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Tutu-orial: How to make a tutu!

Tutus are a favorite accessory for Get the Girls Out events.  They allow us to be girly and fun while on the slopes, trails, or other outdoor arena.  And they remind us to not take ourselves so seriously – it’s impossible to have a bad time when you’re wearing a tutu!

Supplies: – Tulle of varying colors: (1) 10 – 15 yards of 56 inch wide roll OR (2) 100 – 125 yards of 6 inch wide spool – Elastic (I used 1 in. knit elastic) – long enough to fit around your waist – Scissors – Sewing machine/needle & thread – Ruler

Step 1: Measure your waist for the waistband.  Make sure the elastic is tight, but not too tight.

Step 2: Use a sewing machine or needle & thread to sew the ends of the elastic together, creating a loop of elastic.


Step 3: If you don’t have a spool of 6 inch wide tulle, cut 6 inch wide strips.

Step 4: Decide how long you want the skirt to be (I’m 5’ 4” and decided to make a 13 inch long skirt).  Measure and cut strips that are 2x the length of the skirt + 2 inches.  So, for my 13 inch skirt the strips would be 28 inches long.  For the tutu in the final picture, I used 56 inch strips of tulle folded in half once prior to following the steps below (the tulle came in 56 inch width, so this was an easy approach).


Step 5: Fold each of the strips in half so you have an upside down U.


Step 6: Place the upside down U of tulle behind the waistband.


Step 7: Fold both ends across the waistband and through the loop.


Step 8: Pull tight!


Repeat steps 4 through 8 until the skirt is the desired fullness.  Make sure each piece of tulle points in the same direction.  You now have a tutu for all your SheJumps adventures!


I began the process for a second time to make a demo video and used rolls of tulle this time:


Thanks to Amber Weyand for being a part of my first tutu making experience!  And thanks to Northeast Regional Coordinator, Tracy Remelius, for the clever title!

Enjoy your tutus and outdoor adventures!

– Cristy

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