When we found out Madeline would be a girl I had visions of dressing her in all sorts of tutus! I don’t think there is anything cuter than a little girl in a tutu and a big headband. I mean really, how cute is this?
I had purchased three or four tutus (including the one above), mostly in bigger sizes like 12 or 18 months, but wanted to make my own. I knew it would be more economical and I could customize them any way I wanted. And who are we kidding, with the amount of tulle I would need for what I had planned I could make many, many more than I would purchase!
What else was I to do but take to Pinterest. I found a lot of pinspiration but not a single tutorial that really hit the nail on the head for what I was looking for. So, here’s my own tutorial, which is an amalgamation of many others.
What You Will Need:
Baby/Childsized Crocheted Headband
Tulle- 25 yard rolls of 6 inches wide works really well
The first thing you want to do is decide which colors you’re using for your tutu. I picked a few: solid pink (because, duh!), rainbow to match a onesie, black and yellow to match her Batman onesies to make them more girly (it doubles as army colors for my military husband), & red, white and blue for Fourth of July/Memorial Day.
Once you select the colors and purchase your tulle you have to cut it. You should cut them in strips depending on how old your baby is and the length you’d like your tutu. I opted to cut them in 18 inch strips. Be sure to use sharp scissors, I learned the hard way you cannot cut tulle with a rotary cutter!
Here comes the fun part. You want to use a crochet headband because they have holes along the bottom and are also stretchy. You will tie your tulle pieces into the holes.
I like to alternate colors and as I am working I look at the tutu to see if I need to add more of a particular color to a specific place. Once you have all the tulle you want tied in and it’s reached your desired fullness and length, you’re good to go! You can use a model if you need to to make sure you’re on track, I used Bruce Wayne, he wasn’t a great sport.
Here are some of the tutus I made – I just love them! I can’t wait to see Madeline in them when she’s a little bigger.