How To Make a Homemade Tutu

My daughter loves her tutus! She has had several each year since she was born, all of which were made by me. They are very easy, and cheap to make. In the past I have seen vendors on Etsy, or craft fairs selling these babies for $25 and up! Nope, I think I’ll make it myself for a few bucks.

Supplies Needed:

Elastic ( for the waist band)
Tulle in colors of your choice

If Tulle is not on sale at your craft store, remember to search for a printable Craft Store coupon to save money.

I prefer the Tulle on the bolt, and not the spool. The cutting is easier for me, but you can choose whatever you think will be easier.

Step 1:
Measure how long you wish your tutu to be.
Double that amount.


I wanted my tutu to be 20 inches long, so I cut a big piece of tulle to 40 inches in length.

Step 2:
Lay your piece of tulle out, and fold it over. Keep the fold nearest you.

Step 3 :
Roll up the tulle

Step 4:
Figure out how wide you want your tulle strips to be, and cut the roll in that amount.

Example: I cut my tulle in 2 inch wide strips after it is rolled.

Step 5:
Measure the area the tutu will be worn. ( Waist for a normal tutu, or chest if it is a tutu dress) Cut the elastic this length

Step 6:
Take one piece of the tulle, unroll and hold the center fold. Place the tulle behind the Elastic, pull bottom 2 tails up and through the loop (fold) Pull tightly to secure the knot.

Step 7:
Continue attaching all the tulle strips, until your tutu is as full as you want it.

Step 8:
Overlap the ends of the elastic about 1 – 1 1/2 inches and hand sew or glue together.

** If you wish to use a satin ribbon instead of elastic, just make sure you cut extra ribbon to have enough to tie the ends**

I usually like to add embellishments to the tutu. You can loop in some ribbons with the tulle to accessorize, or glue a feather boa to the top over the elastic, or even add a few flowers in the center. It just depends on what you want, and how you want your tutu to look!


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