Beginners Corner - Make a Miniature Ballerina's Tutu

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29 January 2012
imports_HAC_pic5b_71932.jpg Beginners Corner - Make a Miniature Ballerina's Tutu
Carol Clarke tells us how to make this delightful little tutu. It is a simple miniature doll house project suitable for a beginner. ...
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Materials Required

  • Wooden Hat Stand
  • Small piece of silk 2-1/2" x 3"
  • Finest tulle 24" x 4"
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Gold Paint
  • Tacky Glue
  • Fray Stay
  • Optional Trims


Step by Step Guide

  • Paint the base section of the hat stand in a colour of your choice. I have used gold.
  • Cut the piece of silk 2 and a half inches by 3 inches.
  • Secure all the edges with Fray Stay.
  • Put right sides together and hand or machine stitch along the 3" long edge.
  • Fold one end of the tube down over the other half with the wrong sides together.
  • Now you have a tube with neat edges inside and out.


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  • Apply glue to the head section of the hat stand.
  • Slide the silk tube on lining up the bottom raw edges of the tube with the base of the head section.
  • Make sure the stitched seam is at the centre back.
  • Apply glue to the loose fabric either side of the tube at the bottom.
  • Press together and allow to dry.
  • Cut away the bottom sections either side to make it look like a leotard.
  • Seal raw edges with fraycheck.
  • These edges can be trimmed with braid if you wish.



  • Cut the length of tulle in half to give you 2 pieces 4 x 12 inches.
  • Fold each piece in half lengthways giving two double pieces 12 inches long.
  • Sew a running stitch along the top of the folded edge and gather.
  • Apply glue round the waist of the leotard.
  • Start at the rear seam and fit the first layer around the waist.
  • Secure at the back with stitches.
  • Cut shorter by angling your scissors downward and inwards in sections round the whole skirt.



  • Repeat with the second section of skirt on top of the first.
  • This time, angle your scissors upwards and inwards to trim the skirt.
  • Cut into the folds and trim again top and bottom until you a shirt that sticks out and appears flat.


  • Add 2 small pieces of ribbon for straps.
  • To finish I have trimmed with a small bow at the back and a row of tiny diamante to the front.



Carol Clarke is of The Dolls House Interior - Please use this link to go to her website.

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