In this example I am using three colors. The tutus below show different ways to make a tutu and all the cutting involved. (They’re so FLUFFY!) How to Cut Tulle Faster (and Easier) for a No-Sew Tutu is really about multiple cuts at once, not color.
Here’s the rub: I love tutus, but I hate all the work.
It does not matter if you are cutting for a solid or multiple colored tutu. For my size tutu it requires 140 pieces of tulle. 140. This little hack will save me from the frustrations of having to cut 140 pieces of tulle – 140 times. I do not want to unroll and cut 140 times. Get it! Neither will you after doing it once.
This little life hack makes it easy to get your cuts done quick, fast and in a hurry 🙂
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I made the My Little Pony tutu most recently for my seven-year-old daughter. I used a crochet headband with four vertical holes/rows (up the waist) and 35 horizontal holes (around the waist). The length will be 14″. Although my daughter is more like 12″ long. I want her to be able to wear this for more then five minutes. If you are not sure about sizes check out my Tutu Size Chart.
I have determined I have nine sets. Really, I have 8.75 sets, which I figured out by using my formula from How to Make a Multicolored No-Sew Tutu and then rounded up. Now that I know I need a 14″ tutu with nine sets of tulle I can begin.
Truth be told, I could have started cutting just knowing the length of the tutu. However, in my 10 Steps to a FLUFFY No-Sew Tutu I’ve learning planning ahead speeds this process wayyyyy up!
Do you think you can do this? You can do it! If you want to get started right now check out the list below.
6 Things You’ll Need to Cut Tulle Faster and Easier RIGHT NOW
- Tulle-Pick the color(s) you’d like to use. 6″ tulle by the yard is readily available in craft stores and online (it’s only $2.56 for 25 years)!
- Scissors – You will have to cut the tulle into strip. A lot of of strips -no matter how small the project is!
- Measuring Tool – This can be a ruler or measuring tape.
- Cardboard – To cut out and hold the tulle.
- Marker/Pen – This is to write down your measurements.
- Rubber Bands – This is to hold the tulle in place (optional)
- Tulle Tutu Size Template (available in my free resource library — get the password for free by filling out the form at the bottom of this post)
Let’s get into it shall we!
1. Find a Box – The box should fit your no-sew tutu length. That would look like 28″ in my case. Your tulle is going to be folded in half to make it your desired length. That being said, a 14″ tutu will need a 28″ long piece of tulle/cardboard by at least 8″ wide.
Why eight inches?
Most no-sew tutus use six inch wide tulle, like this (this is only $1.89 as an “add-on item” and it is 25 yards!) Eight inches will give you room on each side; I try to go a few inches wider on each side if I can find the right box. Sometimes I have to piece two pieces together for length. Say I only have a small 10 ” box lying around, but I need 28″. That is a problem. You’ll need tape.
2. Mark your measurements – Apply the template to your box and mark your cut lines.
3. Cut – I was short a 28″ box and did end up cutting two 14″ pieces and taping them together. Life hacks, nothing glamours here. Observe the tape in its natural chaotic setting trying to hold the oddly shaped pieces together ;p
4. Wrap Your Tulle – Hold your starting edge of tulle flush with the top edge of the cardboard. Then wrap your project tulle around the cardboard. For my multicolored no-sew tutu example that would mean wrapping it four times (vertical row/holes) for each color nine times (nine sets). Or, wrap what you can comfortably cut through.
This is where the rubber bands are optional. You can use them to hold the tulle in place at the top and bottom of your cardboard before you begin cutting. Cut along the top and then again at the bottom. I’ve been doing this for a while, so I am comfortable holding the tulle while I cut (never mind that jagged edge ;p)
That’s it! Find your cardboard, apply your template, wrap and cut. You can cut a no-sew tutu project time in half by using this How to Cut Tulle Faster (and Easier) for a No-Sew Tutu every time. Good luck 🙂
If you want to get started making a no-sew tutu immediately that is also available in my free library under 5 Things You’ll Need to Get Started Making a No-Sew Tutu Right Now.
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