Friday, February 3, 2012

How to make Abby's TuTu Factory signature criss cross tutu

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Here it is a step by step instruction on 
How To Make my signature criss cross tutus


This tutorial is for personal use only
You may not use this tutorial for retail
or to sell individually or to sell in stores or online
Thank You

Supplies Needed:
Tulle
Scissors
Ribbon
Straight pins
dress form
hot glue *optional


Step 1:
Take waist measurements where the tutu will sit on the waist
Next gather your ribbon
Cut your ribbon
waist measurement + 20 inches + 20 inches = total length of ribbon










Step 2:
Cutting the tulle
The best length of tutu for the criss cross tutus is 14 inches or longer.
Today I am making a 14 inch tutu
For the tutu cut your tulle strips
28 inches long
Start by cutting
100 strips
for your tutu










Next cut the tulle for the criss cross overlay
These tulle strips need to be at least
16 inches longer than the tutu
Criss Cross Overlay 
44 inches in length
You will need
20 strips total











Step 3:
Making the tutu
Gather one tulle strip and make a loop with your fingers 
shown in photo below



Place your loop under the ribbon at the 20 inch mark



Pull the ends thru the loop


Pull tight


Repeat for the next 5 strips of tulle



Now after the 5 blue tulle strips
add 1 pink strip


 Repeat pattern
5 blue tulle strips and then 1 pink strip


As you make your tutu, keep pushing the tulle close together 
Once you are finished your tutu should look like photo below
See how far apart the pink tulle are from each other

Step 4:
Making the criss cross overlay

Tip #1
To make the perfect criss cross overlay you will to put your tutu on a dress form
or
on a fabulous model who will stand still for you ;)
The purpose of the dress form/mannequin
is because the tulle lays perfectly over the figure and keeps it fluffed out while you make the criss cross overlay.



Now take your straight pins and make your first criss cross
Pin in Place
Pin the first row of criss cross as close to the top as you can

Keep repeating the process all the way around the tutu.
IMPORTANT*
Keep each criss cross identical from each other.


REMEMBER 
When you get to the back of the tutu make your criss cross wide enough to be able to slide the tutu on and off the mannequin

 Now start row #2
making sure you are directly in the middle of the top row

 Tip #2
Having perfect symmetry is very important for each criss cross


Starting row #3 keep checking the shape of your criss cross overlay
making sure it is starting to bell out



Row #4 you can start to see how the criss cross start to become a little wider




After Row #4 you are finished pinning your criss cross.
If you have enough length on your tulle you can make a row #5
pictured below

I kept only 4 rows and then trimmed the excess tulle even with the tutu


Now check your work and make sure you have a good shape all the way around the tutu.
If you do not have the shape you want you will need to take apart the criss cross and start over :(




Step 5:
The fun part!
Here you can choose what accessory you will attach to your criss cross overlay.
Since hot glue works wonderful with the tulle
the options are limitless!
You can use
Pompoms
sequins
pearls
rhinestones







I am making my fun criss cross confetti tutu
so I am using
square cuts of tulle
Start by cutting 3" x 6" pieces of tulle



Next tie your first square to the criss cross overlay.
Now pull the pin and set aside

Then take your second color and tie right above the first color


Next take your third color and tie right below the first color

Repeat this process at each criss cross

After I got started tying the tulle squares I noticed I need another color to "pop"
So I added green to the mix.

Please tag or send in your photos of you beautiful creations using this tutorial to Abby's TuTu Factory Facebook Fan page







20 comments:

  1. thank you so much for sharing this information. i can't wait to make some for my spring mini shoot. i LOVE the one i bought a couple years ago and will be thrilled to have more colors for the shoot. you're such a talent Britt, you're going to continue to go far and SHINE! xoxo

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  2. That is amazing. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. This is SO cool. Thank you for sharing. I am dying to make one.

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  4. You made this look so easy...I will be trying this tonight! Thank you for the post....

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  5. Loved this! Just made one for my daughter and it turned out beautifully! Thanks for the detailed instructions.

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  6. Thank you and You're Welcome! I hope she loves wearing it :)

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  7. I am a newbie at crafting so I have a few questions is the amount of tulle pretty much standard for different sizes and for the ribbon you have waist measurement + 20+ 20 is this a typo or is it waist plus 40 thanks so much I am making one for my daughter in to a cheer leader outfit for green bay ,maybe I should not have said that not to many green bay fanes if your not don't hold it against me I am not a fan my husband is lol !

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    1. No it isnt a typo. It is waist size plus 40. I typed it { waist size + 20 + 20 } because you will have 20 inches of ribbon on each side of the tutu to tie in a bow

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    2. Also curious about how many yards of tulle to buy? Thanks! Great DIY instructions!! :)

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  8. Amazing ideas thankyou for showing and sharing with us

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  9. I was wondering what width ribbon you used?

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    1. I cant remember the exact width of the ribbon but I think it is 1 1/2 inches

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  10. thanks for this tutorial,is very easy.

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  11. What is the width you used for the tulle strips? Thanks!

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  12. If we aren't doing the confetti thing, how do we secure the crosses and accessories (rhinestones, etc) do we just use hot glue or sew it in or what would you suggest?
    (Also this looks gorgeous and I'm making one for the flower girl to wear in my upcoming wedding)

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    1. I use hot glue because it is the fastest

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