Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Tutu For My Ballerina

Sweet Girl has this really cute purple leotard (purple is her and my favorite color.)  But we didn’t have the right tutu to go with it.  We decided to attempt our own.  It was pretty easy to make and didn’t require a lot of materials. 

All you need is:
Tulle in assorted colors
 (we ended up not using the pink on)
a good sharp pair of

All you do is:
I started out by measuring Sweet Girls waist and cutting my elastic (you may want to cut the elastic a bit shorter.)  I was going to knot it together but when I pinned it in place for Sweet Girl to try on, I decided to just leave it pinned (you can also sew it – I don’t sew.) I put the elastic on these containers just to hold it up while I tied on my tulle.
You will need to decide how long you want your tulle and how many colors you are using (I chose 3 colors dark purple, light purple and white).  I didn’t want it too long so I cut mine at about 24 inches  - you will be folding them in half so your actual length will be shorter. I then rolled all the tulle and cut it all together at about fists width (a strange measurement I know but it worked.)
At this point unroll each of sections and hold all 3 pieces together.  Fold in half and loop from behind the elastic  - this is hard to explain so I hope the picture helps.


Keep going filling in all empty spaces. I was going to go back and trim off some longer pieces but I decided to try knotting the ends and I liked how it came out.  I didn’t knot all the pieces just random ones all the way around.
How cute is my model!?


  1. B-E-A-utiful. Love the colors too (I'm partial b/c its my fav too)

  2. Tu Tu adorable! The girl and her skirt.

  3. That turned out really adorable. I love the colors. Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the party. Hope to see you again next week.

  4. Your daughter looks like she loves it! Smart to use oat boxes to keep the elastic around. Please link up today at my linky party (Every Wednesday!)

  5. Aww she is adorable! I would never have known that that tutu was homemade!

  6. She is so cute! Love making tu~tu's! My daughter has quite the collection of them :]

  7. Gorgeous tutu (and your model of course!)
    I'd love to try it someday. I don't sew either.. so, it's a perfect project for me. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  8. So cute..I think I could even make that..

    sherry lynn


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  10. I made one of these for my daughter a couple years ago! I used a long piece of ribbon, though and she just tied it in a bow around her waist. Great trick with the elastic!

  11. So Cute! Thanks for linking up. Make sure to come enter contest to win a pair of DownEast Basic jeans this week.


  12. She is just adorable!!! Love the tutu... thanks so much for the tutorial... I wouldn't have thought of oatmeal containers! Thanks for linking up!

  13. Girls love their tutus. My daughter wears her tutu all the time.

    check out the silhoutte t-shirt giveaway for kids on my blog.Will look adorable on your daughter!

  14. very good. I would have loved to have a tutu like thes when I was a little girl!


  15. This is sooo adorable! Love how easy it looks to make and your little one looks soo happy in hers! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

  16. Very sweet and just in time to help some of my readers with Purim costumes! And what an adorable ballerina! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to have you!

  17. Oh...she's beautiful, your prima ballerina! Thank you so much for sharing the know how! I have to, the youngest, 4, loves to dance ballet at her ballet school. Here they are if you'd like to visit them. Im also your newest follower!

  18. The tutu is cute, but the ballerina is cuter!

  19. Hi Danielle...

    Wow...your little ballerina's tutu came out sooo pretty! What a sweet mommy you are! Your daughter is just precious! She reminds me so much of my granddaughter Caylee who is seven and loves ballerina outfits! Thanks for sharing this sweet post with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design


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