Tutus are popular, there’s no doubt about that. Especially the new-sew version that can be made up in about an hour and for about $10. It’s an easy way to spend an afternoon. Plus, your little one can help pick out the colors, assist with the measuring, and help with modeling the creation once it’s done!
We love the unique look of these first two and yet they’re as simple as the traditional version. Fabric can be purchased in strips (Moda Jelly Rolls work brilliantly for these and come with all the coordinating fabrics already matched for you with edges that are pinked so they’re ready to use!) or make it from scraps by cutting your own. The fabric flower is what sets this one off from the pack!
The peacock tutu, come on, is that the sweetest thing ever! How much fun would it be to have a zoo-full of animal, insect, and bird tutus? We’re thinking a bumble bee (black and yellow), lady bug (red and black), parrot (bright colors with a few feathers sewn on), zebra (black and white), and so many more. You and your daughter could spend a whole afternoon just dreaming up the possibilities! And there’s no reason to limit your dreaming to just girl’s tutus – make one for the dog, cat, baby, baby doll, stuffed animal, teddy bear, and even a matching one for mom and dad! It’s all the same concept, just sized for the recipient.
But is it a tutu or a pettiskirt? Opinions differ, but I consider the handmade, tied-on strips of fabric or tulle, to be tutus and the more skirt-like versions to be pettiskirts. I look at it this way – if it needs something under it, it’s a tutu. If it could be worn alone, it’s a pettiskirt. No matter what you call them they’re adorable and they can be made with so many different colors.
Click on any of the links above to see the source and view the tutorials. We picked these not only because they’re beautiful, but because the creator provided clear instructions, patterns when needed (mostly free), and great pictures to demonstrate the techniques.