Every girl needs a tutu. Even dogs need a tutu from time to time. We’ll show you how to make a dog tutu!
There are two options for making a tutu for your dog: Making a base or undergarment for the tutu, which is the first approach in this post, or start with a harness to attach the tutu.
A second way to make a tutu for your dog is starting with a harness:
I’m a little dog with a big attitude, and considered a little princess. I needed a custom doggie tutu!
This tutu was made differently than most you see online, as it attaches to my harness so that it stays in place and out of the way if nature calls when I’m all dressed up.
Start by cutting 4 pieces of ribbon. 2 are the length of the harness around the body plus about 2 inches. 2 are big enough to fit the clasps of the harness through, plus seam allowances. These will make loops to attach to the harness.
Then, cut a piece of the tulle on a roll found in craft stores for weddings and such that is 2x the length of the long piece of ribbon. This needs to be gathered to fit on the large length of ribbon from where the ribbon will hit the dog from side to side. , so that the tulle isn’t under the body. I choose to gather this tulle using the method of using a zigzag stitch over dental floss. This is a quick and easy way for finicky fabrics, like tulle. I use the foot with the hole in it (Bernina #6), thread the dental floss through the hole and just put your machine on a zigzag stitch and sew!
Tie off one end of the dental floss, and pull the other end to make the gathers. I pinned one end using a figure 8 twist over a pin to stabilize the one end.
This is pinned at about 1/4 up the length of the ribbon. I folded the ribbon in half, and the half way mark will hit where the clasps for the harness are, then 1/4 mark on either side is where the gathered tulle will be, leaving the underside with no tulle.
Once all gathered and in place on the ribbon, I zigzagged the tulle to the wrong side of one of the pieces of ribbon. This will be the ‘inside’ of the tutu.
Once the tulle is secure to the ribbon, place the two loops of ribbon on either side of the ‘center’, leaving a gap big enough for the clasp. Then, layer the other long ribbon on top and topstitch to finish the edge.
Note: This is the wrong side that shows the zig zag stitch. I zig zagged twice so it would be extra secure.
Once the 2nd long ribbon is sewed on, there is a ‘tube’ of the large ribbon. Cut a piece of elastic that is about 1″ larger than the circumference of the chest, and thread it through the ribbon tube. I used my bodkin – makes it much easier!
Finish off the edges. I turned them in so there were no raw edges of the ribbon, which can ravel. Then it is finished and ready to put on! Slip the main body onto the dog, and slip the loops on the harness and you have a tutu that stays on and stays put!
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