Whether you are looking for a fun skirt for playtime, or if you need a flower girl’s dress for a wedding, this simple tutorial will show you how to make a tulle tutu skirt. This adorable tulle tutu also works great for gifting, as a Halloween ballerina costume, a dress up time outfit, or just for your little baby or toddler to where around the house whenever she feels like being a princess. Make a long ankle-length tutu or a short skirt, the choice is up to you. With only 1 step that involves very minimal sewing, and can actually be altered if needed for absolutely no sewing, this DIY tutu project is virtually no sew which makes it so easy to make!
- 1 yard – 5/8th inch fold over elastic (cut down to size)
- 6 inch wide tulle (various part of 1 roll depending on waist measurement and length of tutu)
- hot glue gun (or needle and thread)
Measure the waistband of the person you are making the tutu for. Take that measurement, and subtract 3-4 inches as the elastic will stretch, and cut your elastic to that size. If you do not have the waist measurement, you can approximate with these sizes:
Newborn = 14 inches
12 to 18 months = 15 inches
2T = 16”
3T = 16 1/2”
4T = 17”
5T = 17 1/2”
6T = 18”
Make your elastic into a loop, and overlap the ends by about 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
Using a needle and thread, or hot glue, finish and secure the elastic loop. If you wish to take a no sew approach, you can simply use a hot glue gun and add a dab of hot glue to secure the overlapping ends together. Optional: Then, use a scrap piece of elastic and wrap it around the seem, again using glue, to give the seam an extra secure look (this is not necessary because you will not see the seam but it will help to add strength).
Measure the lavender tulle into strips TWICE the length of your desired tutu skirt. For example, if you wish to have the tutu be 12 inches long, cut the tulle into 24 inch pieces. You will need between 30-40 of these sized pieces to start. You can always cut more later if necessary. I ended up using approximately 55 pieces for an 18 inch waist band. You can make your tutu skirt as full as you would like during this step. How full you make your tutu will also depend on how many pieces of tulle you will need.
To cut the tulle, I found a piece of cardboard that was approximately 24 inches long and wrapped my tulle around the cardboard piece. I then slipped my scissors under the wrapped tulle, on each end of the cardboard, and cut the tulle on both ends. This is not necessary but it made it easy to cut all the strips of tulle at one time instead of having to measure and cut each piece individually.
Add the tulle strips to the elastic waistband. To do this, take one piece at a time and fold it in half. Wrap the looped end around the elastic and pull the two other ends up, around, and through the loop. Pull tight, securing the piece around the elastic. Repeat this step until your entire elastic band is covered in tulle. Make sure to gradually push the knots around the elastic together, so that as the elastic stretches, it does not leave a gap in tulle. You could even mix and match or layer colors of tulle to create extra fun and festive look to your homemade tutu skirt!
If you wish, add any extra fun embellishments, flowers, or ribbon! You can easily add random strands of ribbon onto the elastic band by tying them on the same way as the tulle. If you want to add buttons, flowers, or other embellishments you can simply pin them on where you would like them to remain. For this lavender DIY tutu tulle skirt, we added a purple lazy daisy, topped with a coral savannah flower, and finally a gorgeous aqua pearl rhinestone embellishment button on top of a brooch pin.
You have now figured out how to make a no sew tutu skirt! Go wild with many colors, or stay with just one or two for a simple matching color scheme. With 10 color options of tulle available, together with the length of your tutu and how thick you make your skirt, you can create hundreds of different looks. Make red or white tutus for the upcoming holiday season, pink ones for a princess party, aqua skirts for a snowflake or mermaid themed party, black tulle tutus for a Halloween costume, or create color combinations for other fun looks. They make great daily dress up outfits and photo session props for little ones too. No matter the age or occasion, these DIY tulle tutus will work!