Friday, October 9, 2009

DIY: Satin Wrap A Tutu

Here's how I satin wrap a tutu. 

But this is just to give you the basic idea of how it's done, you can wrap whatever way is easiest for you. 
This is an easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself project instead of buying!

Bethany was my very helpful hand model! 

Didn't she do a great job?!

A completed tutu
3 yards of 7/8" satin ribbon (I found it at Wal-Mart for .39¢/yard and Hobby Lobby for .83¢/yard) - you'll need more if you're making a bigger tutu. I'm making toddler tutus and 3 yards was perfect with very little excess.
Hot glue gun

Start by leaving a long "tail" of ribbon for the bow. 

In the picture below, Bethany's right hand is holding the "tail" and she'll begin wrapping using the ribbon in her left hand. 
Wrap from the inside-out. 
I like how this tutu looks wrapped this way - but it's totally up to you which direction you decide to wrap.

You'll need to get a good grip of the "tail" in your right hand, while wrapping the ribbon with your left hand. 

After you've made a fewwraps, you can let go of the "tail".

Wrap the ribbon between every two pieces of tulle.

Keep wrapping the ribbon until you've worked your way back around to the beginning. 

Make sure you don't pull the ribbon tootight as you're wrapping.

Tie a pretty bow. 

Cut off the excess ribbon.

Use a lighter to seal the ends of the ribbon.

Hot glue the bow in place so it won't come undone. 
I forgot to take that picture!

Ariel tutu all done!

Here's a Snow White tutu we wrapped too!

Making a tutu is very easy. 

There are many different variations, but the two ways used the most are the double-knot method and the slip-knot method.

Don't forget to check out my post that shows you how to Cut Tulle Using A QUICK and EASY Method!

Also, if you'd like to add ribbon streamers to your tutu, cast them on the same way you did the tulle, using a double-knot or slip-knot method.


Little Birdie Secrets has a wonderful double-knot step-by-step picture tutorial how to make the cutest little baby chick tutu
This is the method I used to make the Ariel and Snow White tutus.
Feels Like Home has a great picture tutorial that will show you how to make a slip-knot tutu on elastic.

I have an Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial that is a snap to make!
Momdot has excellent links to several different tutu tutorials too!

I usually make tutus using 1" wide grosgrain ribbon that's 50" long (longer for older girls), and then I cast on the tulle using a slip-knot.
When I put the tutu on Serenity, I secure it by tying the ribbon into a bow. 
I've made all of Serenity's tutus this way. 
I've never had a problem with the tulle slipping or coming undone. 
I wanted to do it a little different this time - an easy tutu that the little girls coming to Serenity's birthday party could put on and take it off all by themselves.

I would like give a HUGE thank you to U Create and One Pretty Thing and Everything Your Mama Made and Krafty Mum and Tip Junkie for linking this post!

Have fun!


Liz said...

Very cute!

Kari Sweeten said...

I LOVE the satin wrap! It just adds so much to a tutu. I'll be featuring today!!

Melissa said...

This is a very lovely way to finish a tutu. I sew satin ribbon to the elastic of ours so that they tie on but never thought to wrap the top in it as well. Thanks for the hints and tips!

steph the plumber said...

DIY: Satin Wrap A Tutu

THanks for sharing!

Courtney @ Sweeter Than Cupcakes said...

Thank you so much for this great tutorial. I love the way ours turned out!

Goff Six Adventures said...

I've made my daughter a few tutu's using the slip knot method, but LOVE the satin wrap idea...I'm totally going to add this to hers! Thank you for sharing!!!

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

the satin wrap is a nice ffinishing touch! Cute!

Lori said...

Another great idea...

Thanks for joining "Get your Craft on Thurs." I hope to see you next week.


Tiffany said...

I have never done this on my tutu's but I will have to now! Thanks for sharing and for posting my button! You're the best!

Karin Marie said...

I love your blog! Super cute! I love your daughters name! I have a thing for names even as a teenager and my fave baby girl name was Serenity Jade! So, when I found out almost 2 years ago that I was having a daughter I thought about the name Serenity again but then went to Serena but then changed my mind again and named her Amerie. lol & no way is my daughter Serene and Calm! haha.
Well, I love your tutu-tute's and I was wondering where you buy your tulle from?
Thanks a bunch!
Karin Marie

Melanie said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial!! I used it today!!

How do you get your tutus to look so neat? When I wrapped my tutu the colors kind of mixed together and it looked much more "wispy". How do you get your colors to seperate and get a neat look at the end?

Tara said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I was able to add this finishing touch to my daughters tutu that I made. I hope you don't mind I linked your page!

Katy said...

If you ever get around to reading this (I know this post is pretty old but I just came across it!), I want to tell you that your tutus are the cutest ones I have found on the internet.

I do have a question-can you do the satin wrap method if you want the tutu to tie on or does it have to be done with an elastic waistband?

Angie@treasures for tots said...

Katy I never satin-wrapped a tie-on tutu, but I'm sure it could be done. It'll look different than the elastic of course, but it bet it would be just as pretty!

Rebecca said...

I love this style. I usually just do the slip knot version around ribbon. Will have to try this.

Ally Waddle said...

I'm trying to do the satin wrap on my tutu and its just not looking very neat. I'm not sure if its a spacing problem (i have a little bit of space and when I pull the waist I can see the elastic or if maybe I'm wrapping it to tight)
Did your tutu have any space between the tulle slipknots? (I ran out of material and I'm trying to avoid going to the fabric store again! but i may just have to do it)

Angie - said...

@Ally: No I don't usually have much space between the knots at all. I actually like to scrunch them up as tightly as possible to make it very full. In the pictures, I didn't make it as full as I normally do and we are forcing the tulle pieces apart to show how we satin wrapped it. You could always add strips of ribbon, fabric or rick-rack instead of tulle and give it a very interesting look! Hope this helps!!

Ally Waddle said...

Thank you! I finally completed it and its perfect! :)

Angie - said...

You're welcome! So glad it worked out for you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for such easy instructions and great tips on how to make beautiful tutus! Instead of buying one for my daughter to wear on her first birthday, I'm definitely making it! Thanks for sharing!

marge said...

thanks for the instructions. i just made my very first tutu and can't wait to do more! good thing Xmas is coming!

5 Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed said...

Thank you so much for your posts, they truly are wonderful. I have just begun making tutus and I love it. As a beginner I have been using those crocheted headbands.I would love to wrap them in ribbon but have struggled with the how -tow of it. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.

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Pinkonlypink said...

These are adorable. I just made 12 for the girls in my kindergarten class. Yes, 12. And one for myself. I haven't wrapped them yet, I think I'll do mine first and see how long it takes. It may be worth spending my vacation wrapping 12 more. Either way, THANK YOU! K4 is going to be the cutest class in the holiday program!!!!

Pinkonlypink said...

These are adorable. I just made 12 for the girls in my kindergarten class. Yes, 12. And one for myself. I haven't wrapped them yet, I think I'll do mine first and see how long it takes. It may be worth spending my vacation wrapping 12 more. Either way, THANK YOU! K4 is going to be the cutest class in the holiday program!!!!

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