tutu time

Finally, last night, I could delay any more.

When little man went not bed and Mr PugRunner headed out for his run, I gathered my materials: a roll of white elastic and about seven yards of tulle in varying shades of pink.

For future reference, seven yards is probably two times too much. ย But better safe than sorry.

There are a ton of great tutorials for no-sew tutus online, from people who have made them far more often (and with far better results, I’m sure) than me. I pulled different ideas from different people, but the basics are the same.

I cut a length of elastic about 3″ shorter than my waist (or really my hips. I want it to ride a little on the lower side), and knotted the two ends together. Then I stretched the elastic circle around the back of a chair.

I cut the tulle into strips that were 12″ wide and about 22-24″ long (My tulle was from a bolt. I left it folded at the top, and then, following the instructions of the woman at the fabric counter, cut the strips by following the grout lines on my floor. I then cut the strips apart at the fold, and voila – reasonably uniform strips of tulle) and then attached them to the elastic by making slipknots, as shown.

I just kept tying the different colors all around the elastic, filling in the holes along the way.

I’m glad I got some of the sparkly tulle. It adds a really pretty dimension to the whole thing.

After about 45 minutes, I was finished.

It’s a little bit fluffier and heavier than I envisioned, but it should be fine for 3.1 miles. I don’t think I could manage it for more than that. At any rate, it will make for cute pictures.

And, true to princess form, Molly had to get in for a photobomb.

I can’t wait to get started on some white and neon tutus for my upcoming color runs.

Do you run in tutus? Do you make them or buy them?

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  1. So cute!! The first tutu I made was for Gasparilla. It was SO easy and super fun to tell people that I made it!
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  2. Love it! I’m a huge fan of the tutu for shorter races. I have a St Patty’s day one and a black one for Halloween, but have never made one myself. Looks easy enough!
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  3. Larissa says:

    Cute!! And so simple to make. Though I don’t understand how all you costume runners do it. I’m convinced I would hate having extra “stuff” on. I picture myself ripping any costume off half-way through a race. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  4. Really cute. I agree with you, I would love to run in a tutu for a 5 or 10K, but don’t think I could do it for longer than that.
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  5. Matilda says:

    I’ve never made a tutu, so yeah I’ve never ran in one.
    I should make one for my daughter though, she’d get a kick out of it. Great job, love the tonal pink.
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