Wednesday, March 13, 2013

St. Patty's Day Fabric Scrap Tutu {Tutorial}

I love to make pretty, girly things for my little Miss. So when I had a bunch of leftover St. Patricks Day fabric from my St. Patty's Day Burlap and Fabric Scrap Wreath that I made last week (you can see it here) I knew that I would be using it to make something for her. She is a dress/skirt girl. It is a battle to get her into anything pant like- leggings sometimes, jeans, rarely and shorts.. forget about it. I decided that a fabric tutu would be perfect. It is something that is incredibly easy to make and she absolutely loves how it 'twirls'. She said that when she wears it, she is a leprachaun princess. :0)
As you can see, she loves the movement of this tutu.
Can't Get Started Without 
~elastic (I like to use 1/2 - 3/4'')
~any fabric scraps of your choice
I didn't end up using the purple fabric as I ended up having more than enough of the green.
One of the things I love about this tutu is that it is absolutely free to make. I just used all of my extra 'stuff' that I had on hand. The elastic I used was thinner than I normally use for tutu's, but it worked perfectly fine and I didn't have to make a trip to the craft store (although I do love my shopping trips to JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby).
To get started, I cut all of my fabric into 1 1/2" strips. My strips were about 22" long (which in hindsight was a little too long), but make your strips as long as you need for the height of your model.
I forgot to count how many strips I used in total, but I did end up using all of my fabric! Not one bit wasted. :)
Lots and lots of fabric strips.
Whatever length you want your tutu to be, double it because you will be folding it over and tying it around your elastic and ribbon. Make a loop behind your elastic and ribbon and then pull the fabric ends through the loop. It is basically a knot tied around the elastic and ribbon. Simple. as. that!
Just keep tying your fabric onto your elastic until it is the desired length for the models waist and then tie it off.

I tied my ribbon with four loops to make it look like a four leaf clover.
Miss J loves her new tutu! We have a St. Patricks Day party to go to on Friday and she is beyond excited to show it off to all of her friends.

This was such a fun and easy project to do. I finished it in under an hour! Have you made any St. Patricks Day apparel?
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  1. That is such a pretty skirt! It would be wonderful in pastels for Spring too! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

    1. Thanks Angie. I agree, a friend of mine and I have plans to make a few more of these with some fun colours for our little ladies. :0)

  2. So pretty! Great idea to do it with scraps too! Thanks so much for linking up on Hookin On Hump Day - we'd love it if you could get one of our buttons up there too. :D

    1. Thanks Tamara! So sorry about the button, I thought I had added it.. So much for editing, lol. Anyways, it is up there now! :)