DIY Baby’s First Halloween: Costume Tutu

This is the final post in our DIY Baby’s First Halloween Costume. Follow the links for the previous in the series:

TUTU

what you need:

  • tulle
  • elastic (I used 3/4 inch)
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • rotary cutter (optional)

1st: Determine the amount of tulle you need by following this simple formula

(length of desired tutu skirt x 4) + (3 x width of elastic)= width of tulle

ex. I wanted a short tutu of only 6 inches and my elastic was 3/4 in

6in x 4 = 24in

3 x 3/4 in= 2 1/4 inch

24 + 2 1/4  = 26 1/4 inches

DIY Baby’s First Halloween: Costume Tutu

2nd: Cut tulle into 2 in strips

DIY Baby’s First Halloween: Costume Tutu

3rd: Determine length of elastic needed by measuring the waist of the intended tutu wearer then add one inch.

*my tutu was for my 3 month old. One piece of 45 in wide tulle cut to the desired length (26 1/4 inch) was enough to cover the tutu. If your elastic is longer than 20 inches you will need more tulle. Most fabric stores will not cut multiple cuts from one bold of fabric. Be prepared to double or triple (depending on how long the elastic needs to be) the length you ask the fabric cutter to cut.

4th: Fold tulle in half and tie a double knot around elastic

DIY Baby’s First Halloween: Costume Tutu

5th: Cut the fold of the tulle strips

DIY Baby’s First Halloween: Costume Tutu

6th: Repeat step 4 and 5 until elastic is covered

7th: Overlap ends of elastic and zig zag stitch close- trim excess elastic

DIY Baby’s First Halloween: Costume Tutu

8th: Knot a few more strips of tulle over the area you stitched closed and you are done!

DIY Baby’s First Halloween: Costume Tutu

Make sure your camera is ready because you are going to want a picture of your little tutu princess!

DIY Baby’s First Halloween: Costume Tutu

And to finish her outfit off I added a pair of Baby Leggings.

DIY Baby’s First Halloween: Costume Tutu