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From: kcj'smom
Date: 09-20-2006, 05:04 PM (1 of 3)
I have seen several posts for ADORABLE tutu's made by tying tulle around an elastic band. I am wondering if there is a formula used for calculating the length of the elastic circle and skirt strips based on the childs waist and waist to floor measurement? I know you double the lgth of strips since they will be knotted to the elastic but are there any other guidelines I should be using? By looking at your wonderful photos I think I have figured out how to create a tutu. Most posts used 6" tule but I have a bunch of 3" ribbon that I will use - same basic priniciple, I hope. Any tips or instructions you are willing to share?

Thanks so much!!!
User: kcj'smom
Member since: 09-16-2006
Total posts: 2
From: esrun3
Date: 09-21-2006, 12:20 AM (2 of 3)
Sorry, I haven't made one before but wanted to welcome you to the boards! :smile: I'm sure someone will be along soon with some advice for you!
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: AndreaSews
Date: 09-21-2006, 05:12 PM (3 of 3)
I've seen this technique done with ribbon, not tulle, so my observations should apply well to your plans. No formula for any of this, b/c it's a fun and easy project! To get the elastic around the waist right, just take some and wrap it around the little person. Maybe waist measurement minus 2 inches? Just pull it around so there's a little tug, but still comfy. So you sew that part up to make a circle. For the ribbons, yes, you cut it twice as long as you want it and loop them around the elastic. There's nothing wrong with making it too long and then giving it a trim afterward. Make it any length you like. Could even alternate colors and lengths of ribbon--make the red ones shorter than the pink ones for instance. Cut on a diagonal (bias) to prevent freying, and you're all set. You could glue or sew on some little satin ribbon flowers either along the waistband or near the bottoms of the ribbons. Anything goes. Have fun, and please post when done!!
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
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