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Quick Tip - Let the Fabric & Trim Do the Work!

Hand work can be delightful if you have time, but in a crunch, it may not be an option. Here is what I do:

Find nicely embellished fabric so that little or no adornment needs to be added.
Find fabric that needs no edge finishing (that is, no hemming).

My favorite choice is embellished (sequined, beaded, embroidered) tulle like we used in this “Spanish” tutu design:



To create an overlay for your skirt:

  • Cut a “donut” shape with the “hole” the measurement of the bottom of the tutu basque.
  • Choose the length of the overlay.
  • Cut an 8 inch slit at the center back.


If needed, use a coordinating trim to edge the outside of the skirt circle.  This trim can be hand stitched or machine sewn.


For the bodice, cut a shape that follows the lines of the bodice. Again, if needed, outline the fabric with a co-coordinating trim.


If time and budget permit, add beads or crystals.


Tack bodice & skirt overlay in place so that it is secure but easy to remove for cleaning.

Voila!  An elegant tutu embellishment without a lot of stitching time

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