Halloween is right around the corner, so if you're looking for a cheap and easy DIY tutu, here it is! It's perfect for dogs (and kids) of any size. :)
- 1-4 spools of 6" wide tulle (find these near fabric and ribbon at your local craft store)
- Velcro (we used the self adhesive strips, but you can also glue or sew these on)
- Elastic (at least 1" wide for medium to large dogs, 1/2" wide for small dogs)
- A pair of scissors
- A ruler
1. Measure and cut the elastic that will go around your dog's waist. You can stretch it just a tad so it stays put, but leave extra room for the overlap where your adhesive Velcro strips will go.
2. For a medium or large dog, cut about forty 24" strips of tulle. For a small dog, start with about a dozen 12" strips. Adjust the length according to your needs, keeping in mind that you'll need a strip that is twice the desired skirt length. Our 60 lb. dog required 40 strips for her 18" waist; therefore, we used about 27 yards of tulle total.
3. Fold each strip of tulle lengthwise and make an angled cut (like you're cutting ribbon). In the photo above, the folded edge is on the right and the open edges are on the left.
4. Now it's time to tie the tulle to the waistband. Fold each strip in half, then pull the ends through the loop (see the coral ribbon in the photo). Repeat until your elastic is almost filled. Alternate colors, use one color, or make it random!
5. When you get to the ends, attach your Velcro. (The adhesive strips we purchased didn't stick very well, so you may have to reinforce the Velcro with hot glue.)
6. Last step: Break out the dog treats, try on the tutu, and take a photo. :)
In general, Nani is really patient about getting "dressed up," but this tutu didn't seem to bother her one bit. I think it's because it only goes around her waist and she can sit down and move about without a problem. Hats and such, on the other hand, will only stay on for a minute or so.