Moment of truth, folks: I love tutus. There is just something so fun and girly about all that tulle! When I found out I was having a girl when I was pregnant with my second baby, my brain went into overdrive thinking of all of the pink, girly things I was going to make for her. Tutus definitely ranked high on that list. Although I made several of these easy, no sew tutus for her before her first birthday (and made the mother of pink, frilly skirts for her first birthday when I made this insane pettiskirt), it had been awhile since I put one together for her so I decided to make one for her Easter pictures this year. I’m so pleased with how it turned out:
These DIY no sew tutus are incredibly easy to make, I promise! So let’s get started!
Here is a list of supplies you will need:
6″ wide strips of tulle (the ones that come on the roll are the easiest to work with)*;
1/4″ – 1/2″ wide ribbon or elastic for the waistband (note that if you use elastic, you will need to sew the ends together)*;
Scissors or rotary cutter and mat (highly recommended); and
A small cardboard box that you can wrap your ribbon/elastic around for assembly.
*How much tulle and ribbon/elastic you need depends on the size of your child. There is a great reference chart for sizing here that was put together by Modern Day Homemaker.
Gather your supplies. I initially intended to make my daughter’s tutu in pink and white (alternating between colors to create a striped look), but ultimately decided on using just pink. Here are my supplies gathered together (with both the pink and white tulle pictured):
Measure your child’s waist and cut the ribbon/elastic to the appropriate size (again, see the chart here). I used ribbon to make this tutu, so I added 4″ on each end (for a total of 8″) so I would have some excess ribbon at the ends to tie the tutu around my daughter’s waist. If you are using elastic instead, be sure to cut your elastic 1-2″ smaller than your child’s waist size so that it will stay up!
This is the boring part: cut your tulle. How much you need will depend on your child’s waist size, but as a reference point, I used approximately 50 strips of tulle for my daughter’s tutu (and her waist measurement was 18″). I like to pull the tulle really tight so I can add lots to the ribbon (this makes it extra fluffy!), but if you do not pull your tulle super tight, you could use less material. I highly recommend using a rotary cutter and mat to make this part go a bit faster!
Wrap your ribbon/elastic around the cardboard box; if you are using ribbon, you simply have to tie the ribbon in place, but if you are using elastic, you will need to sew the ends together beforehand then wrap it around the box.
Assemble your tutu! The easiest way to describe this part is with pictures:
A) Fold your tulle strip in half then slide the middle fold under your ribbon/elastic:
B) Push the ends of your tulle strip through the opening in the fold of your tulle:
C) Pull tight:
D) Repeat over and over and over again until you have filled the ribbon/elastic (remembering to leave excess ribbon on either end to tie the tutu)! It will look something like this:
And that’s it! Easy, right?! Now all you have left is to put it on your daughter and enjoy the tutu tulle sweetness! I would love to see a picture of your completed tutu if you want to share below!