DIY No Sew Tutu for Little Girls

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Beautiful little tutus!  I have to admit that those frilly pink tutus are one of the things that make having a girl so absolutely fun.  My baby girl is now 14 months (technically not even a baby anymore) and I still get a kick out of dressing her up.  Few things in life are as genuinely cute as little girl clothes!  Even my friends that aren’t “girly” love dressing up their daughters. Little boys get dressed up like little men, but little girls have a so many fun options that are just especially for little girls!

Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial

When I found out I was having a girl, I knew that I would need to know how to make a tutu.  It seemed like a necessary skill for a crafty mom of any little girl.  Tutu’s are so versatile.  They can dress up an outfit, make a perfect prob for a picture, or add a bit of flair to a halloween costume.  And seeing as how it can be worn to church or Halloween, it might just be the most flexible piece a little girl owns, haha!

There are millions of ways and versions on how to make a tutu out there.  I went through plenty, combined a few techniques and came up with what I think is the quickest and easiest way to make a tutu for your little princess.  Because anybody who reads this blog knows that with two tiny kids, I LOVE my crafts to be quick and easy!

After I finished the tutorial I felt the need to come back up and add this note.  I promised a quick and easy project, yet my instructions seem really lengthy.  It is not because it is hard, just beacuse I tried to be through in all of the details of how to make the tutu so there would be no question on the method I used. So no fear!  Quick and easy… I promise!

Here is the method:

Gather your tools:

  • 6″ rolls of tulle (each roll is usually 25 yards)- You can use as many colors as you like, I prefer 1-3 colors in each tutu
  • 1/2- 1 inch sturdy elastic- I used 15 inches to make a tutu sided for a 1 year old.
  • Scissors
  • 2 Pieces of Cardboard

First you will need to decide your sizing for your tutu.  The best thing to do is to measure your little one to get a waist measurement and approximate of how long you want your tutu to be.  I also use this size guide as a reference tool.

Tutu sizing chart

Cut your elastic about an inch longer than your desired waist size. You can either tie the ends together (If you want a true no-sew) or quickly use a needle and thread to sew them together (my preferred method.)

Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial

Next you will need your cardboard.  You can use anything from a cereal box to the side cut out of a cardboard shipping box.  You will want to to cut two identical rectangles out of the cardboard.  The width needs to be 8-12 inches (the width does not need to be exact, just wider than your tulle) and the length will be 1/2 in longer than your desired tutu length.  So, the cardboard I used was 12″x8.5″.

Now we will cut the tulle.  You will need approx 48 strips of tulle for a 15″ tutu. The cardboard will make it easy for us to cut.  Take your tulle (if you have multiple colors, use the first color) and place the end of the tulle at the end of your cardboard (both pieces will be placed together) then wrap it around the cardboard (the side that is the length you want your tutu +1/2″) continue to wrap around your board until the number of times it is fully wrapped around the board equals the number of strips you need. So if I do one color I will make 48 full wraps around the board.  If I do two colors I will do 24 full wraps around the board, three colors, 16 full wraps, etc.

Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial

Now you will cut down the side of the cardboard you started the wrapping on by sliding the scissors between the two pieces of cardboard which will allow you to cut straight across the the wrapped layers of tulle with no jagged edges.  Now you should have a pile of pieces of tulle that are double + 1″ longer than your desired tutu length.

Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial

Repeat with any additional colors.

Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial

Once you have all of your tulle cut gently stretch your elastic waistband over the cardboard so that it stays in place but is not super stretched out.

Now we will begin wrapping the tulle around the elastic.  I always wrap three layers at a time around my elastic, because this allows me to get a really full tutu.  You can use more or less to get your desired fullness.

Take 3 layers of tulle, if using multiple colors use one of each, and lay them on top of each other and fold them all in half.  Take the folded middle part and side it under the elastic about an inch.  Now take the tails of the tulle and pull them over the elastic and through the loop and gently tighten to form a knot.

Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial

You don’t want to tighten your knot too tight or it will result in stretching out your elastic.  Just tighten it enough to be snug but not crushing the elastic.  Repeat this step until all of the elastic is filled with knotted tulle. When using multiple colors I like to change the order they are layered in with each group of tulle so that the colors are spread evenly throughout.

Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial

Now all that is left is to fluff your tutu!

Simply go through each layer and pull the tulle to separate it and the result will be a big, fluffy tutu worth of a princess!

Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial

Here are some pics of my daughter with the tutu I just made her.  I don’t’ think it gets much cuter than this!  I call this the bubble gum tutu.  It used three shades of pink and was cut at a 15 in waist and 8 in length.

Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial

 

Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial

 

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Now that you know how to make a tutu, where will your little princess wear hers?

 

21 Comments… add one

Carla September 2, 2013, 12:07 pm

I love this and pinned it! I’m working on plans for my granddaughters princess birthday party and I think a tutu would b perfect!

Kimber September 2, 2013, 2:43 pm

Carlla, that is a GREAT idea! Every princess needs a big fluffy tutu! Thank you for your comment and for sharing!

Laura Trevey September 2, 2013, 2:56 pm

The 1st photo is the cutest ever!!! I remember those days…

Kimber September 6, 2013, 3:22 pm

Thank you Laura! I really treasure photos of my kids so I appreciate your kind words!

Recreate and Decorate September 2, 2013, 4:25 pm

aww I sure wish mine were little again and wore these cute tutu’s! Too cute and a great halloween costume too!

Kimber September 6, 2013, 3:21 pm

You read our mind Wanda. You will see some costumes featured next week!

Jen September 3, 2013, 8:33 am

So cute! I have made so many of these! Here is another tip from the TuTu’s I have made: After a while the Tulle pieces can start to stick together. You can either spray them with a fabric softener/wrinkle guard, or rub them with a fabric softener sheet and they will stay nice and fluffy! Your little princess likes her TuTu! So cute!!

Kimber September 6, 2013, 3:20 pm

Great tips Jen! Thanks for sharing!

Jessica Henry September 23, 2013, 4:21 pm

Thank you so much for this pin. I am trying to make big sis & little sis tutus for a shower this weekend!

Kimber September 24, 2013, 10:00 am

I am so glad it was helpful! I love how easy and affordable it makes tutus so you can have lots of colors! I hope your girls enjoy them!

April September 29, 2013, 5:44 pm

Approximately how many yards of fabric are in each tutu? A full 25 yard roll?

Kimber October 3, 2013, 3:08 pm

Hi April- I was going to list this in the post but it really varies depending on how big the waist is and how long you make the tulle. For my daughter’s size 6 mo tutu I used about 25 yards.

Isabel October 24, 2013, 7:57 pm

So nice I can´t wait to try it!!! Thank you very much for sharing. ;)

Kimber October 30, 2013, 12:52 am

Your welcome! Thank you so much for stopping by Isabel!

Amber March 23, 2014, 11:26 am

Hi,
I would like to no something about the tutu. You say have 25yards of tulle, do you actually use all this because i don’t really want loads of tulle left over and its expensive here a roll. I intend on doing like yours the 3 different colours. Please could you email me back as i dont always get to the computer to see things. Thanks
Amber

Alison April 13, 2014, 4:18 am

Instead of elastic, you can use a headband that you put bows on around the baby’s head… Then you don’t have to sew at all

Kimber April 13, 2014, 10:31 am

That is a great tip Alison! I have done that too!

Katie April 29, 2014, 2:35 pm

Thanks for the tutu-orial (see what I did there?)!!! This was super easy and pretty quick. Just made one for my friend’s daughter’s 1st birthday present, and I can’t wait to make another one for my baby girl due in June.

Megan July 16, 2014, 8:45 pm

Thanks so much for these easy instructions. I just made a gold and white one and am thinking I will need to go three colors next time. Super cute, super easy! If I make a post on my blog about it I will be sure to link back!

Megan July 17, 2014, 11:59 am

Here is the link where I referenced your site. Thanks again for the great tutorial!
http://familymiscellaneous.blogspot.com/2014/07/tutus-etc.html

Amanda Wakim July 18, 2014, 12:01 pm

Hey! Just a different tip. I took lengths of tulle and twisted them to make the “waist” band. That way I could adjust the waist size if needed and the ends just look like part of the tutu. :)

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