Open up your “All Things Girly” file ‘cause we’re going to talk Tu-Tus! There’s just something magical about all that fluff, isn’t there? So, I’ve rounded up a whole downy stack of Tu-Tu Tutorials for you and your little women to enjoy. Grab 10 yards or so of tulle and get ready!
A few years ago Janet, one of the talented women I worked with at Seattle based Pacific Fabrics, had a granddaughter who was over the moon and back again about the latest Disney movie. You know, the one that involved two princesses, lots of ice and a wacky little snowman that melted all our hearts? My friend, being the loving Grandma that she is, designed a really fabulous, really simple Princess dress inspired by the queen of the frozen kingdom and her granddaughter was instantly smitten. I think she probably got Grandma of the Year for this one and now you can, too!
You’ll need 10 – 15 yards of solid tulle for this smashing gown along with 3 – 4 yards of polka dot tulle and a few other supplies. It takes a lot, repeat – a lot of tulle for anything Tu-Tu, but here’s the really great thing about tulle – it’s inexpensive. You don’t need bridal quality veiling, just plain old tulle and your local fabric store can definitely help you out. And, see that sweet smile on her granddaughter’s face? You’ll be seeing that on your favorite little one’s face soon, too! Click here for a PDF tutorial on making the Princess Tu-Tu Gown.
You don’t always need a whole gown to create shimmering magic, though. Just a skirt will do and the Ribbon Trimmed Tu-Tu Tutorial written by Michelle for the Ribbon Retreat blog may be just right. This is an absolutely stunning toddler size Tu-Tu that uses rolls of 6” wide tulle. If you want to make it for a larger child or adult, just use tulle yardage instead and re-size accordingly. Most tulle comes quite wide and is folded double width on the bolt, so keep that in mind when you’re planning. The one trick with a Tu-Tu is LOTS of tulle, so just make sure you use plenty. The ribbon edging on this version really gives it a “touched by fairy dust” look. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Michelle’s tutorial is totally easy-to-follow and includes loads of pictures – click here.
“Mom (or Dad), I need a Tu-Tu in school colors for our pep rally!!!!” And . . . when is the pep rally? Tomorrow, of course! No problem, here’s a simple, basic Tu-Tu Tutorial that will help you make a Tu-Tu super-quick. It includes instructions for making a Tu-Tu for any size from child to adult (in case Mom or Dad need one, too) and shows some great variations. Think about using multi colors, adding ribbon, flowers, glittery tulle along with solid – whatever materials you need to make the magic you seek! Another version of this basic Tu-Tu is shown at the beginning of this post. Click here for a wonderful Tu-Tu Tutorial written by Trish on the MomDot blog.
Finally, no Tu-Tu wearing princess, fairy or team cheering teen will be completely ready for the occasion until they have a Tu-Tu Wand to complete the look. Right??? Right! Fortunately, Sandi Therese of the I’m a Yarner blog has a wonderful Tu-Tu Tutorial for a wand you can easily make. Just gather up a little leftover tulle and ribbon from your project, purchase a short dowel and assemble. Click here to read the post and see just how this works, you’ll find it to be enchanting fairy fun!
I trust this hasn’t all been too, too much for you (couldn’t resist that!) and that you’re feeling much more Tu-Tu confident. They really are incredibly fun and quick to make and the results are amazing. And, if you want to make one for yourself, go for it!!! Enjoy the magic and have a Tu-Tu-Tastic time!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community.