A peacock tutu tutorial:
Make a no sew peacock tutu for your little girl or ballerina in the making. I personally have a passion for peacocks and when my daughter said she wanted to go as a fluffy tutu dancer for halloween I knew I could surely come up a costume. I decided on the peacock. Not only I will love the costume and she will completely enjoy it. I went to search for tulle and I could not find the colors I wanted so I dyed the tulle in the colors I wanted. Cover everything and take extra precautions when you are dying. It can get really messy.
Materials for No Sew Tutu Tutorial:
- 2 inch crochet head band
- 6 inch strips about 40 yards
- teal, aqua and evening blue dye
- one flower to match the colors in the tutu
- one tank top dyed with a color used in the tutu
- paper towel roll to use as a form.
Update 2014: Tulle is now available in most big box stores on rolls in tons of colors. Skip the dye step and purchase them. SOOOO much quicker.
To dye the tulle for the tutu:
- Use the colors of your choice and place it in the the hottest water available. Let is soak for at least a half hour. Rinse in cool water and hand on a line to dry. Make sure you do it over grass or us a drop cloth to catch the drips.
- Cut the tulle into 6 inch strips that are 18 inches long
- Stretch the headband around a full roll of paper towels. This will serve as your form.
- Tie the tulle strips on the headband holes using every other one. On the first knot I used one layer of tulle. Then I decided to go even fluffier and an I layered 2-3 strips of tulle together. That is what gives you the super fluffiness.
Instructions for Super Fluffy Peacock Tutu :
I started with one strand of tulle for the first couple of loops and I KNEW it was not going to be super fluffy like
I wanted. Ummm, like Gigi wanted. SO, I double and then I quadrupled the strands. That is right I used 4 strands 6×18. Going for the supper fluffiest of all tutus ever made. EVER!
I used the roll of paper towels to keep everything uniform and to hold it during the process. I could only work during naps and daddy was out of town the week I made it. SO, this momma simply made do. Trim strands that are too long.
To dye the tank top, use one of the colors used to dye the tulle. Rinse it in cool water then wash according to manufacturer directions.
I will show how to make the Peacock Mardi gras style mask in another post later this week. To finish off the tutu and tank top I added a flower purchased already dyed and glittered and on clearance.
The side view of the tutu.
And one last picture for your entertainment.