December 06, 2012

DIY Projects - How to Make a No-Sew Tutu Skirt / Dress

Making Tutu Skirt or Dress is easier and inexpensive, everyone can do it only if you are willing to spend few hours on it.

After learning the basic techniques (that I am going to show), you can customize the color, the style or add any decorations on it, specially design for the child's fairy dress up party, Halloween costume, Christmas party, Birthday party.....

Basically, you only need two major materials, they are tulle ribbon and 1/2" wide elastic.



1) Measure the waist of the kid, and cut the wide elastic to the length that minus 1" to 2" for the waistband of the tutu dress.

2) Overlap the two ends of elastic by around 1/3" and sew it with needle and thread.

3) Cut the length of tulle ribbon, but what should be the length? The distance from the waistband to the length that you would like to have, then multiply by 2 and add 1" on it.

How to make a No-Sew Tutu Skirt and Dress

4) If your tulle ribbon is the whole piece, you should cut it 3" wide. But the tulle ribbon that I bought is in a roll, the width is suitable for making the tutu dress.

5) Everything is ready, let's start!

6) Place the elastic around the back of chair or something that similar to it.

How to make a No-Sew Tutu Skirt and Dress

7) Fold one strip of tulle ribbon in half (that is the reason of mutiply by 2 in length, step 3).

8) Tie a knot around the waistband (that is the reason of add 1" in length, step 3).

9) Repeat (7) and (8), and put the second knot next to the first knot.

How to make a No-Sew Tutu Skirt and Dress


10) Squeeze the knots tightly after making four to five knots. (my practise, seems much faster)

How to make a No-Sew Tutu Skirt and Dress

11) As reference:

Waistband: 19"
Tulle ribbon strip length: 15" (I cut the length of 31")
Tulle ribbon strip used: 90 pieces

How to make a No-Sew Tutu Skirt and Dress

Here are some tips in How to take care of Tutu Skirt / Dress

Recently, I use leftover tulle and ribbon to make a princess cape for my daughter, it is really a simple handmade craft, sure everyone can make it too! Here it is How to make a princess cape and tiara

46 comments:

  1. I was just getting up the courage to make my daughters matching tutu's for the 4th of July and I am so grateful for your step by step instructions! Thanks for taking the time to post this!

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    1. Hope your daughters like it! Thanks!

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  2. I made my granddaughter one using your great post thank you got taking the time to show step by step.

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  3. How do you prevent the tulle from wrinkling or how do you get the wrinkles out? The wrinkles are frustrating.

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  4. I'm making the tutu for a newborn that hasn't arrived yet...don't know what my waist should be

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  5. Shanika...if the baby is full term, you are looking at 14-15 inches for an avetage newborn. Mine were 14 inchrs but others in the family had huge babiea at theres were 15 in. In the waist. Temember that its best for it to be snug so it doeant wiggle or fall off. Its better for it to stretch than not. Also, line the tutu....babies hate scratchy tulle! Satin is cheap and pretty...

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  6. Learning how to make a tutu would be a great activity to have for my daughter's party next week! She and her friends can show their creativity and have a blast while creating their tutus. My daughter loves glitter so I have to make sure I grab some along with the supplies you've also mentioned. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. Hello again..my elastic keeps rolling when i tighten the Tulle ribbon...help

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  8. You can steam the tulle to get the wrinkles out

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  9. Thanks for sharing these steps. My daughter is going to be so excited.

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  10. I just picked up my materials from the store today to make a white and pink tutu for my daughter's bunny costume. Thanks so much!

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  11. Thanks for the instructions! I made my first one today for my daughter and she loved it. I got a helpful hint from the Hobby Lobby employees - they had me buy the elastic that's used more for headbands. Because it has the holes in it, its easier to layer if you want a fuller look or if you would like to use multiple colors. The only negative is that is does stretch out a lot more so I ended up taking close to 6" off of the waist after I measured!

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  12. this worked perfectly!!!! thank you so much for the tips!

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  13. Added this to a blog post I wrote and cited you: http://longtermcarelink.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/easy-and-inexpensive-christmas-gifts/ Thank you for blogging some great crafts!

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  14. Thanks for sharing will pin this now.

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  15. Do you remember how many yards you used for this tutu? I'm writing from Denmark (where we don't have tulle ribbon, so I'm thinking about getting it shipped, since I have to make a lot of peacock tutus.
    Thanks for sharing this great tutorial.

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    1. I didn't do the measurement in yard, but I calculate it, it should be 78 yard for the Tutu dress. Hope this can help. Thanks.

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  16. So is the tutu dress in strips? You cut 3"strips? I'm making this for my daughter's bday and I'm just confused with a roll of tulle I then cut it in strips and the skirt will be strips put together to look like a full skirt

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  17. Do u make four to five knots on the same strip? I'm confused on how u do that

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    1. I only make one knot in each strip, you can refer to step (6). Thanks and sorry for late reply.

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  18. Well how do I make it extra full like real poofy

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    1. In step (7), you can overlap two to three strips, then tie a knot. Thanks and sorry for late reply.

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    1. I haven't tried satin, but I think the measurement and the way to make should be the same. Suggest you to try few satin to see how it looks like before you cut out all the satin.

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    2. I want satin on bottom too... it gives it a more elegant look! I have put the two together and it looks great... but getting them on the elastic is the question. I dont want to cut the satin in strips I want to line the tutu on the satin. Your thoughts?

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    3. I have the same idea too, I am still thinking how to put them on elastic, I already bought some materials and going to try too, in my imagination, it looks great! When it done, I will post it. Really hope I can finish it before Christmas!

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  22. Well explained!!! Followed instructions and made one for my own daughter as well. First I was interested to buy tutu dress online but now I would prefer making by myself and will suggest my friends too. Simply amazing....

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  23. Very first, I was planning to buy one for my daughter too, but its quite expensive. Later on, the ribbons are on sale, so I bought some and think it was worth trying to make one myself, and finally it worked! And of course, I only spend less than $10. Hope your daughter like it and thanks.

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  24. Thank you for posting this! I featured your project on a post about amazing baby gift ideas. http://tulipsorchids.blogspot.com/2014/08/20-diy-baby-shower-gift-ideas.html

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  25. Easy peasy. And very cute. I'll definitely be doing this. Thank you!

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  26. How much ribbon was on each of those rolls?

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    1. Each roll is 4 inch with 25 yards, I bought it from Micheal's at clearance sale, each roll only $1.

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  27. How do you calculate how many strips you need? Did I miss that?

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  28. I've used 6 yds of glittery tulle for a waist size of 26 in, cutting it in stripes 3 in wide, the lenght of the skirt was 27 in, it looks gorgeous in light blue, green and purple for a "fairy princess" costume

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  29. How would I line this with satin and then tie knots to the elasitic?

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    1. Tie the knots first, then machine-sew the satin with the tulle. Thanks.

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  31. I agree, you are never too old to have a tutu...My friend is hosting a witchy party for the second year (women only) and we are in our 50's! "Witchy" costumes (are you a good or bad witch?), good food, music and friends make a great night. Loved the idea and the instructions, so simple!

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  32. How would I make this tutu shorter for a teen costume? I am wearing it over leggings and my waist is about 24 inches.

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  33. love it! you really have inspired me to take another look at some of my dresses and use them as skirts.
    african french lace | nigerian lace fabric

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  34. Powerful Tutorial. Thank You For Posting. tutus for girls are always awesome

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  35. nice little sweet dress. love this dress and colors
    Sequin Fabrics

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  36. How do you keep the elastic from folding over? That's why I always use the hedbands,they are so much easier

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