Building Off the Grid: Now take the tails of the tulle and pull them over the elastic and through the loop and gently tighten to form a knot. Now we will begin wrapping the tulle around the elastic. You can find it in arts and crafts stores.
Secure it with tape, then wrap and tie the ribbon around it. You don't have to do this, but many people find it easier to tie the tulle strips to the ribbon if it's on a cylindrical base. Fold a strip of tulle in half and slide it down behind the ribbon. Bring the narrow ends of the tulle together to fold it in half. Slip the folded part behind the ribbon so that it is sticking out of the bottom edge by about 1 inch 2. Pull the long ends of the tulle strip through the loop.
Gather both of the long tails of the tulle strip. Thread them through the loop, then tug down on them to tighten the knot. Make sure that the knot is tight enough so that it scrunches together and folds the ribbon. When you are done, the tulle should be sticking out from the bottom edge of the ribbon. Slide the tulle over to the left knot, and add another strip.
Once you have the first strip of tulle secure, slide it along the ribbon until it bumps up against the knot on the left side. Fold a second strip of tulle in half, slip it behind the ribbon, and pull the ends through the loop. Slide it over until it bumps up against the first piece of tulle. Continue adding strips of tulle until the you reach the other knot.
You can control the fullness of your tutu by how tightly you push the strips of tulle together. The more you scrunch them together, the fuller the tutu will be. The more loosely you scrunch them, the thinner it will be. Take the tutu off of the cylinder base and trim it, if needed. Once you reach the knot on the other end of your ribbon, you are done. Take the tutu off of the cylinder and spread it out on a flat surface.
Smooth out the tulle strips, then trim down any pieces that are too long. This would be perfect for a forest or pirate fairy! Don't worry about pieces that are too short. They won't be visible thanks to the fullness of the tutu. Wrap it around your waist and tie the ends into a big bow. You can position the bow on the front or on the back. If the bow is too big, trim down the ends to make it shorter. Make sure that you cut off the same amount on both ends, and that you heat seal them.
Get some tulle on a spool and cut it twice the length you need it to be. Decide how long you want the tutu to be—anywhere from mid-thigh to knee-length would work great. Gather the pieces into a pile so they don't get tangled. You can find it in arts and crafts stores. You will need to use the entire spool. Tie a piece of elastic around your waist, then take it off. Wrap it around your waist, tie it in a knot, then slip it off.
The elastic needs to be tight enough so that it doesn't slip off of your waist, but loose enough so that it feels comfortable. Put the elastic onto a cylindrical base. Roll a piece of poster paper into a tube that matches your waist measurement. Secure it with tape, then slide the elastic over the tube. This is not absolutely necessary, but it will make it easier to attach the tulle.
It will also prevent you from accidentally stretching the elastic out while tying the tulle on. Fold a piece of tulle in half and slide it under the elastic. Slip the folded part under the elastic so that it is sticking out from the bottom edgy by about 1 inch 2.
For a fuller tutu, stack 2 to 3 strips of tulle. Thread the long ends of the tulle down through the loop. Take both ends of the tulle and pull them down through the loop. Gently tug down on them to tighten the knot.
Make sure that the knot is tight. Add more strips of tulle until the elastic is full. Keep adding strips of tulle using the same technique as you did for the first strip.
Scrunch them together so that you can see the elastic. Be careful not the stretch the elastic, however, or the tutu will be too loose. Slip the tutu off of the cylinder base and trim off any unevenness. You only need to cut down the pieces that look too long compared to the others. Don't worry about the pieces that are too short. They will be hidden inside the tutu and unnoticeable.
Alternatively, you can leave the bottom of the tutu untrimmed. This would be great for a wicked or spooky fairy! Buy tulle on a spool and cut it twice as long you want the tutu to be. Decide how long you want the tutu to be, then double that measurement. Cut the tulle down to that measurement, making sure to use up the entire spool. Keep all your pieces of tulle in an organized stack.
Your tutu can be any length you want it to be. Something between mid-thigh and knee-length would be ideal, however. You can buy tulle on a spool in an arts and crafts store. Get a crochet headband that looks nice with your tulle.
These headbands look like a wide band that is crocheted out of thin, colorful elastic. The holes will allow you to make additional rows of knotted tulle for a thicker tutu. The elastic headband may not fit an older child's or adult's waist.
If you really want to use this method for an adult's tutu, buy some crocheted ribbon from a fabric store, then cut and sew it into a waistband that fits you.
Refer to the elastic method instead. Place the headband onto a cylindrical object that fits your waist. Roll some poster paper into a tube that's the same size as your waist. Tape or staple the tube together, then slip the headband over it.
This will make it easier to attach the tulle. Fold a strip of tulle in half, then thread it down through a hole on the headband. Bring the narrow ends of a tulle strip together to fold it in half. Choose a hole along the bottom edge of your headband to start with, then pull the folded end of the tulle down through the hole. You want the loop to be sticking out of the bottom of the headband by about 1 inch 2.
You can stack 2 to 3 strips of tulle together for an even thicker tutu. Thread the loose ends of the tulle strip down through the hole. Grab the two loose ends of the tulle.
Thread them through the loop ed folded end of the tulle. Gently tug down on them. The two strands should now be sticking out of the bottom edge of the headband. Fill the rest of the bottom row with tulle. These sizes are not meant to go all the way to the floor, but rather to the ankles.
Long tutus are not recommended for children under the age of 3, as they can be difficult to crawl in. Once you have cut all of your tulle into strips, take the first strip and fold in half so that it creates a loop. Bring the loop of your tulle up and over the inside of the elastic. The bottom of your tulle will be beneath the elastic waistband and the top of the loop will be above.
With the loop still above the elastic, grab both of the bottom ends of the tulle strip. Pull the bottom ends of the tulle through your upper fabric loop. Pull tight to create a knot around the top. Repeat with the remaining tulle strips.
As you are adding the tulle strips, occasionally push the top knots together. This will stretch the elastic a bit to give you more room to add more strips for a really full tutu. Repeat until you make it around the entire waistband and can no longer see the elastic. Repeat the process of tying the tulle onto the waistband in between the tulle knots that are already tied on. Repeat until you have made it all around the waistband and your entire first tier tulle color is covered up. You now have a fabulous classic tutu that your kids will adore, and of course, it makes for great photos.
Attach Tulle to Elastic Band Once you have cut all of your tulle into strips, take the first strip and fold in half so that it creates a loop. You can also add a satin ribbon as embellishment. Totally Tulle You now have a fabulous classic tutu that your kids will adore, and of course, it makes for great photos.
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By the way, The Pinning Mama has an excellent tutorial on making no-sew tutus. She includes a size chart and has a really helpful way to easily cut the tulle. You can check out her post here. Easily make this for a toddler or little girl instead by adding length to the tulle strips and the elastic band. Since they work up in about an hour or so, your little one can have a different colored one for every day of the week! Alternate knots with different colors to make a rainbow tutu. How to Make a Tutu: Knotting the tulle in place Now you need to knot all the pieces of tulle onto the elastic waistband. It is easy if you stretch the elastic loop around a large book to hold it in place. Next take your strips of tulle (I kept mine layered so that I was knotting on .