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How to make a pretty puffy tutu

Perfect for your favorite little girl, or to complete a costume! I made two of these as part of the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum costumes for my musical.

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Everything you need.

Everything you need.

Measure where you want the tutu to sit. Subtract 2 inches for a smaller tutu, and 4 inches for a larger tutu. When you tie on the tulle, it will stretch and become larger.

Measure where you want the tutu to sit. Subtract 2 inches for a smaller tutu, and 4 inches for a larger tutu. When you tie on the tulle, it will stretch and become larger.

Overlap the ends of the elastic by an inch, and sew them together on a machine.

Overlap the ends of the elastic by an inch, and sew them together on a machine.

Not perfect, but it'll do!

Not perfect, but it'll do!

Place the elastic around 1 or 2 gallon jugs, depending upon the size of the waist band.

Place the elastic around 1 or 2 gallon jugs, depending upon the size of the waist band.

Measure the tulle into 7 inch segments, and cut. If you don't have a board like this to measure on, use a measuring tape, and pin it to mark every 7 inches.

Measure the tulle into 7 inch segments, and cut. If you don't have a board like this to measure on, use a measuring tape, and pin it to mark every 7 inches.

Place your 7" stops of tulle in  neat stacks. I used Static Guard to get them to lie flat.

Place your 7" stops of tulle in neat stacks. I used Static Guard to get them to lie flat.

Gather 3 pieces of tulle, and open so it is only 1 layer, not folded.

Gather 3 pieces of tulle, and open so it is only 1 layer, not folded.

Place tulle around elastic to tie a knot.

Place tulle around elastic to tie a knot.

Tie a knot, like you are starting to tie your laces.

Tie a knot, like you are starting to tie your laces.

Tighten knot.

Tighten knot.

Next, add 1piece at a time, but don't open the fabric--keep it 2-ply. Do only 3 single pieces (one of each color) and then add another long strip just like the one in the previous step.

Next, add 1piece at a time, but don't open the fabric--keep it 2-ply. Do only 3 single pieces (one of each color) and then add another long strip just like the one in the previous step.

Follow that pattern until you have 5 long pieces (LsssLsssLsssLsssL). Then, continue all the way around with just the shorter (folded, single-ply) pieces. This will create a longer look in back.

Follow that pattern until you have 5 long pieces (LsssLsssLsssLsssL). Then, continue all the way around with just the shorter (folded, single-ply) pieces. This will create a longer look in back.

Here is a front view of the finished product.

Here is a front view of the finished product.

A back view, but you can't see the longer layers in the back yet...

A back view, but you can't see the longer layers in the back yet...

The longer layers.

The longer layers.

Tutu...I will post a pic of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum in costume, when it is complete.

  • 13.0yd Tulle, 1-3 different colors
  • 1.0 Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Elastic waist band
  • 2.0 One gallon jugs
  • Measuring tape
  • Static spray