Yesterday I was looking around on Facebook and saw there was a group for The Color Run: Baltimore (MAY 23!! COME RUN WITH ME!!). I signed up for it because Betty and I are Ambassadors and very excited about it although not so excited about “all the yellow” that could potentially get on us. This is still a hot topic of convo in my house since the “all the yellow” debacle last November.
Within that group someone had mentioned that they wanted a tutu for the race and it got me thinking.
Tutus are very Color Runnish. Personally, I am not a tutu wearer or an any-kind-of-costume-when-I’m-running wearer unless you count my zoo pants and zoo face from Zoo Zoom. I tried to wear a kilt for a St. Patrick’s Day 5K last year and that ended poorly. I don’t fault anyone for wanting to wear tutus. They are fun and make me smile; the people wearing them always seem to be very cheerful and that’s a good thing. And frankly I’m fascinated that anyone can run in one in the first place. Good for you. I’d be ripping that thing off and throwing it into traffic within the first mile a la St. Paddy’s Day kilt.
Anyway I wanted to help this girl in The Color Run group, but I also didn’t want to step on any tutu toes because people were immediately jumping all over her trying to sell her stuff. I felt kind of bad for her. Making a tutu is stupid easy…hence why you can go on Etsy and find literally thousands of people that make them. I am not the craftiest person around and even I can make a tutu. I made several for Betty when she was wee. Here’s the outfit I did for her first birthday:
Cute right? The theme was rainbows and unicorns and the guest list was about 90 people long. For a first birthday. Why I did this I have no idea. It’s not like she will ever remember that party at all.
Anyway, I imagine that making a tutu for an adult would be much the same as making one for a small person – just with longer elastic and tulle – so today I’m going to post how to make one just in case anyone has a race coming up that requires a tutu or a child that likes to play dress up. If you know how to tie a knot, you will be able to handle this.
I haven’t made one of these in awhile and I’m almost afraid for Betty to know that I possess this skill or else I will have to quit my job and manufacture them for her all day every day. Girl loves her some tutus.
What you need:
- A needle & thread . Don’t freak out. It’s not a lot of sewing.
- Measuring tape.
- Non-roll elastic. You can get this at Joann Fabrics. For Betty’s tutus I used 1″, but for an adult I would go wider. 2″ maybe? You use your discretion…you know your waist better than I do.
- 6″ tulle in whatever colors that you want. I get mine on Amazon. It’s pretty cheap. The 6″ refers to the exact width you will need so when you are cutting the tulle you only have to worry about length.
- Something good to watch on TV while you make this tedious thing.
First…measure your waist. You can either use the tape or just wrap the elastic around. Make sure you leave about an inch of overlap because you will be stitching the ends together .This will be your tutu waistband. I like to use a box stitch because I feel like it holds really well.
Once you’re done with this you can put the needle and thread away. No more sewing!
Next you want to cut your tulle to the desired length. This is going to be based on your personal preference as well. Just know that when you tie the pieces on you will be folding them in half. So like…if you want a skirt that is a foot long, you will want a 24″ piece of tulle. I usually use the measuring tape to cut one piece and then use that one as a guide to do the others. It takes about 6 pieces of tulle to cover an inch of your elastic band depending on how fluffy you want your skirt to be.
While I work I like to pull the elastic waistband up over my legs so it’s easy to tie the tulle on. You simply slide a piece up through the elastic to the halfway point, tie it in a knot and sit the knot just below the band. Repeat with the next piece. And the next piece.
Get a cool color combo going. Get crazy. Be amazed at how unbelievably easy this is. Seriously all it is is a series of knots. When you get to the end…you’re done!
I hope anyone found this helpful (or at the very least I hope someone found it entertaining!)
In other non-tutu related news, Betty and I got to have a belated-for-us and actual-birthday-for-Mar fro yo birthday celebration last night! I LOVE THAT GAL!
As I mentioned at the start of this post, Betty and I are Ambassadors at The Color Run in May! If you are in the Baltimore area and want to join us, use coupon code BALTIMORE2 at checkout for a discount. There is going to be lots of glitter and this time there are finisher medals (if you’re into that sort of thing!) so this one is not to be missed!
Oh and if you make a tutu, I want to see it!
Have you ever dressed up for a race? Made a tutu? Are you coming to do The Color Run with us!?
Happy Tuesday, all!