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From: lilajane's mom
Date: 06-06-2007, 09:36 AM (1 of 6)
I am new, but I was reading the tutu post and had to jump in. I made this tutu for my daughters at Christmas. You simply buy tulle by the yard, more for a full tutu ( I think I used 8 yards). Cut tulle into about 6 inch strips. Take no roll elastic and cut it about 1 to 1/2inches shorter than the child's waist (it will stretch a little during the process. Sew the ends of the elastic together. Take the tulle strips, pull them over the elastic (so that the elastic is at the middle of the tulle strip) and tie. You can tie it once or "double knot" it. Keep tying and pushing the tulle strips together and in no time you will have a beautiful, puffy tutu for play. I will be more than happy to be of assistance if anyone needs it!
User: lilajane's mom
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From: ninifav
Date: 06-08-2007, 12:05 AM (2 of 6)
Thanks, that seems many 6 inch strips did that take??...oh, and cute, cute baby...
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From: lilajane's mom
Date: 06-08-2007, 09:33 AM (3 of 6)
I don't know how many strips in took, I just used the whole eight yards of tulle. You can use more or less, depending on how full you want it. And thank you, we think she is pretty cute ourselves:smile: !
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From: gymbomomto4
Date: 07-01-2007, 06:45 AM (4 of 6)
Okay I am trying to understand (brain doesn't really work 9 months pregnant) so you buy the tulle off the bolt and cut it in 6 inch wide stripes the entire length of the tulle right???

Please help a poor tired pregnant brain out. I am really wanting to make one for my baby's first birthday in about 2 weeks and I don't want to mess it up. :)

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From: PaulineG
Date: 07-01-2007, 04:36 PM (5 of 6)
The width of tulle (or nylon netting which is a bit stiffer) that I can buy in Australia is about 44 inches. If you buy some (a lot apparently - I think I saw about 8 yards recommended for a toddler - less for you) and cut it into 4-6 inch strips. So you end up with hundreds of 6 inch strips about 44 inches long.

You take a piece of elastic slightly less than waist length (for your model) and stitch the ends together. You can either tie the strips to the elastic so that the knot is formed with two equal lengths of tulle coming down (or out) from the elastic. The other way I've heard (method I'm going to try - sounds a bit less bulky at the waistline) is to put the tulle inside the elastic forming an upside down u shape - with the u being the half way point. The fold the top of the u over the elastic and draw the ends of the tulle through it and pull down.

Either of these methods require you to really scrunch together the tulle on the elastic - if you want a lot of fullness.
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From: material_pakrat
Date: 07-05-2007, 12:46 PM (6 of 6)
Hmmmmm. I dont care what everyone says about the elastic. I read all of the tutes on here, and the elastic needs to be 3-4 inches shorter than the waist measurement. I found that after putting all of the tulle on the waist was so large it kept falling off my daughter. Either that or you have to really keep an eye on the amount of tulle you are adding and make sure you haven't stretched the elastic too much. I also added a mix of ribbons with the tulle which looked really cute.

The U shape Pauline explains is just like the fringing used on a lot of floor rugs and scarves. It works really well, and takes a lot of punnishment from the kids too.
Cheers, Soph.

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