How To Make A Tutu Skirt Using A Sewing Machine

by Gelia (Diy Gifts Studio)

If you've made several no sew tutus, like I've explained in my how to make a tutu. Where I've even shared with you my first ever no sew tutu photo.

how to make a tutu with sewing machine own a sewing machine and you're wondering how to make a tutu skirt using it? Well, let me share with this tutorial and the photos of the last tutu skirt I made using classical sewing technique.

So, instead of using a spool of tulle to cut strips, I cut my skirt pieces out of tulle fabric. I used light blue and ivory. It was a birthday tutu for my friend's 2 year old daughter.

how to make a tutu with sewing machine

First, I cut enough ivory tulle (three lengths, I think). Then I gathered it using a ruffler foot on my sewing machine (you can gather also by hand). It came the bottom layer. You can add as much tulle as you like to get it as puffy as you like.

Second, I did the same with light blue tulle. And it became the outer layer of the skirt.

how to make a tutu with sewing machine

Then I cut a strip of ivory velvet for to make the waistband.

Third, I attached the waistband to the skirt part. Added velcro for closure. And attached a beautiful ivory satin ribbon to tie over the skirt.

how to make a tutu with sewing machine

Last, I also made a matching hair bow with a rhinestone button.

how to make a tutu with sewing machine

The birthday tutu turned out whimsical!

how to make a tutu with sewing machine

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Oct 29, 2015
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by: Anita

Please do i sew a zipper on the tutu. pls. advise.
Thank you.

Mar 05, 2015
by: Abi

Wow… This sounds like a super cool idea to me. This material is actually a tough one to work with and whenever I had tried using this material, it has always ended up in a great disaster. Hope this one will end up fine.

Aug 18, 2013
How To Attach a Waistband to Sewed Tutu Skirt
by: Gelia (Diy Gifts Studio)

Thanks, Tiffany!

Yes, you got it spot on! The edges of the skirt are enclosed inside the waistband that is folded in half. So, the skirt is pretty inside out:)
(Oh, I'm so sorry, I know I need to get a more detailed instructions up for this tutu skirt. Ohh, and it's awfully hard to explain now when I don't have photos or video available.)

At this point I'd actually suggest you to search for a video tutorial on attaching a waistband! As it's classical. I could, I will try explaining, but I don't think I'm able to describe so well only with words...

So, you get your waistband fabric, iron on interfacing, and fold, crease in half. Then you sew the ruffled skirt fabric onto the one side of the waistband. Right sides together. That will be the outside of the skirt - all clean and nice.

Next, you need to attach the inner side of the waistband to the skirt as well.

But before you do that, you need to sew the ends of the waistband. I put wrong sides together and sewed.

So, as you creased (ironed) your waistband in half before, it now sits nicely on the skirt. The inside of the skirt part still unraveled and hanging loose. To fix it you need to tuck the unraveled edge into the waistband and pin it place. Also baste it in place. Like so you'll get a clean waistband also from inside the skirt. But you could basically zic-zac the edge too and sew it in place. But in either way - you need to sew from outside of the skirt. You make the stitch just in the crease there. By the crease I mean the first stitch you made when attaching the waistband. Oh my, I'm pretty sure it's terribly hard to understand what I mean without a video…

Oh, Tiffany, I do hope you find a nice video!!! This tutu really turns out nice, and is not too hard if you've attached a waistband before… I wish you the best of luck!:) Thanks for popping by!!

Aug 18, 2013
by: Tiffany

Hello, thanks for the tutorial! I was wondering if you could walk me through how you attached the skirt to the waistband. Are the edges of the skirt enclosed inside the waistband? Is the band folded in half? a Thanks so much!

Mar 17, 2013
by: steph

I am not an avid sewer, but how long is a "length"? a yard? arm length?
I love this skirt!

Mar 14, 2013
About the Ribbon Around the Waist
by: Gelia (Diy Gifts Studio)

The ribbon is mainly for decorative purposes. Plus, you can use it to tighten the skirt around the waist a bit too, if needed. The skirt closes with Velcro.

So, the skirt is "an open skirt", as it is just one length, that closes with Velcro on the back. But as it is fluffy tulle skirt, it's not a problem that it's open at the back like that.

The ribbon is attached to the waist only from one tiny place. So you can open the bow when you need to put the skirt on or take off.

I hope I could explain a bit... Thank you for a great question!

Mar 14, 2013
by: Anonymous

when u added the ribbon,pls how do u wear it?

Sep 14, 2012
About The Velvet Waistband
by: Gelia (Diy Gifts Studio)

Thank you, DeAnna! Oh, I'm sorry I was not clear... I made the velvet waistband myself. I cut a piece of velvet fabric, added fusible waistband lining and sewed it on.

Sep 13, 2012
by: DeAnna

This is beautiful- I'm confused when it comes to the velvet waistband- is it a band that you can buy or is it something you made?

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