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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
hot glue *optional
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
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
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
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
Repeat for the next 5 strips of tulle
Now after the 5 blue tulle strips
add 1 pink strip
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
Making the criss cross overlay
To make the perfect criss cross overlay you will to put your tutu on a dress form
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.
Keep each criss cross identical from each other.
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
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
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 :(
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
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.
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