Ever since I knew I was having a little girl, all I wanted to do was make her tutus! I think they are SO adorable and maybe, just maybe, I am living a little vicariously through her. All I know is that one day she will either thank me for always making her wear them or resent me for it…. for my heart’s sake, I hope it’s the first one.
Well, this is the first Halloween since we had our little munchkin and besides getting her pictures taken in the “Pumpkin” outfit, I knew I also wanted her in a tutu. There are so many options and color combinations out there! But, for the sake of not being too girly, and also not doing the generic black and orange tutu, I opted for a Peacock version in beautiful blues, greens and black!
I came across a no-sew tutu tutorial online and I just simply had to try it for myself. So here is what you need:
1. Tulle (each one is 1 1/2 yards, but I didn’t need that much) – You can even buy spools in bulk here if you plan on making several.
3. Thread to match ribbon and needle
4. Any ribbon you may want to add to further embellish
5. Peacock feathers in this case (these are super cheap!)
I started by measuring my kiddo’s waist and cutting the headband ribbon to fit. Then I started cutting the tulle into long skinny 1 1/2 – 2 inch wide strands. Once I had my first layer cut (which was the black underneath layer), I started to thread it through the holes in a loop. Then you take your two fingers, feed them through the loop and grab the long tulle strands.
Then pull the two strand through the loop and pull to tighten!
This is what it looks like up close.
You keep doing this until you get the entire bottom row done.
Next, you start on the next row… I chose the blue. You do the SAME thing all over again. It can get a little tedious, but just have the TV on or some music along with a glass of wine, and you will be done in no time!
Start on the next row immediately above and between the black so you can fill in the spaces in between each black piece. This will give the tutu a more “full” look.
Hmmm, I think I am going to have to start getting manicures for these tutorials…. okay back to business!
Grab the strands of tulle.
Feed the strands through the loop!
Pull the strands….
Pull the “knot” tight!
Here is a close up of the second row.
Here is the second row complete!
Then…. you guessed it! You do it all over again with the 3rd color, but I won’t bore you with those pictures. Here is the tutu with all the rows of tulle and with the 2 ends sewn together by hand with black thread. Easy Peasy!
I then sewed the feathers on around the tutu and made it look like this!
In order to make the headband, I cut the ribbon to fit my baby’s head and I sewed on the peacock feather application from behind – it had a nice fabric piece holding them together from the back side. I sewed the headband onto the fabric so you don’t see the thread from the front.
And here is the Peacock in full bloom!
I just loved how it all turned out…. And she was such a good sport!
You can also check out this year’s pink fairy princess tutu I made for her here. I made a few modifications from the peacock tutu since she was a little older and actually using it to Trick-or-Treat.