since it seemed like a simple idea.
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I did the same ... just elastic sewn together with tulle tied around it.  The only thing is that the tulle is scratchy on such soft skin.  I want to make one with chiffon (I think) and maybe some tulle as the top layer.


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Awwww so cute
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awww how adorable! and what a cutie too Selah!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote KeepItSimple Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Mar 2012 at 7:43pm
My mother made a couple with the tulle tied around the elastic and honestly it was a pain for the girls to wear.  The ones that have a length of tulle stitched around the band hold up and wear better.  Cute either way though.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sarah2106 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Mar 2012 at 11:29pm
Hummm maybe pre make the waist band in a casing and then the girls can attach to that. That would still be simple and easy
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Hey! I just started teaching my daughter how to make a tutu and showed her the double knot technique and the slipknot technique, and I believe the slipknot technique is much easier to master. At least this was the case with my daughter.

I definitely think you need to precut all the strips and either sew the waistbands or use those centimeter wide stretchy headbands from the drugstore as the waistband. I started to write a long tutorial and thought it would be better to use pictures to illustrate. I have the written instructions on my website as well. Hope this helps! :)

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