How to make a Tutu! You are in the right place to learn how to make a tutu in this step by step tutu- tutorial. Perfect no sew tutu DIY instructions, these tutu DIY instructions have been used all over the world for costumes, fun runs, and businesses to get their tulle on!
How to make a Tutu
- The first thing you need to do to make a tutu is measure the waist the tutu will be going on. Now deduct approx 2-3 inches from the measurement and cut your elastic band. The reason you deduct waist size is because your elastic will get stretched out while adding your tulle and if you do not, your tutu will be too big. Sew your two ends together to make a circle.
- Pre-cut your tulle, doubling the length from what your wanted length is 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
- Create a slip knot with your tulle around the elastic band. Continue around the elastic, sliding your tulle close to each other until your elastic is full.
Tutu TIP: Instead of an elastic waist band, you can use big satin ribbon and the just tie in a bow. 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 more snug.
How much Tulle do you need to make a Tutu?
You will need about 20 yards of tulle to create a full tutu.
Tip: BEFORE YOU GET STARTED – BUY YOUR TULLE
Before you get started, you will absolutely need a ton of tulle. These look best when the skirts are super full and you need to purchase tulle on a BOLT. 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!
TUTU TIP: To add to these instructions since it isn’t listed in a lot of places, 6 inch tulle works really well, not the big tulle you find on the bolts. I use the big tulle on the bolts because I buy in bulk for other tutu and tulle crafts, so I end up having to cut in a lot of ways to get it to be not to thick. If you go that route, you generally have to cut the length and width. If you use the smaller 6 inch tulle, it’s as simple as cutting the length.
How to make a tutu skirt
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 super 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 easy to make a tutu! 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, its so super easy to make a tutu that even my 10 year old can do it!
If you are here to learn how to make a No Sew tutu, I have an UPDATED tutorial with large images and a new example. Just click the image below to go to the new no sew tutu tutorial. That tutu tutorial shows some larger shots than this older post. This is the one I made~ Make sure you scrunch your tulle together really well to have a really full tutu!
Before you get started on making a tutu, you need to measure your waist or the waist this tutu skirt is going on. Make sure you measure your model and then take off about 2-3 inches of elastic. This means if you measure a waist of 25 inches, your elastic only needs to be about 22-23 inches. I know that sounds drastic, but as you put on the tulle and tighten it, it stretches the elastic out and makes it longer. If you don’t take down the waist size before you create your skirt, your waist will end up really big and you will be taking it half apart.
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.
Pre-measure your tulle out and have it all ready so you can basically go from start to finish. A general rule is that it should be about 22-24 inches in length so when you fold it in half, it hangs long enough. If you measure out 24 inches, it will be 12 inches in length. So basically half your length to determine how long the skirt is. I do all the trimming at the end so I don’t worry so much.
Where you did the sewing 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!
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
Make sure you add some embellishments like sparkles or pom poms when you’re done! I like to add flowers to mine!
Other tutu posts of mine I would love for you to check out:
- How to make a tutu for your kitten
- How to make a tutu for your barbie
- How to make a tutu Hairbow Holder
Other sites that may help you (but my instructions are probably as clear as you are going to find)
- How to make a Fairy Wand (w/ crystal ball – I made this, its super cute!)
- How to Make a Tulle wand (my site! very cute!)
- How to make a tutu for your Barbie (new!)
- How to make a Pinwheel
I hope that helps you when you make your new tutu for your little one! These Tutu instructions and DIY tutorial have helped hundreds of thousands of crafters like you! Have a craft you want me to demonstrate? Just contact me and I will make a tutorial. Follow MomDot’s board MomDot Blog on Pinterest.