How to Make a French Ballerina Pancake Tutu


Whether it is for a ballet recital, a Halloween costume or simply to wear as a fashion statement, a pancake tutu makes a bold statement with any ensemble. This style of tutu is characterized by its stiff, flat, round shape. It resembles a pancake, hence the name "pancake tutu." This is in contrast with the longer, romantic style tutus that drape downward. Many tutus will already come pancaked, however, you may have a tutu that requires you to do the pancaking yourself. Investing in a "tutu gun" will make the process of pancaking simpler and quicker.

Things You'll Need

  • Tulle tutu
  • Tagging gun
  • Lay your tutu out upside-down, on a hard, flat surface. Fan all of the layers out flat.

  • Push your tagging gun into two to three layers of the tulle, starting with the layer closest to the waistband. Your tagging gun will deposit a small plastic tag that connects the layers of tulle and forces them to stick out straight.

  • Continue working your way around the tutu, attaching a plastic tag through each additional layer of tulle.

  • Turn your pancaked tutu back right side up.

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