Tutorial: How to Make a Ribbon Tie Tulle Tutu
We've decided as mentioned in our earlier post that we need to teach people a little something about some of the craft products we carry. There are lots of really cute things you can make relatively easily and inexpensively on your own, and we'd love to share some ideas with you.
So, today I want to show you how to make a simple ribbon tie tutu. There are other variations on this, you can even use elastic if you have it. I love this idea because you can use any colors you want, just as puffy as you like, and really personalize your own creations.
You will need:
6" X 25 Yd Rolls of Wholesale Tulle(I used 4 rolls--Purple, Lavender, Light Green, and Turquoise--that's a new color! I didnít end up using the white pictured.) The amount you need will depend on the size of girl and length of tutu you are making. This was for a 7 year old girl, whose waist was about 24", and the length is approx. 13Ē.
Grosgrain Ribbon (I used 7/8" Solid Purple Grosgrain)
Scrap Piece of Cardboard
Cut a piece of cardboard about the length that you would like your skirt to be, adding an extra inch for tying and fluff factor.
Wrap your tulle around the cardboard lengthwise. I just used the whole roll, so Iím not really sure how many times. But you can err on the side of caution and just do a few passes of each color at once.
Cut the tulle on one side of the cardboard. This will give you pieces twice the length of your skirt. This is good. Donít panic. They are supposed to be that long.
Once all of your tulle is cut, you can cut your ribbon. Use the waist of the girl you are making the tutu for as a measure. Wrap the ribbon around the waist, then add an extra couple of feet so youíll have what you need plus enough for tying a nice bow at the end.
Measure about about a foot in (or more if you like) to your ribbon and tie a knot. This is to keep the tool from sliding off of your ribbon. This is the start of the waist on your skirt.
Now take the ends of your tulle up over the ribbon and through the loop. Pull tight. The tighter you pull these knots and push them together, the fuller your skirt will be. If you donít want it too full, pull your knots a bit looser, but tight enough to stay put.I love the colors of this tutu. I think it turned out so darling, fun and Spring-y! I simply love this fluffy tutu. Making tutus for your boutique would be much easier than you think. If you just don't have time to make tutus, we also carry wholesale tutus that are only $2.50 each! Have fun creating! Let us know what you think!