February 28, 2014

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Doll-sized tutu

Has your doll caught the ballet bug this year? Well, this week's craft just might be the answer! This tutu goes together pretty quickly, and you can make it in her favorite colors...

All you need is some ribbon, and some tulle. I am using 1/2 yd each of three different colors, but I wanted mine pretty fluffy. :)

Start by cutting the tulle into long strips. I've folded it up, so that one short pass with the rotary cutter yields a single long strip. Using a rotary cutter will save you a lot of headache (tulle can be very slippery!) but be careful. Like any powerful tool, rotary cutters can be dangerous!

Next, decide how far out you want your tutu to come (mine is 4" deep). Then, cut a piece of scrap cardboard that length.

Start wrapping a strip of tulle around the cardboard; when you get to the end, trim off any extra strip. Then, cut along one side of the wrapped strip, and unfold. You should now have a bundle of strips that are just the right length and width!

Keep doing this until you have cut up all your tulle. It takes a while, but trust me, this is the easiest way to make it happen. :)

Once your strips are in order, cut a piece of ribbon for the waistband. I've marked off the length of my doll's waist (11 3/4") on the ribbon, leaving some extra on each end for ties.

Tie the ribbon around a book for stability.

Then, start looping strips of tulle around the ribbon. Fold some strips in half, run the loop under the ribbon, then run the ends through the loop. Pull the knot tight.

Start adding tulle at one marking, and work your way around to the other marking. 

All that's left is to tie it around your doll's waist, and fluff out the tulle a little bit for the most festive look!

Have fun, and let us know in the comments if you make this :)

For Pixie Faire,

Melinda


21 Comments

De
De

May 11, 2016

This was really fun to make, and soooooo much easier than trying to sew tulle. From first cut to finished project it was less than an hour. And it is adorable. Thank you! Great tutorial.

Sandy
Sandy

April 29, 2016

I’ve used the netting that comes on a 6 inch roll already cut. Much easier than trying to fold netting yardage

Melinda Autry
Melinda Autry

April 29, 2016

How wide did you cut the strips with the rotary cutter?

Sandy
Sandy

April 29, 2016

I’ve used the netting that comes on a 6 inch roll already cut. Much easier than trying to fold netting yardage

Jackie
Jackie

January 08, 2016

How fun is this! Cute and no sewing, as such,

Nan
Nan

January 08, 2016

This is cool! I made one but used the sewing it on the sewing machine and pulling threads like gathering and then sewed it and removed the stitching. Like the old ways eh! This was for a very small puppy so I also put a little bit of ribbon on the back so the rough edges wouldn’t be on her belly. Too much work but did look great.

audrey
audrey

January 08, 2016

Very easy wonderful pattern. thanks so much! making it today!

Helen
Helen

January 08, 2016

Thanks so much for this tutu pattern, think I’ll just enlarge it a little and make a “mommie & me” set for my little granddaughter.

Jen
Jen

November 25, 2015

I believe the final strip legnth is 2 inches x 8 inches.

@BARBARA
October 23, 2015
What is the actual length and width of each strip?

Irene Watt
Irene Watt

November 14, 2015

What a fun project and great result. Thank you. I did find it awkward working on the ribbon tied around a book. Instead I pinned my ribbon at the waist measurement marks to my jeans as I was wearing them, one end to one leg and the other end of the ribbon to the other leg, just above my knees, while sitting in my comfy sewing chair. By spreading my legs apart a bit I had the ribbon suspended in air, thereby much easier to work around and taught enough just by adjusting the width a bit between my legs. No book to get in the way and slow me down!

Barbara
Barbara

October 23, 2015

What is the actual length and width of each strip?

Nikki Hughes
Nikki Hughes

January 09, 2015

Thanks for the tip am making an 18inch doll in to a fairy thank you so much for the quick easy idea

latoia
latoia

December 07, 2014

I am making this now for a plush bunny i made for a friend’s burthday gift. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I used elastic but the technique still works fantastic!

Maggie Broderick
Maggie Broderick

November 18, 2014

Thank you! I was just looking for a tutu for my grands AG doll. The price is ridiculous…I am not a sewer … but I am going to give this a try. It is much nicer than the one AG sells. I will let you know how it works out. Love that its not sewing. Thankx again.

Sylvia
Sylvia

October 24, 2014

I just made 2 of these in burgundy and soft white. I decided to tie them onto elastic and made enough to measure around the waist adding snap fasteners (UK=press studs) on the last 1/4" of each end of doubled over elastic, they are quite hidden by the pouffs. I did have a tube of 6" wide tulle and used your method of wrapping it around a 4" peice of cardboard. This worked out really well. Didn’t have enough on the white roll and had to cut some wide tulle into strips….boy what a chore, as it really does slip. But it is so worth it. Thanks so much for posting this and Shhhh! it is for my granddaughter’s Christmas gifts for her doll. So I’ll have to let you know what she thinks later!

Cathrine
Cathrine

June 29, 2014

Cool and cute !

dayna
dayna

May 10, 2014

To Jessica: I think the net tutu idea would be a great idea for a crinoline type slip. super, super idea. Just my thought tho :)

Jessica
Jessica

April 10, 2014

Neat tutorial. Do you think this technique might also work for a net petticoat to go under a ’50s dress?

Carol
Carol

April 04, 2014

Granddaughters coming this week—cannot wait to present them their own doll tutus. Thank you!

Melinda
Melinda

March 28, 2014

How fun, Susie! Way to go :)

SUSIE TAYLOR
SUSIE TAYLOR

March 25, 2014

THANK YOU SO MUCH . MY GRANDDAUGHTERS WERE SO SURPRISED AND LOVE THE TUTUS. this granny feels top of the world

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