Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tutu Tutorial (Part 2): No Sew Tutu using Crochet Elastic Ribbon

Again for this type of tutu I have used the same knotting method as you would make a No Sew Tulle Tutu - but instead of using any type of elastic or ribbon as a waist band you use crocheted elastic.

You will need:
- some crochet elastic ribbon or a pre-made crochet headband
- strips of tulle or some other fabric
- ribbon or other optional decorations

1) Cut and secure your waist band. 
I used 2 1/4 inch crocheted elastic cut from a spool for this project - but you can buy pre-made crochet headbands at most drug stores. This stuff is VERY stretchy - you need to make your waist band much smaller than you think e.g. I made my waist band about 6" smaller than I needed.

I roughly tied the elastic together with a scrap piece of tulle before I started knotting. Once the tutu was finished I braided the join with satin ribbon and tied a bow. 

2) Cut your strips of Tulle
I chose to buy bolts of tulle and I cut them into 6 inch strips with my rotary cutter. This was much cheaper than using tulle ribbon on spools  and it was very quick to cut it this way.

You need to cut your strips twice as long as you want your tutu to be. I cut 26" strips for this tutu. Each round took approx 40+ strips. I knotted 2 rounds of tulle strips - so estimate you will need approx 55-60 yards of 6" tulle for this project. The finished tutu is extremely full. I have seen some tutu's made this way just using one round of knots - so this could be an option for you too.

3) Tie your knots into the elastic

Wrap the elastic band around something big (I used a sofa cushion) and start knotting. I started to tie my knots into the second row of the crocheted elastic. Use one strip of tulle for each knot.

Continue tying knots until you have completed the first round. Start tying knots for your 2nd round - each knot will sit between the knots on the row below. I think 2 rounds of knotted tulle yields better results that just one round - you could do more rounds - but the fluffiness does get a little out of control!

4) Fuss, Fiddle & Enjoy
The more you separate the strips and tulle and fuss with the tulle - the fluffier your tutu will be.

Previous Tutu Tutorial: No Sew Tulle Tutu

Stay tuned for my next posts:
- Recycled Plastic Bag Tutu
- Tutu using Fabric scraps
- Basic Sewn Tutu


lily boot said...

That is absolutely gorgeous Rachael! So clever! I wonder if I can talk Abby into wearing one - she probably will!

Dee said...

thanks for your great series on tutus. I am now following your adventures and I am amazed that you don't have a trillion followers. :) I am pinning your tutes and hope that it sends heaps of visitors your way.

Leslie said...

So cute!! So are you saying your waistband was only 2 1/4 inches long?

Unknown said...

Hi Leslie - the crochet elastic is 2 1/4 wide - you should measure your recipients waist and make the waist band about 6" smaller. I really hope this helps. Thank you so much for visiting Rachael Rabbit.

Unknown said...

Thanks Dee - I'm pretty shy - and bad at this social media network stuff - but your comment made my day. x

Unknown said...

Hopefully it will lead to you having to talk her out of the one you just made her ;-)

Anonymous said...

I love the tutorial! Thank you!! Can't wait to do this for my little girl :)
Can you tell me where I can find the 2 1/4" elastic on a spool. I've been looking everywhere. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rachael,

Lovely tutu!

Have you experimented with different widths of tulle strips? I'm very confused over whether to go with 4", 5" or 6", for making one with a crocheted waist band.


Unknown said...

I would stick with 6". The more tulle the fluffier/bouncier (and cuter I think) your tutu. You can buy 6" ribbon easily from a craft shop like JoAnn's or online at various vendors. I like the prices that you can find at www.tulleshop.com/. I really hope this helps. Yours truly, Rachael x