2012 05/08

Doll Tutus {how to}

Do you ever walk through an arts and crafts show and say to yourself, “I could totally make that!“? Yeah, I do that a lot. But rarely do I actually go home and make those things I see. No matter how easy they seem. There is a reason people sit at craft shows and sell these things…

They have the time {and often more talent} and I don’t.

This weekend we were walking {despite the crazy heat} through Art in the Park and the girls were oohing and ahhing over all the booths selling doll clothes. I was not about to spend $20 on a doll outfit {cheap ass mom} so we kept walking. Also, you should know that the girls have plenty of doll clothes in every size and most of the time they leave their baby dolls naked anyhow!

But then I saw these super cute tutus for dolls! Surely they couldn’t be too expensive! This would be the perfect thing to appease the girls and not be robbed blindly. Nope. Really? $10 for a doll tutu? A tutu that will be super cute for about a day and then end up at the bottom of the toy box, getting pulled out once in a while but looking ratty from toy box time?

So, I put my I could totally make that!  to work. I’ve made the girls each tutus before and it’s really quite easy. These follow the same concept!

Make your own doll tutu

If you have never made a no-sew tutu, here’s the basic rundown:

1. Cut a piece of elastic band to fit the waist of your doll, plus a small amount extra. You can either sew the ends of the elastic band together or adhere some velcro to each end.
:: Another option is to use a ribbon for the waist band. Measure the ribbon long enough to fit the waist of the doll, plus extra on either end to tie a nice bow. ::
:: Even easier…if the size is right, you can use a wider rubber band as the waist band. ::

2. Select your tulle. You can use as many or as few colors as you want. We used pink and purple, alternating colors.

3. Cut the tulle. First decide how long you want the tutu to be. Remember, it’s a doll so it’s not critical. For reference, ours is about 5-6 inches long. So I cut strips 24 inches long, 3 inches wide. And we used 30 strips — 15 pink, 15 purple.

4. Fold your tulle strip in half (end to end). Then fold it in half again. Place the middle of the folded strip under the elastic band, creating a little loop. Pull the tail through the look (like a little slip knot) and pull tight. Continue this with each strip until you’ve covered your elastic band.

Make your own Doll Tutu

This is something you could probably have your older girls help you with! If you cut all the tulle strips, they could easily do the tying.

Make your own doll tutu

And how cute would it be to make matching tutus for your little girl and her doll! Just use the same process with longer and possibly wider strips of tulle.

Or just check out your next craft show. I’m sure someone will be selling them!

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