Have you ever wondered how to make a tutu? A no sew tutu couldn’t be more simple to make for little ones and it is a great handmade gift that encourages imaginative play. Package it up with a wand and a crown for a fun dress up set. All you have to do is cut tulle into strips and you will have the cutest tutu for girls. Add a bit more tulle and you can make an easy tulle tutu for an adult! No sewing machine needed!
How many yards of tulle do you need to make a tutu?
The amount can vary by how full you want the tutu to be. We used five yards of tulle for a child’s size tutu and it worked great. If the tutu isn’t full enough you can always add more tulle. Use an elastic headband for the waist. This way you don’t need to measure elastic. If you do use a strip of elastic put it around the waist. Make sure it is snug. Leave a little bit to tie a knot. If you are worried about the size remember you can always adjust by moving the knot.
How much tulle to make a tutu for adults?
6 yards of tulle should be enough to make a tutu for an adult. The elastic headband we used for the child’s tutu might not be large enough. Wrap a piece of elastic around an adult waist. Tie the elastic in a knot so it fits snugly. Remove elastic and begin tying on the tulle strips. If you need a longer tutu don’t fold the tulle the second time before tying onto the elastic. This might make the tutu not as full, but it will give it more length. Just add more strips of tulle. A ribbon can also be used for the waist. This makes a really adjustable waist. Tie ribbon around around your waist with a bow. While wearing the ribbon add the strips of tulle, shifting ribbon around your waist as you go. Now, just untie and tie to get in and out of the tutu.
How many yards of tulle do you need for a child’s tutu?
- 5 yards of tulle which can be found at a local fabric store
- 1 elastic headband (I found the elastic headbands at the dollar store)
How To Make A No Sew Tutu
Start by cutting strips. Cut the entire 5 yards of tulle into 4 or 5 inch wide strips. It doesn’t have to be perfect and the width of the strips can be varied. Tulle is folded once lengthwise on the bolt when you buy it. Fold the tulle in half again lengthwise, and again once more to make the cutting go quicker.
Open strip up so it is folded in half one time, like it was when it came of the bolt. Fold this strip again, finding the middle. You might skip the second fold if making for an adult.
Place the elastic headband on your upper thigh to make tying the strips of tulle onto the band easier. Place the middle of the strip that is folded in half under the elastic band.
Reach under and through the loop grasping the strip.Pull the tail through the loop.
This makes a slip knot, pull snug. Be careful tying tulle strips around the elastic band to not stretch out the band.
Continue tying all of the strips evenly onto the elastic band.
If the waist of the tutu needs to be adjusted, tie a knot in the elastic band.
TaDa! Now you have made a super simple tutu that is perfect for costumes and play! Don’t forget a wand and crown to make this tutu an extra special homemade gift. This tulle tutu is a great way to avoid the cost of boutique skirts and create your own special birthday outfit for any little girl. Coordinate the skirt to the birthday theme, and you will have a picture perfect outfit!
This tutu will fit children from about 2-7 years. To make the tutu longer in length for older children, don’t fold the strip exactly in the middle, making one side longer.
If you want another simple project try to make a headband out of a old t-shirt!
Now that you know how to make a tutu you can make many different skirts including this darling witch costume! It is an absolutely no sew costume and really can be made made in an evening. We never can decide on what to be until the very last minute. For this witches costume we used rolls of tulle instead of the tulle on the bolt. We used this same tutu tutorial to make a Wonder Woman costume too. This tutu is so easy and versatile. You don’t need to stick with just one color of tulle. Try mixing in some different colors throughout the same skirt. You will be amazed at how quickly a tutu can be made. With a themed tshirt and an easy tutu, you can easily fix just about any “I don’t have a costume” dilemma!