Monday, February 3, 2014

Tinkerbell Party - DIY Tulle Tutus

My daughter wanted to have a Tinkerbell Party for her 3rd Birthday.  I was excited by this because I knew there were so many fun things I could make for the party!  One of the major projects I took on was making tutus for each of the little girls.  The little girl guests were given tutus and matching fairy wings, while the little boys were given Peter Pan hats and swords (read about this in a separate post).

Fairy Wings

I purchased the fairy wings on Amazon from Sassy Frass Boutique.  It was about $25 for 5 fairy wings.  I specified the colors that I wanted in a conversation with the shop owner.  Be sure to place the order early so that you have time to match the tulle with the wings and then make the tutus.

Link to the Amazon order page:

Instructions to Make Tulle Tutus


Supplies Needed

  • Tulle (white and additional colors to match fairy wings)
  • White Elastic
  • Scissors


Step 1: Get Tulle

You can buy tulle at any fabric store in large rolls of fabric or as thinner strips on a bolt (tulle ribbon).  I purchased large pieces of tulle fabric.  For each tutu you will need about 28 strips of tulle (use more if you have a larger child or would like a fuller tutu).  Each strip should be approximately 24".  You will place two pieces of tulle on top of each other.  This means that you will have 14 pairs of tulle that will be knotted onto a piece of elastic.  In the pair I always used a white strip and a colored strip so that the finished tutu was a soft color.  


Step 2: Layer Two Pieces of Tulle

Place two pieces of tulle on top of each other.  In the picture above I placed a teal strip of tulle and a white strip of tulle on top of each other.

Step 3: Prepare Elastic

Measure your child's waist then cut a piece of elastic to the appropriate size.  Tie the elastic in a knot so that you have a loop that will fit around your child's waist. 

Step 4: Make the Tutu

Start by folding the two pieces of tulle in half (end-to-end).  Place two fingers in the end where the fold is.  Place the folded tulle under the piece of elastic, as shown in the picture below.

Bring the loose ends of the tulle over top of the elastic.

Feed the loose ends of the tulle through the hole made by your fingers at the folded end of the tulle.

Pull the loose ends through the hole.

Tighten by pulling to create a knot.

Repeat this process approximately 14 times to complete the tutu.