Unicorn Tutu

September 18 2018
If you're all about the rainbow-colored positive vibes, then a unicorn is probably the right costume for you. Our friend I Am Style-Ish created the perfect tutu for her and her daughter's unicorn costume. SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave
Supplies
  • Rit All-Purpose Dye (She Used Purple)
  • Tulle Tutu (If Making Your Own, See Below)
  • White Long Sleeve Tee
  • White Leggings
  • Unicorn Horn
  • Large Plastic Container
  • Measuring Cup
  • Salt
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Paper Towels
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative
  • If Making Tutu: (White Tulle on Spool, Measuring Tape, Glitter, Scissors, Mod Podge, Foam Brush)
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Instructions
  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills. Gather supplies.
  2. If making your own tutu, just to bottom.
  3. For best results, prewash onesie to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption. Leave damp.
  4. Wearing rubber gloves, fill a large container or stainless steel sink with 3 gallons of very hot water. The water should ideally be 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to the dyebath.
  5. Add 1/2 bottle of Purple dye to dyebath.
  6. To enhance the color, add one cup of salt. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.
  7. Test color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye. If color is too dark, add more water.
  8. Immerse tutu in dyebath. Stir slowly and continuously. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches.
  9. The tutu can remain in dyebath from 10 minutes up to one hour. When desired color is achieved, remove from dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
  10. We recommend using Rit ColorStay Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing to enhance color, increase color retention and prevent dye from bleeding into white areas. Follow these package instructions.
  11. Rinse in cool water until water runs clear.
  12. Wash in warm water with mild detergent, rinse and dry.

To create your own tutu:

  1. Take the measurement of the waist, triple it and then add 6 inches. I Am Style-Ish’s daughter’s waist is 21 inches so she cut the ribbon 69 inches (21 x 3 = 63 + 6 = 69).  Adjust as you need but this gave her the right amount of ribbon to be able to tie it on her waist easily.
  2. Take the measurement of how long you want the tutu to be and then double it.  I Am Style-Ish measured 12 inches from her waist down so she cut her strips of tulle at 24 inches.
  3. She cut about 100 strips. This will be different for you depending on the waist measurement.
  4. To glitter, she used a mixture of glitter and Mod Podge.
  5. Lay the strips down on the floor and use a foam brush to paint the mixture on the tulle strips. Let the strips dry.
  6. Fold the tulle strip in half and slide it underneath the ribbon. Make sure to start at the end that you knotted so you know where to begin and end. Loop the long ends of the tulle into the little loop that you had created and pull tight.
  7. The next part is a bit hard to explain but if you watch this tutorial, it’s a lot more helpful! Pop on the skirt to make sure that it’s the fullness that you like and add or take away strips of tulle as needed.  The rest of the outfit comes together easily!
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