How to Make a Tutu 2.0
- Tulle- To do three rows of tulle on the tutu you will need: 2-3 metres for a child’s tutu, 6-7 metres for a tween or 8-10 for an adult. If you would like to do more rows, you may need more tulle.
- Scissors or rotary cutter to cut your tulle strips
- Hand sewing needle and thread or sewing machine
- Something to stretch you crochet lace onto while you tie on your strips (like the back of a chair of a piece of cardboard)
- Cut a length of the crochet lace to fit the waist of who you are making the tutu for. Keep in mind that as you tie on your strips of tulle, the lace will “grow” so the lace should be a snug fit. Stitch the crochet lace into a loop using either your sewing machine or by hand with a needle and thread.
- Decide how many colours of tulle you would like on your tutu. In our example we went with three different colours. Cut your tulle into 4”/10cm strips. For a more visual example of how to do this, check out our previous tutu video http://fabricana.com/blog-item/no-sew-tutu at about the 1:18 mark in the video. If you are making a child’s tutu, you will now take those strips and cut them across the fold (making the final pieces will be about 4”/10cm by 30”/75cm).
- If you are making a child’s tutu, fold your tulle strip in half and put the folded end above the crochet loop you want to tie your strip onto (front to back) and back through to the front below this loop. Pull your cut tulle ends through your tulle loop and gently pull to tighten into a knot. When you go to place your next tulle strip you will want to skip one crochet loop on your lace (in the same row) and then attach your tulle strip to the next one over. Continue this procedure until you have completed your entire row. If you are making an adult tutu (or would like one that is fuller) the length of your strips should be the full width of the fabric (60”/150cm). Fold your strip of tulle in half and then in half again. Feed the (double) folded tulle end in behind your chosen crochet loop working from top to bottom. It will take a bit more effort to get the tulle around the crochet loops but it will go through! Pull the long end of tulle (will have two cut ends and one loop) through your doubled tulle loop and gently tug until your tulle piece is tightened into a knot. For your next tulle strip, skip one loop on the crochet lace (in the same row) and then attach your tulle strip to the next one over. Continue this process until you have completed your entire row. You can continue the follow the rest of the steps as normal just keeping in mind you will be folding your tulle strip in half twice before placing each one on your lace.
- To place your second row, go two rows up from your first row and place your first tulle strip in one of the offset loops in that row (so that your tulle strip will fall in between two from your first row). Tie all your tulle strips onto this row in the same way that you did your first row.
- For the third row, go two rows up from your second row and place your first tulle strip in one of the offset loops in that row. Note the tulle strips on this third row will fall on top of your first row or tulle strips.
- If you will be adding more rows of tulle just remember to go two rows up from your last row and place your tulle strips on the offset loops in relation to your last row.
Congratulations on completing your tutu!