January 22, 2011

How to make tutus

With my twins turning the big ONE year old on February 3rd....and my four year old turning 5 on February 9th, I decided to have a joint birthday party on February 6...right smack in the middle of both dates and it also happens to be a Sunday..yeah!!!
Cesina decided to go with a ballerina Barbie theme which had two twin girls (what luck!) The colours are hot pink and purple and I am carrying the hot pink colour into the kitchen to make that the twins area.

The first thing I started with was making the tutu's so that I could take picture of the girls wearing them.
I used 9 yards of tulle which was only $1.50 per yard & 4 yards of ribbon to string through the tulle.

I measured the length according to the height of each girl and the desired length which for me was right at knee level. Then I cut the tulle into pieces which were 3ft in length and aprox1-2ft in height.
One end was then folded over and sewed by the a machine.I didn't have great success when I used pins on the first piece of tulle. The material is not very easy to work with and the pins got caught...hence the wiggling lines above on the left hand side of the picture.

I tied the ribbon onto a bigger needle and strung it through the tulle.

I kept adding more pieces until the tutu looked full and puffy

Dress rehearsal / book sampling
The finished tutus in action

Best part is that it can grow with them because I used an extra long piece of ribbon...that and I wanted a big bow when I tied it up.
; )

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