my niece, Emma Grace, (you might remember her from here and here) turned 1 this past weekend. we were super sad that we couldn’t make the trip up to Chicago to celebrate with her, but we wanted to make something special to send her way. Being that they are die-hard Steelers fans, we created a black and yellow tutu, so she could sport her team’s colors!
NOTE: i was making a tutu for a 1 year old, so the length of each piece ended up at 15 inches once i cut them on both sides (keep reading to see what i mean.) but when i attached them via slip knot, that length was cut in half (cause with a slip knot, you double the tulle over itself…keep reading to see how to do a slip knot)…making the length of the finished tutu more like 7 inches (taking into consideration also the slip knot) anyway, if i were to make another tutu, for an older child, i would need my length to be longer. so say i wanted my tutu length to be around 15 inches once done. it’d be easier to make my board 15 inches long and cut only one side (leaving me with 30 inch pieces) so once i doubled it and tied them on, it’d be more like 15 inches in length. make sense?? i think i just confused myself. anyway…just figure out what end length you want your tutu to be, and make sure your tulle pieces are double that, however you end up cutting them.
on my second color of tulle, i figured out a much easier way to wrap it:
(or at just one end…depending on how you decide to do it!)
here’s a step by step of how to do a slip knot.
when pulling your knot tight (step 4), make sure that your elastic isn’t twisting around (like mine did in the pic). if you keep it straight, the finished tutu will lay better and not twist all over the place.
i feel like there are so many more tips that i’m supposed to tell you, but my brain is fried, and a few minutes ago when i finally finished this post and tried to post it on blogger, my entire computer shut down, not saving all of my work. so needless to say, i’m really ready to get this thing done! so if i’ve confused you a whole lot, and if you have questions, leave them in the comments section and i’ll get back to ya!