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DIY Fabric Tutu

DIY Fabric Tutu

First of all, let me say I can’t take credit for this one, I saw  this pin on Pinterest, and I nearly died. THE CUTENESS!!!!

Now, you know I don’t have a girl, this is an all boy house, but I’ve been dying to make some girly things lately…. and it just so happened that one of my bestie’s daughters was turning 5.

So the timing was just perfect.

I had to do it.

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I followed the tutorial behind that pin from Create Kids Couture

She has it all figured out by age — how much elastic to cut, how many fabric strips and how long they need to be. SO EASY! Kudos and thanks to this gal for figuring it all out for us.

Since my giftee was turning 5, I cut a 20″ piece of knit elastic (3/4″ found here), and I went with  44 3×23 inch strips of these gorgeous batik prints I’ve been hanging on to for a special occasion.

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They were in a fat quarter bundle I purchased years ago, similar to these here. Confession: I bought the Batman shirt first because I’m a total nerd and decided to match the fabric to the shirt. Lucky lucky me, I had these batiks stashed away that matched just perfectly!

rotary cutter for fabric strips

For my own sanity, I used a rotary cutter to cut all 44 strips. You can certainly use some good fabric scissors but it will definitely take much, much longer!

rotary cutter for fabric strips

Notice that I didn’t bother pressing the fabric. I didn’t see the point. I like the super ragged look with the fraying and strings and wrinkles — that’s what makes this tutu so dang cute, right?

pile of batik strips

After cutting allllll of my strips, I quickly stitched the elastic together on my machine (going back and forth several times for stability and to lock in my thread). Forgive me, for I failed to photograph this part, but I didn’t even pin it. I Just overlapped the two ends and sewed it with a zigzag. I took the elastic off the machine…

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..and stuck my legs through to have a “base” to work off of, because who has a child’s sized dress form? Not me….. and yes, that’s a piece of washi tape on my shoe!

Following the tutorial’s knotting instructions I began attaching my strips one by one after deciding my pattern/order of prints. legs2

The idea being that you want to keep the front, or right side of the fabric facing outward on the tutu. You will get fuzzy so have a lint roller handy!

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It starts to look really cool once you get several of the strips tied on. legs4

Before you know it, you’re done! I was surprised by the weight of the tutu, but if you think about how much a fat quarter bundle weighs, it makes sense!

Fabric Tutu Tutorial

Here is a closeup of the knots – you can see the imperfect fabric cuts, the frays and jagged edges…. I just love it!

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This was a lot of fun and I was able to get the whole tutu done in one afternoon naptime!

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So go forth and do! This is one of the projects that I decided to dive into after reading that book I mentioned in my last post… it really inspired me. Just get out there and create, people!

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