Peacock Tutu

Ah, Halloween. The spirit of cute handmade costumes is in the air. I love creating costumes for my nephews and nieces every year, and this time is no exception! My niece wanted to be a peacock for 2014, so after gaining inspiration from the beautiful bird itself, I got straight to work. I’m a firm believer of incorporating tutus whenever I can in costumes, and this one turned out great. With layered tulle, felt, and ribbon, I created a peacock tutu that was epic in proportion and a big hit with kids and parents alike. Enjoy the attention this piece will get by recreating your own this Halloween season!

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Materials
Peacock Tutu Template PDF
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    Gather your materials.
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    Download the template provided and cut each shape out. Lay the shapes down onto the felt using whatever method you prefer (I used fabric pins) to hold the template down while you cut around it. Cut the templates closely to one another onto the felt pieces to create as many shapes without wasting the felt as possible.
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    You should end up with 8 pieces of each shape, as these will create 8 peacock feathers. Feel free to create more or less depending on how you want the tutu to look.
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    Cut the teal and green tulle into 3 different lengths. Measure your child’s height to get a better idea of how long you want the longest layer to be, and so on. The medium layer should be 3-4 inches shorter than the longest layer, and the shortest layer should be about 3-4 inches shorter than the medium layer. Cut about 5 pieces of tulle for each layer for each color; this should leave you with about 30-35 pieces of tulle altogether.
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    Measure your child’s waist with the green ribbon. Leave about 12 inches of extra ribbon for adjusting and tying it. Add the longest layer first. Alternate between the teal and green tulle colors by tying a lark’s knot around the green ribbon. You can use tape to hold down the ribbon while you attach the tulle; or, you can wrap the ribbon around a chair and attach the tulle.
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    Add the medium and short layers in the same fashion, alternating between colors and using a lark’s knot.
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    Decide where you want the peacock feathers to go and measure the length from the waist down to its placement amongst the tulle. Cut the same amount of ribbon for the amount of peacock feathers you made.
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    Use fabric glue to glue together the different parts of your peacock feather. Insert one end of the cut ribbon in between the dark brown and dark green peacock feather pieces and secure with fabric glue.
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    Your peacock feathers should look like the above photo. Wait overnight for the fabric glue to dry completely.
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    Attach the peacock feathers to the tutu by tying a regular knot around the ribbon waist in the pattern you decided on. This beautiful plumage is ready to be shown off!
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