How to Make a No-Sew Tutu

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Just in time for Halloween, you can save money and make a cute tutu for your little princess. I can’t believe how easy it was to make! My daughter has almost every Disney Princess costume available, recently her Ariel one finally became shreds after so many washes. I decided to try to make her a skirt instead of spending another $45 on a costume. This was made for my almost 5 year old, so the amount of tulle needed will vary by child.

Supplies Needed to Make Tutu:
  • 1 package of 1″ Non-Roll Elastic Band
  • Flower Pin (optional, found in dollar section at craft store)
  • 1 Roll of Shinny Ribbon (optional)
  • 3-4 Rolls of Tulle 6″ wide (your choice of color)
  • or 3-5 yards of Tulle if bought at craft store (depends on size of child and how full you want the skirt to be)

How to make a tutu supplies

 1. If you are using tulle by the yard, you will need to cut it into 6-inch-wide strips. The strips don’t have to be perfectly straight or exactly 6 inches wide. Wrap the tulle (folded in half) around a shoe box lid that measures approximately 6″ or so.

How to make a tutu

2. Once you have wrapped the tulle around piece of cardboard or shoe box lid, cut at the sides with scissors. You will end up with 2 sets of 6″ wide strips.

How to make a no-sew tutu

3. If you are using rolls of tulle, simply measure the length you want and double it plus add an extra inch for the knot. I found that wrapping the tulle around the arms of  a desk chair (that was the same length I needed) worked great. It reduced the need to measure and cut each strip individually. I wrapped the whole roll and cut one time, making all strips the same length.

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How to Make a Tutu

4. Once you have all of your strips of tulle, you are ready to start. Wrap the no-roll elastic band around the child’s waist and cut it where the edges just meet. Overlap the elastic by 1 inch and staple together along the edge. Or you can sew the elastic together using a needle and thread.

How to make a tutu

5. Place elastic band around your thigh or a piece of cardboard, then fold a strip of tulle in half and using a slip knot attach it to the band. To do this, take a piece of tulle and fold it in half then place it under the ribbon with the loop on the right and the tails of the tulle on the left. Bring up the tails and pass them through the loop, pull the slip knot tight, making sure your tails stay even. 

How to make a tutu

6. Continue making slipknots around the elastic band until you are done. If you are using more than one color, be sure to alternate between them. Finish up by adding shorter slipknots of ribbon and accessorize with a flower pin.

How to make a tutu

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