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How to Make a Tutu

By Amber Ortega on December 5th, 2008

A tutu is fun and easy to make for your special little girl.  It does not only need to be used for ballet, tutus are fun for every day play or for special occasions.

I have made a tutu for my five-year-old daughter for Christmas.  I used red and gold tulle and will be pairing it with red leggings and top.  Although many parents think it is very difficult, you will be surprised at just how easy it is to look like a professional.

Gather Supplies

Gather Supplies

First let’s gather supplies.  You will need:

  • Elastic, I used 1/4 inch
  • Tulle in any color or combination you would like, I used 5 yards to make the tutu shown, 2 1/2 each of red and gold
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

Now let’s get started!

1. Decide how long you would like the skirt to be, then double that length. You will cut the tulle that length and about six inches wide. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfectly straight, you won’t be able to tell once the skirt is put together.

Sew elastic to form a circle

Sew elastic to form a circle

2. Once you have cut all of your tulle, put two pieces together and find the middle.  Form a “U” shape and place behind the elastic.  Pull your ends through to tie onto the elastic.  Do not tighten just yet.

Make a U with the tulle and then pull ends through to form a knot on elastic

Make a U with the tulle and then pull ends through to form a knot.

3. Continue to tie the tulle around the elastic until you have the elastic covered all the way around.  It took me 28 pieces to make the tutu shown.

4. Move the tulle around until it is straight and even.  Now tighten each knot and there you go!  A cute tutu for your little princess to enjoy!

Straighten tulle and tighten knots to create your tutu

Straighten tulle and tighten knots to create your tutu

A tutu is a quick, easy and beautiful accessory for your daughter.  Oh and did I mention it is very inexpensive?  That’s right, I made this tutu for about $5….that is it.  Tulle is very cheap, I bought mine for $0.79 a yard.  The elastic only cost about $1.15.  So for $5 my daughter has a beautiful dress for Christmas, and I won’t even care if she spills something on it!

Even if you can’t sew, you can make a tutu.  All you need to do a few simple stitches to keep the elastic in place.  If it doesn’t look perfect, thats ok….it will be covered with tulle anyway, just be sure it is firmly held in place.

I have shown friends after making some tutus and everyone is amazed and believe it is really hard to do.  Little do they know it takes about 20 minutes and is almost easiest enough for my kids to make.  Be creative, try different colors, use a theme, have fun with it.  A rainbow of pastel colors or silver and pink, whatever your little princess likes and she won’t want to take it off!

  • MaxxieSparkle

    Ur tips were so helpful n the photos definately helped!

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