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Thursday, November 10, 2011

No-Sew Scrap Fabric Tutu

My goal for this Christmas season is to make as many gifts for others as possible instead of buying them. I have been making a mental list of the gifts I want to give my family members for a couple of months. A couple of days ago, I realized that Christmas is next month! So I need to get started on all my fun DIY Christmas gifts. I'm not sure if I will be displaying all my gifts, since several of my family members read my blog. I don't want to ruin the surprise. (Maybe I'll post some after Christmas...we'll see).

I made my niece a scrap fabric tutu for Christmas. I've seen a couple of them on Pinterest, but I ended up doing my the tutu my own way. I wanted to make a tutu that had an adjustable waist band, and I didn't want to sew it. (I don't like digging through the back of my closet for my sewing machine and then hauling it downstairs.) So here's my version on the No-Sew Scrap Fabric Tutu.

scrap fabric tutu
All I used was:
  • Scissors
  • A strip of elastic long enough to wrap around my niece's waist
  • A bunch of scrap fabric - cut into strips about 1.5 inches thick and anywhere between 17 to 22 inches long. I varied up the length of the fabric, just to add a little more depth to the tutu. 
Making this tutu was unbelievably easy. First tie the elastic into a loop according to the width of the waist is. Then using a cow hitch knot, secured each fabric strip around the elastic. (Are you impressed that I knew that it was a Cow Hitch Knot? You should be. Ok not really. I googled it just before I typed it. Ha ha.) Don't know how to do that knot? Look below.

making scrap fabric tutu
Fold the fabric strip in half and pull the middle section of the strip under the elastic. Pull the middle section, which now looks like a loop, above the elastic.

pull fabric through loop of scrap fabric

making scrap fabric tutu
Then pull the end of the fabric strip through the loop and tighten. Repeat this with each of your strips all the way around the elastic until you have a full tutu. I would recommend putting your elastic around a coffee canister or something around that size to keep the elastic tight as you tie on the fabric.

close-up scrap fabric tutu
It should end up looking similar to this.

making scrap fabric tutu
Once you have knotted your fabric all the way around the elastic, push the fabric away from the knotted end of the elastic,

elastic knot on scrap fabric tutu

hide knot on scrap fabric tutu

easy scrap fabric tutu
and hide the knot by tying a cow hitch knot around the elastic knot. And that's it! Easy, right? And since I only tied the elastic with a knot, I can easily loosen or tighten according to my niece's waist size.

finished scrap fabric tutu
Total cost: absolutely free!!! I used scraps from my collection, and I already had elastic.
Total time: about 2 hours. I measured the strips out and cut them with scissors, but if you have a rotary cutter, it would go a lot faster.

hanging scrap fabric tutu
I cannot wait to give this to my niece! Too bad that I don't have a little girl to model this for me. So for now, you get to look at it on a hanger. ;)
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