Halloween is almost here and I bet you still need that one little addition to make your pup’s costume complete *cue tutorial for a super easy DIY Doggie Tutu*
But obviously they need one for all the other seasons of the year too!! You will not regret making 20 of these super easy DIY doggie tutus!
Let’s get started!
What you’ll need
- Tulle (These rolls are from Joann’s, you can also buy it off the bolt or in shorter rolls like these from Amazon), I used nearly everything from both of of these 5 year rolls
- Elastic ribbon (the kind for making headbands, mine is also from Joann’s) I prefer this to elastic because it should be softer around your pups midsection and stretches more easily to keep them comfortable when they move around.
- Tape measure
- Needle and coordinating thread or sewing machine (if you don’t have a needle and thread don’t worry, I’ve got a hack for you!!)
- A piece of cardboard or part of a box (the is to make uniform strips of tulle in the same size)
- A quality inspector… err…doggie!
How to do it
For the tulle
You’ll want to get a piece of cardboard as long as you want the skirt of the tutu and a wide as you want the strips. I wanted strips about 7.5 inches wide so I used a part of a box that was 15 inches wide and cut them on both edges and down the middle. Wrap the tulle over the width of your board. If you have a bigger dog you’ll need more tulle strips (more wraps around the board), if you have a smaller dog you will need fewer tulle strips (fewer wraps around the board). For the length you need to cut it 2 times the length you want. I wanted 13.5 inches long so I cut the length 27 inches long, this is for folding it and tying it onto the ribbon.
Now its time to cut, in the third photo I cut along the orange arrows to get my strip width 7.5 inches. In the fourth photo I cut along the folded edge of the tulle which made my strips 27 inches long.
*Note: the final length the skirt will be significantly different depending on the height of your dog. For a dog Sahara’s size, I would recommend about 10 inches. For a bigger dog, like a lab or retriever, I would suggest trying something around 13-14 inches. A smaller dog like a Bichon or Shih Tzu something around 5-7 inches may work best. When in doubt make it longer you can always cut it shorter!
Now for the ribbon
First you’re going to to want to measure around your dogs waist (this is usually the smallest part of their midsection) with your measuring tape. Then you’re going to take that number and subtract a few inches. For reference, Sahara’s waist measurement was 23 inches and I cut the ribbon at 20 inches. If you’re more of a visual person I should look like this:
See how the ends are barely touching? The reason for subtracting a few inches is because it will loosen up over time and stretch out so if it’s tighter to begin with it will still fit when it gets loose.
Now, I’m going to take a about another half an inch out of it by sewing the two ends together to make a circle. You can do this with a needle and thread or a sewing machine if you have it.
Now I know I promised y’all a hack and here it is:
If you don’t have a needle and thread or you’re looking for a quick fix this one is for you! Take one of those pieces of tulle you cut earlier and loop string in through one of the holes in an end of the ribbon. Pull it about halfway through and then string the other side through a hole on the other side. Think of it like lacing up a shoe and weave the tulle back and forth through both sides working your way up the ribbing connecting the two ends together. Tie it off with knot at the end and you’re ready to start filling up that tutu!
The easiest but most time consuming part comes next!
Fold your strip in half length wise. Take the loop at the halfway point and stick it through one hole in the ribbon and back out of one right next to it on the same row. Now take the tails and pull them through the loop. Pull taut so it looks like a knot at the base of the ribbon. Here’s what that looks like:
Then you’re going to repeat this every few holes until your top row is full!
I used about 16 strips, alternating the black and orange, on 3 rows for a more full tutu. Again you may need more or less depending on the size of your dog.
After you’ve finished your show, taken your dog for a potty break, ate some lunch, and looped some more tulle strips your tutu should look like this:
Time to show off your new DIY Doggie Tutu!!!
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