Before I get to the tutorial let me mention a couple of things in regards to the Tutu Drive…also if you’ve sent me an email I promise I’ll write back soon!
#1 All items must be handmade & never used. Nothing second hand or worn can be donated. If you think about it, it makes sense. These are going to sick kids, cleanliness is of the utmost importance. Also please make sure all items come from a smoke-free home & if you have pets please keep them away from your creations. No dog fur tutus. Any non-handmade items need to still have tags/packaging on them. Handmade creations should be sealed in a ziploc baggie before being mailed.
#2 A few of you have mentioned ideas for boys. Lynette has an AWESOME tutorial for little boys’ capes that I’m going to try and snag her to come post about. If you have any great tutorials please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Are these not the sweetest things ever?? The pink & blue ones are Samster’s & the yellow one is the newbie for the Tutu Drive. My favorite part about stuffed tutus is that the possibilities are endless, you can stuff them with pom poms, confetti, silk petals, scrapbooking do-dads, anything! The blue one is actually from this post, it has foam snowflake stickers that I glittered the adhesive backs of. I love how it sparkles but it does leave a bit of a glitter trail…
*I originally learned how to make these from this Martha Stewart video tutorial but now have made a few changes, if you get stuck however the video is helpful.
For this project my measurements will fit a size 2t-kid’s 6/8.
80″ of 1″ grosgrain ribbon (cut into one 20″ piece & one 60″ piece)
1 & 1/4 yards of 54″ wide tulle
Stuffings (mine were “confetti” butterflies, hearts & flowers from the dollar bin at JoAnn’s)
Next you’re going to sew the top shut with a gathering stitch. (your widest stitch length setting). Leave the strings long because we’ll use these in a minute to gather up the top.
Carefully work your way through all the pins, taking them out one at a time & repinning through the additional new piece of ribbon. Really take your time on lining up this ribbon sandwich…
Now you’re going to stitch it all closed. Start at one corner & stitch down to the other corner, when you reach the end leave the needle in the fabric but lift the foot, this will enable you to turn the fabric so you can head in the next direction without cutting the threads. Head on down the long end of the ribbon really taking your time to make sure the ribbon edges are perfectly lined up. Once again when you get to the end life the foot & turn, head up to the next corner & them back down the other long side.
If you notice that a bit of tulle is going to be hanging out the top then feel free to trim it, just don’t cut the gathering stitch!