How to make a tutu, a simple DIY on how to make a super easy no-sew tutu that works for both adults and babies! If the little girl in your life has been begging for a tutu – you’re in the right place! Use my step-by-step (and super easy!) tutu tutorial to make your very own, or two.
These no-sew DIY tutus are perfect for dress-up time, a party favor or theme, or even costumes for dance recitals. I see them on 5k and fun run runners all the time – so cute and easy! People all over the world are getting their tulle on! The tutus you can make from these DIY instructions are very full and beautiful – great for quick Halloween costumes too (I won’t judge).
As a professional crafter, I have made my fair share of tutus. And as a craft site, I am asked a lot on how to make a tutu, so I brought over some information from my tulle site to share with y’all!
Tutus are super easy and fun to make. You can buy nearly any type of tulle and create tutus for all of your costumes! No need to buy a tutu when it’s so easy to make one. Now while this type of tutu is “no sew” keep in mind the elastic needs a small stitch to hold around the waist. Other than that, it’s so super easy to make a tutu that even my 10-year-old can do it.
How to make a No Sew Tutu
I’ve broken down the process to make this tutu into simple steps. This way you can do the whole thing in one sitting or a bit at a time. Scroll to bottom for a free tutu tutorial guide that you can print.
SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED:
- Tulle – I love to use 6-inch tulle, rather than big bolts when making just one tutu. This way I only have to cut the tulle to length, not width too! If you’re making for a crowd I suggest buying by the bolt to save some money. If you go that route, you generally have to cut the length and width. You’ll need about 20 yards of tulle to create a full tutu.
- Elastic – On elastic width, that’s preference. I find with older girls, the 1 inch width is a good size, but for the babies, you may want something less wide like a 3/4th inch elastic. They cost about $1.20 at Walmart and are in the crafting section. For an adult, you can get wider elastic but if you go too wide it will fold over when you add your tulle. I would stick around 1-1.5 inches wide.
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Needle & thread or sewing machine
- Ribbon or bow
Tulle TIP: Bolts can be expensive at the craft store, so I highly recommend you purchase a bolt (or two or three to mix colors) to make this craft. In the height of my tutu bow holder days, I only bought online. Make sure you have your tulle ready for this craft because it takes a LOT. Buying it by the bolt is the smartest thing you can do.
It’s pretty inexpensive on Amazon and often with free shipping for less than half what you can get at the craft stores!
How to make a Tutu Skirt
Let’s get started on your very own DIY tutu!
The first thing you need to do to make a tutu is measure the waist the tutu will be going on. No matter whether this is for a baby or an adult, the process is the same. Once you have a waist line, subtract 2-3 inches from the measurement and cut your elastic band.
Your elastic will get stretched out while adding your tulle so if you don’t subtract those inches, your tutu will be too big and making the band slightly smaller than the waist will make sure it stays put – no one wants a droopy tutu!
Tutu TIP: Instead of an elastic waist band, you can use big satin ribbon and the just tie in a bow. This makes it a true no sew tutu. It’s easy removal…but that’s half the problem…your child, especially if you have a young one, can remove it. Elastic is a lot snugger if you want it to stay on.
Now that you have your waist line set, sew your two ends together to make a circle.
I like to do this by hand, as it’s hard on the sewing machine to run the thick pieces through, but you can do it either way. Set your circle of elastic to the side.
Now its time to get your tulle ready! Pre-cut your tulle, doubling the length from what you want the finished length to be.
- For example, if you want a 12-inch long tutu, you will need a 24-inch piece of tulle as it will be doubled over. If you want a skirt that is approximately 20 inches long, your tulle will need to be 40 inches long.
- I like to cut all the tulle at once so I am ready to put together the entire skirt in one go. This prep for your tulle is very important and will allow you to continue moving quickly while creating your no sew tutu. But I do all the trimming of the ends of the skirt at the end so don’t worry so much about measuring it perfectly
Tip: Tulle comes in bolts and is already folded. Do not unfold the tulle from the bolt. Simply measure the length and cut, leaving your tulle doubled up. You can see an example of how to fold tulle for a skirt OR a tutu bow holder here on my video.
This video was made for a How to make a tutu hairbow holder article, but the concept for folding is exactly the same.
This keeps you able to continue with the tulle around hands free.
Create a slip knot with your tulle and slip under the elastic band.
Tighten the knot of the tulle gently – you want it snug but not so tight it doubles over the elastic band.
Continue around the elastic waist, sliding your tulle pieces close to each other until your elastic is full.
TIP: Make sure you scrunch your tulle together really well to have a really full tutu!
Finishing the tutu
Where you did the sewing on the elastic, it will be a little hard to close the last few pieces of tulle over the top. I always put an embellishment in that area to cover up any discrepancy.
A little bow or flower works perfect here as you can see on my tutu!
Free DIY Tutu Guide
Download free 3 page tutu tutorial guide so you can keep the instructions with you while not on computer! Just click the image below for an instant download!
Tutu Color Inspiration Ideas
- Red Tulle with Black Puff Balls glued on Make a LadyBug
- Orange, Purple, and Black tulle for a witch
- Yellow, Orange, White for Candy Corn
- Hot Pink and Lime Green for Strawberry Shortcake
- White and Light Pink for a “50’s” Look
- Purple and Light green for a Fairy
- Yellow and Black for a Bumble Bee
Other Fun Tutu & Tulle Crafts
- How to make a tutu for your kitten
- How to make a tutu Hairbow Holder
- How to make a Fairy Wand (w/ crystal ball -super cute!)
- How to Make a Tulle wand
- How to make a tutu for your Barbie (new!)
I hope that helps you when you make your new tutu for your little one!
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