How to Make a Tutu Skirt

Everything on Fast and Easy No-Sew Tutus for Girls

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Why would you want to make these simple, yet gorgeous wearable fluffy clouds?

  • You'd love making them, because they are super fast and easy to make with my classic size reference table below to guide you.
  • Baby tutu skirts make fabulous homemade baby shower gifts
  • Toddler tutu is gorgeous for a fancy photo shoot
  • These Dandelion puffs make cute outfits for birthday parties and dress-ups

So, read on below about the materials, and step by step instructions.

"Made one for my 7 and 2 year olds. Came out so great.These were the best no sew directions I've found on my search! Thank you!" - Melanie Smith

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101 on How to Make a Tutu Skirt

By the way, doesn't my baby girl look such a cutie in hers?

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  • The super fluffy ones require 43 - 100 yards of soft 6 inch wide tulle. It's the easiest to use precut 6 inches wide netting on the spool. Or you can cut your strips from wide fabric as well. The important thing is to get the softest material.

NB! How much tulle you need depends on the size and length of the skirt.

***For example: To make a 16 inches (41 cm.) long ballerina tutu skirt for a 6 month old baby girl, you'd need 44 yards (40 meters) of 6 inches wide netting. That is a bit less than one spool of 50 yards.

  • Elastic for waistband. You can also make a tie on pettiskirt with the satin ribbon.

  • You can also use the satin ribbon to cover the waistband; and you can also consider adding silk flowers for decoration.

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"Tutu completed. Can't wait to see her little face in the morning when she goes off to creche dressed as a ballerina. I am very pleased with myself. Thanks for a brilliant tutorial." - Angela Hall Denys

Detailed Example

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Here's a detailed example on how to make a tutu.

  • This pink tiny fluffy skirt in the pictures here required 44 yards (40m.) of 6" netting fabric. I used three matching tones of the material.
  • One strip was 16 inches (41cm.) long, and I put five of them per one knot. I put five strips to get a nice and fluffy Dandelion puff. I've seen people do tutus just with one strip of tulle per knot, but I find that to be way too few for a gorgeous faux ballerina princess tutu.
  • I tied 20 knots.

NB! I'd say that was the minimum amount of material to use for making this tiny skirt. So, as a TIP! I'd say:

...for a tiny baby tutu skirt you need at least two 25yd. rolls of netting.

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Step by Step Instructions for Making Tutu Skirts

Before we get to the how to make a tutu instructions, I'd like to share another TIP! with you. I love to combine different shades and colors of tulle for one tutu. I achieve a blended natural look by doing so. Try it!

"Every girlie girl likes to twirl around in a ballerina tutu skirt
while graciously posing for a fancy shoot!"

Now the Most Helpful Tutu Making Instructions

First, need to decide the length of your FINISHED tutu.

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Are you making one as a gift? Or you just can't (bother to) measure the recipient.

...No problem!

I've typed in a reference table for you. It is super handy when you are making the pettiskirt as a surprise and can't take the measurements.

So, go get your measurements, or consult the table below. It is quite foolproof. So, you can know how to make a tutu as professionals do.

Still a bit worried?

If you want to be super sure that it fits, then use an elastic waist band with an inch or two of extra length. It's easy to regulate later if needed.

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"Thank you so much for your tutorial! I made one this morning for my daughter's birthday party this afternoon! Can't wait to see her in it! Thank you again!" - Desiree Alexsy

Tutu Skirt Reference Table

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Size Finished Tutu Waist Finished Tutu Length
Newborn - 12 months 15" - 17" // 38-43cm. 7" // 18cm.
12 months - 2 years 18" // 46cm. 8" // 20cm.
2 years - 4 years 19" // 48cm. 10" // 25cm.
4 toddler 20" // 51cm. 11" // 28cm.
5 years 21" // 53cm. 12" // 30,5cm.
6 years 22" // 56cm. 13" // 33cm.
Adult Custom Custom

NB! The pettiskirts according to the reference table come out fairly short, like ballerina tutus. If you'd like a longer one then increase the length.

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"Makes it nice and easy, especially with the measurements...
Thank you!" - Emma Victoria Palfreman-Brown

Second, decide the length of your tulle STRIPS. Thus, get the length for your finished skirt and double it. For example, for a 18" long frock cut 36" long strips.

Third, decide if you are going to use an elastic waistband or a satin ribbon. In case of a ribbon, leave some extra length (at least a yard to both sides) to tie the skirt closed into a bow later.

*I used an elastic waist band for this particular puffy attire. (The purple one in the bottom of the page was knotted on a satin ribbon.)

The easiest way to knot these light thin fabric strips on is to do it on a chair back like so. Actually, any place you can fit the elastic over works fine (your thigh, a sheet of thick cardboard).

Fourth, knot your fabric pieces onto the waistband. As I show in the photo tutorial.

*Remeber, to put five pieces per knot and make all your knots facing the same way.

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"This is absolutely incredible! Love it all. Thanks so much!" - Necia Guidry

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Make it nice and fluffy! Put at least three, better five per one knot.

Hold them from the center and tie them on like so.

Make sure that all your tangles face the same direction.

Cover all the elastic.

Do You Fancy a Different Look?

"Very cute can't wait to make them for the grandbabies!" - Stephanie Smith Rose

You can change the way your puffy rasberry meringue looks when you cut your netting differently. You can have the ends of the strips as straight cut, or cut at an angle or rounded for different looks.

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Matching Baby Shoes

Knowing how to make a tutu does come in handy. It sure makes a classy and brilliantly fun handmade gift. I also designed and sewed these photo prop ballet slips and easily assembled a headband with the flower.

In case you want to sew a similar pair of ballet slips, you can find some free baby shoes patterns I've pinned to my Couture for Baby and Sewing Ideas board in Pinterest.

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"How cute, cheap and fun. Any little girl would love this!" - Pattie Goodwin Vitale

First Baby Tutu Skirts

I'm confident that your princess ballerina tutu skirts become breathtaking gifts, to say the least. If you follow my time tested instructions on how to make a tutu. I'd love to hear back from you! You're very welcome to comment below!

Do you want to see my first no-sew frock;)? Here it is...

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This purple one was the first ever no sew tutu I made.

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"What a great idea! I have 2 nieces who are going to love this. Thanks for the idea:)" - Christa Pellerito

You Could Also Sew Tutu Skirts

The no-sew tutu is a superb, fuzz free and fast project for any one. If you're not afraid of a sewing machine, sewing a one could be a sweet project to tackle.

Here's one whimsical light blue and ivory skirt I made for a birthday girl. Peek for more photos and description of how to make a tutu like this over at How To Make A Tutu Skirt Using A Sewing Machine page.

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Tutorial for Sewing a Lovely Tutu Dress

How To Make A Tutu Dress

Would you love to make a Princess Giselle Fluffy Tutu Dress for the Little Darlings in your life? Maybe you need Flower Girl Dresses...

I'll guide you every step of the way with the step-by-step how to make a tutu dress video. It gives you a super kick-start! If you've sewn some before, it will be a piece of cake!

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You Asked

How wide are the strips you use?

I find using 6 inches wide tulle spool great and comfortable. You can also cut your strips from tulle fabric, then make them about 6 inches wide as well.

Is there an online store to buy the elastic waist band? Is there a type of ribbon that is good to make it?

Satin ribbon is the best. And have you tried for the elastic?

Do you stretch out the elastic while you tie the strips?

I don't stretch the elastic particularly, only a bit. As I want the elastic waistband to be nicely covered with knots later when the tutu is worn.

How much would you say this costed... I was thinking about making some adult size ones for a breast cancer event?

Well, for the adult no sew tutu you need 100 yards of tulle in minimum. Of course, the amount depends on the length and fluffiness of the tutu skirt. Thus the price of the finished product depends on how much you pay for the tulle spools (or bolts). Google for prices. So, what you could do is make one as a prototype. Then you'll know the amount of tulle you'd like to use for one tutu and you can easily calculate the final cost.

The tutu turned out about 3-4 inches too big at the waist. What have I done wrong?

Occasionally the tutu can come out too big at the waist because the elastic is very stretchy, and it stretches out too much during the tulle strip knot adding process. The best way to fix it is to remove some tulle strip knots until the tutu is the right size.

I made the back fluffier than the front. If I took it all off the elastic and switched it to a ribbon would I still be able to make it fluffier in the back?

Certainly. The ribbon waistband offers more control over the fitting waist size and keeping your fluff in the right place. You can never stretch out a ribbon waist band with adding too many knots.

And if you ever should want to adjust the waist of a ribbon-waist tutu, then just add (or remove) some tulle knots on the ribbon. Just make sure you leave long enough ribbon tales from the beginning.