So you want to learn how to make a tutu skirt? Well, life just got a little easier for you because we know a way to make your very own homemade DIY tutu in less than 30 minutes, with no sewing required!
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In this article:
- How to Make a Tutu Skirt No Sew
- Supplies You Need for a Tutu: (Yields 1 Adult Size or 2 Child Size)
- Tutu Skirt Instructions | Tutorial
How to Make a Tutu Skirt | Easy No Sew Tutorial
How to Make a Tutu Skirt No Sew
The finished piece will be light, fluffy, and everything you’d hoped for. This is how to make a fluffy tutu for you or for the person who needs it.
This easy no sew tutu is great for ballet and dance. It also makes a fun costume for play and Halloween. Make it for your little girl and watch her light up for the next special occasion.
This tutu skirt is almost too easy to make, you’ll be able to dress up the whole ballet studio for very little time and cost!
Supplies You Need for a Tutu: (Yields 1 Adult Size or 2 Child Size)
- Tulle Fabric: 6 yards of a 54″ bolt
- Satin Ribbon: 2 yards
- Fabric Scissors
Tutu Skirt Instructions | Tutorial
Step 1: Tie Bow
This is how to make a tutu skirt with ribbon. Tie the satin ribbon into a bow around your waist, if the skirt you are making is for you.
If the skirt is for someone else, get the measurements of their waist by tying the ribbon around their waist. From there you can either keep the ribbon around them, or mark the ribbon where the bow will be formed and then wear it on yourself as you continue to work.
Step 2: Cut Ribbon for Bow
Cut the ends to fall where you would like. I chose about 12″ down from the bow.
Step 3: Cut Tulle for Tutu
You will eventually be cutting your tulle into strips. But first, you need to prepare your bolt of tulle fabric.
Fold out about 36″ of fabric from your bolt and cut down the centerfold, splitting the fabric in half.
Step 4: Cut Tulle Fabric for Tutu
Now cut this 36″ segment from the bolt of fabric, cutting in a straight line parallel to the bolt. We do this because working with smaller segments at a time is easier.
Step 5: Gather Tulle for Tutu
Gather the top and bottom ends of the fabric and bring them together with your hands. This will make it easier to cut into pieces.
Step 6: Cut Tulle for Tutu into Strips
Hold the fabric in your fist, and cut out 6″ pieces. This is approximately the size of your fist with a little room on each edge.
This method speeds up the process of cutting the length of your tulle. When you are finished you should have six 6″ segments per every 36″ of fabric.
You will be repeating these steps, but not quite yet.
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Step 7: Place Strip of Tulle for Tutu behind Ribbon
Take a strip of tulle and loop it in half.
Step 8: Form Loop with Tulle
Take the loop in one hand and tuck the ends of the tulle between it with the other hand.
Step 9: Pull Tulle Tight
Pull the loop of tulle you just formed tight.
Step 10: Slide Tulle to the Side
Tuck each tulle knot against the knot before it. Slide each new knot as close to the next as possible.
Step 11: Repeat Cutting and Tying Tulle for Tutu
Repeat Steps 4-10, cutting out the tulle and tying it around your waist until the whole skirt is filled.
Step 12: Retie your Ribbon into a Bow
Once you have looped the strips o tulle all the way around the length of the skirt, you can retie the ribbon into a beautiful bow around your waist or the waist of the person wearing the skirt.
Step 13: Love your Homemade Tutu!
Dance around and enjoy your lovely new tutu!
How’s that for a quick DIY on how to make your own tutu skirt? You can make one for your little girl or if you need one for yourself.
This tutu skirt DIY tutorial will help you get the job done in no time.
Do you have your own version on how to make a tutu skirt? Share them with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 30, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Even easier is to buy tulle ribbon that is already 6″ so all you have to do is cut it to the length you want. You can order spools online for as low as $1.50 and walmart sells it for around $2.
Thanks for the great tutorial. I used it to make my first tutu today, and it turned out great. I appreciate it!