No Sew Infant/Newborn Tutu

In honor of a friend’s new baby girl, I made a new baby girl tutu!  My plans for this infant tutu vary from when I made my toddler/little lady tutu here. New babies lie around in a swing or bouncy or in someones arms most of the day!  I know?  Who would have thought!  Who wants to sleep on a pound of tulle smooshed up behind them?  Since newborns also don’t move much on their own, the elastic used before seemed a bit overkill for a mostly stationary little person.  I used a pretty pink ribbon in place of the elastic and also attached the tulle pieces a bit differently on this one. 

Items Needed:

    • 1 yard of tulle
    • ribbon.  (I chose the polyester type versus the silky kind)
    • scissors

Taking your yard of tulle, keep it folded how it was on the bolt.  Then fold the  yard of tulle in half and then in half again.  Cut all folds.  Next cut strips about 3-4 inches wide.  So you should now have strips that are almost 12 inches or so long and 3-4 inches wide. 

Next, I dug out one of Ryan’s Newborn Onesies and used that to measure the amount of ribbon I would need.  I tied a knot in the ribbon on each end, marking where the tulle would be and also being sure to leave plenty of extra ribbon to tie into a pretty bow around that tiny little babycakes! 

Next I started adding the tulle.  I used a pull through knot this time versus tying them like I did on the elastic.  The reason is that when you tie the tulle around the ribbon, the ribbon collapses and then you have a tail of tulle on both sides of the ribbon.  Once you wrap that around a baby belly, the tutu would look funny being on top and bottom of the ribbon.  I used the pull through knot so that both tails of the tulle would end up on the same side of the ribbon, creating a poofy, tutu look.  On the first and last strip of tulle I tied those in a knot so that they wouldn’t slip over the knots in the ribbon. 

Start by folding the strip of tulle in half, placing the center behind the ribbon like this:

Pull the loop over the top of the ribbon and push through both tails of the tulle like this:

Next pull taught.  Don’t pull it crazy tight! 

And after all the tulle strips are tied, you have this, where all the tulle is on the under side of the ribbon.

Now just add your cute little girl full of sugar and spice and enjoy her tutu’ed cuteness 🙂  You can tie the ribbon towards her back when she is sleeping on her back, and you can tie the ribbon towards her belly for a perfect photo oppotunity of her sleeping on her belly.  She will have a cute poofy tutu booty! 


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A Tutu or two…or six!

Having doted on those adorable tutus listed on Etsy for weeks, I jumped at the chance to make one, or two for my baby cousin for her 3rd birthday.  My aunt who runs a daycare loved them and asked me to make her 6 for her little girls she cares for.  Below are my step by step instructions for making a darling tutu! (Obviously I do not get to make any for my household)

Items Needed for One Tutu:

  • Non-Roll Elastic
  • 6 yards of tulle
  • Needle and Thread or a heavy duty stapler/staples
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

To get started, measure the length of elastic you need according to your child’s clothes size.  I took a pair of my son’s 5T pants and just copied the circumference of the waistband.  Overlap the length by one inch. You can either hand sew the elastic, use a sewing machine or use a heavy duty stapler to staple the elastic.  The tulle will cover the staples.  (When stapling make sure to staple parallel to the elasic loop not perpendicular)  I chose to hand sew the elastic together   Note:  When making sizes smaller than 5T I would recommend using 1/2″ to 3/4″ width non-roll elastic.  Sizes 5T and larger use 1″ width.  

Cut the tulle into 6″ strips and then in half as a bolt of tulle yields about 59-60″ in width.  So you will now have a 6″ by 29.5″ strip of tulle.   You do not need to be precise in your measuring.  I measured the first strip and then used that as a template to cut the remaining.  Since you do not have to be precise I also recommend folding the tulle several times and cutting multiple layers at time to help your sanity! 

Note:  If you are making a newborn-12 months size, you can choose to cut the tulle strips in half again to shorten the length of the tutu.  These smaller sizes also require less tulle.  If making girl sizes (not toddler), you can choose to not cut the strips in half at all for a longer length tutu.

Place the center of the tulle strip inside of the elastic loop.  Tie twice. 

Repeat with all the strips of tulle.  If using multiple colors of tulle, I recommend doing the same color twice in a row so the pattern shows up more.  Example a pink yellow and blue tutu, your pattern would be, pink, pink, yellow, yellow, blue, blue.  Since the strips are tied versus sewn on, you can play around with your patterns and see what you like. 

After all the strips are tied, fluff and enjoy!

Now I have 5 more to make!

But it’s perfectly fine because Little Goose has decided to assist!  As any mother knows, things always go faster when kids assist!  *sigh*  Good thing he’s cute!