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Handmade Project No-sew Tutu

LilliBean made its debut at our Handmade Markets in June and was very popular with the Canberra crowd.

Kirstin McCulloch is a very talented illustrator whose paintings of big eyed girls and magical creatures are inspired by books she reads and things her daughters say. Her illustrations can also be found on pieces of jewellery and notebooks, among other things. But Kirstin is not just an artist. On her blog is a myriad of handmade craft projects and we’re delighted that she’s sharing one of them with us.

In response to her daughter’s pained cry that in a cupboard full of tutus, she had none like Belle from Beauty & the Beast, Kirstin put together her no-sew tutu. Over to Kirstin…

I bought two meters of tulle, (enough for two tutus), and a metre of ribbon. First I folded and cut the tulle into four pieces, which I cut into strips. I then took a half a metre of ribbon and found the half way mark over which I laid a strip of tulle.Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 2.14.03 pm

I then tied a strip of tulle onto the ribbon.

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I tied on pieces of tulle either side, pulling each one tight and scrunching tightly together…

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…until a there was a full skirt.

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I tied the ribbons together, and voila! A very cute Belle tutu.

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You could make these tutus out of anything from antique lace to rags. And maybe your princess could help – a great project for the Winter school holidays.



Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, Handmade Style, the newsletter and the online magazine. When she's not hanging out with the lovely Handmade team, she runs Callie & Co Design, a Canberra graphic design studio that crafts brands for small businesses. Her favourite things about Canberra are the seasons (especially Autumn), the big sky, the coffee and the great events.


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