Learn how to make a tutu! This is a simple DIY on how to make a no-sew tutu skirt that works for both babies and adults! Use my step-by-step (and super easy) no-sew tutu tutorial to make one or two (or ten!) of your very own.
These no-sew DIY tutus are perfect for dress-up time, a birthday 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 about 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 Much Tulle for a Tutu?
I get 6-inch tulle if I’m making a single tutu. It’s easier to deal with because I don’t have to cut it to width. If you’re making several tutus, buy tulle by the bolt to save money. You’ll need about 20 yards of tulle to make a nice full tutu.
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 the bottom for a free no-sew tutu tutorial guide that you can print.
SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED:
- Tulle Fabric – 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 3/4-inch elastic. They cost about $1.20 at Walmart and are in the fabric and crafting section. For an adult tutu, you can get wider elastic, understanding that if you go too wide it will fold over when you add your tulle. I would recommend between 1-1.5 inches wide.
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Needle and thread or sewing machine
- Ribbon or bow
- Measuring Tape
Tulle TIP: Bolts can be expensive at the craft or fabric 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 hairbow 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 craft or fabric stores!
How To Make a Tutu Skirt
Let’s get started on your very own DIY tutu!
The first thing you need to begin making a tutu is to 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 measurement 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. 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 waistband, you can use a big satin ribbon and then just tie in a bow. This makes it a true no-sew tutu. This is a better design for ones you plan to sell, but they’re less flexible and a little more droopy than elastic ones.
Elastic is a lot snugger if you want it to stay on.
Now that you have your waist measurement 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 it’s 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 to measure 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 measure 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 hairbow 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.
Add your elastic waist to a pitcher, the back of a chair, or even the legs of an upturned stool. (See demonstration below).
This allows you to continue working the tulle around the elastic or satin ribbon, hands-free.
Create a loop at the center of each cut piece to set up a slip knot with your tulle and slip under the elastic band.
Tighten the knot of the tulle gently – you want the knot 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 close together to ensure a fuller tutu!
How To Make a Tutu for Adults
You can use this tutorial to make a tutu for adults. It’s so cute for baby outfits, little ballerinas, runners, and adult costumes too. You’ll simply use longer strips of tulle to ensure that the skirt is as long as you need to fit an adult.
How to Finish a DIY Tulle Tutu Skirt
Where you did the sewing of the elastic, it will be a little hard to knot the tulle and close the last few pieces over the top. I always put an embellishment in that area to cover up anything that doesn’t look perfect.
A little ribbon bow or flower works perfect here, as you can see on my tutu! Embellishments are a cute addition to a tutu made with satin ribbon, too!
Free DIY Tutu Guide
Download the free 3-page tutu tutorial guide so you can keep the instructions with you while you’re not on a computer! Just click the image below for an instant download!
Fun Tutu Color and Theme Ideas
- Red Tulle with Black Puff Balls glued on Make a LadyBug
- Orange, Purple, and Black tulle for a witch
- Yellow, Orange, and 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! Or yourself. They’re fun for everyone!