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No Sew Tutu Tutorial

Posted by  ·  May 12, 2017  ·  Last Updated: July 20, 2017

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)
  • scissors
How to make a tutu

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.

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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.

Tutu Tutorial
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.

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Reach under and through the loop grasping the strip.Pull the tail through the loop.

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This makes a slip knot, pull snug. Be careful tying tulle strips around the elastic band to not stretch out the band.

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Continue tying all of the strips evenly onto the elastic band.

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If the waist of the tutu needs to be adjusted, tie a knot in the elastic band.

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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!

make homemade tutuThis 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!


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  1. Monday, February 11th, 2019
    I am looking forward to making a tutu for a fun run that my husband and I are doing next month! Thanks so much for the tutorial!
  2. Thursday, February 7th, 2019
    Perfect video for this grandma to make a tutu for my littles!
  3. JoAnna
    Friday, March 30th, 2018
    Thank you so much now my baby girl has a tutu for school
  4. Kira M
    Saturday, January 20th, 2018
    Thank you. Very nice and easy tutorial.
  5. Nora
    Thursday, October 13th, 2016
    I think this is how we do your tutu so you can work on it at chads saturday night... and we get some extra to make Maya little one to wear for fun
  6. Friday, July 10th, 2015
    Thanks for sharing I needed this tutorial!
  7. preeti
    Sunday, June 14th, 2015
    i loove you soooooo much for this..this is pure genius !!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Katie R
    Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
    Thank you! This is great!
  9. Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
    I will definitely be trying this soon Thank you for the tutorial.
  10. Friday, November 22nd, 2013
    my little sis loves mine so I am making a copy of mine when I do it!!!
  11. Friday, November 22nd, 2013
    I am making one for my 5 year old sister and its going to be a total surprise and I am only9!!
  12. Monday, November 11th, 2013
    The value of the christmas gift is inconsequential. My associate once gifted me his recipe for one of my favourite meals,
    crafting it out in calligraphy on paper, and even an opportunity
    to cook it along with me. All round monetary value around zero,
    yet just about the most lovely and thoughtful present that i've ever been provided.
  13. Tywana
    Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
    Made 3 of these this morning with my two daughters and niece ages 4-7, they LOVE THEM :-) They're about to put on a show! Oh to be a kid again! Thanks for this tutorial :-)
  14. Tiffany
    Saturday, July 20th, 2013
    This looks fun crafty and easy enough for a not so crafty person like myself. Also a great project for my Girl Scout troop...
  15. Sunday, May 19th, 2013
    Love this tutorial! - hope you don't mind but I featured you in my Fun Day Monday blog entry for this week: http://www.victoriadalechildminding.co.uk/category/events/
  16. Thursday, December 27th, 2012
    Im 12 years old and addicted to home ec. Especially making clothes. I made like a whole BUNCH of these and brought them to a childrens hospital along with stuffed bears my big sister made for the boys. THEY LOVED THEM!!!!! I say this to all of you who worry that it will be hard to make!!!! ITS SO EASY THAT I, A TWELVE YEAR OLD LITTKE GIRL, CAN MAKE THEM IN A MINIMUM OF 5-7 MINUTES!!!!
  17. Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
    Hi, I made one very similar, and have linked your tutorial to my post. Hope that is ok?
  18. Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
    what a great tutorial! i wish i had seen this before i made my tutu .. the headband is an amazing idea. i hope you don't mind that i linked back to this awesome idea in my tutu post: http://simplicity-interrupted.blogspot.com/2012/10/tutu-tu-torial.html

    thank you for sharing this how-to!
  19. Amber
    Saturday, September 29th, 2012
    Awesome idea. I've seen a ribbon used instead of headband to make adjustable
  20. theresa dearing
    Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
    what length do you make your elastic do not have any children,but want to make a tutu to cellat craft shows. would really like your help on this. thank you ,theresa dearing
    • Cindy
      Friday, May 12th, 2017
      Theresa, If you want to use a piece of elastic see if you can measure a child's waist. Use that length and tie the ends together with a knot. When you are finished and the child is wearing it, it can always be adjusted by moving the knot if it is too big. It is hard to make it bigger so I would try to error on the side of being too big rather than too small.
  21. Monday, May 7th, 2012
    Merci pour ce tuto, ma fille adore!
    Thanks for the no sew tutu tutorial my daugther loves it!
    A bientôt
  22. smiley
    Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
    thank you so much for sharing. This will make a lot of little girls very happy. My daughter and I made one today. So easy and so much fun. Thank you again!
  23. Hope
    Sunday, March 11th, 2012
    You guys should make them for teenagers too we also wear them...
  24. Candace
    Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
    I cannot wait to try this!! I do have a question though, which may be a dumb one :) but to give the tutu a "layered" look with different colors, do i use 2 different color pieces of tulle and tie them onto the elastic as one piece?
  25. Saturday, February 25th, 2012
    Thought you might like to see what your tutorial inspired! Thank you Thank you Thank you!
  26. Ashley
    Thursday, February 9th, 2012
    This is genius! Also gave me the idea to do this with regular fabric in school colors to wear over leggings for school spirit day! Thanks!
  27. Judy
    Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
    Great idea with the headbands! To make it even faster, I buy the tulle on spools sold in craft stores and Walmart. They are exactly 6" wide and you can cut to the length needed. Each spool is usually 25 yards in length.
  28. Vonda
    Saturday, January 21st, 2012
    I would think you could also make these for American Girl dolls as well. Then your child and her doll would match. Thinking of using a hair elastic to make some for Monster High and Barbies. Thanks for this idea.
    • Cindy
      Friday, May 12th, 2017
      Vonda that is a fabulous idea. You could even use tulle ribbon so it is smaller in scale for the dolls.
  29. Marian
    Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
    Another way to do this is to use tulle spools-Hobby Lobby has them on sale frequently. It can save you time!
  30. Sunday, January 15th, 2012
    I see many tutus in my future, if my new daughter is willing to be like her mama. I may not be girlie, but nothing is cuter than a tutu and some leg warmers!
  31. Rebecca wiley
    Saturday, December 17th, 2011
    Have you done this method for doll size? Could u use a hair tie for waist?
  32. Evelyn
    Friday, December 16th, 2011
    I made seven of these last Monday. For the two and under girls, I folded the tulle twice, so it was really short. I was able to make three with ten yards. I love this! Several more to go and I will have some happy girls this Christmas! I am an old maid aunt who likes handmade gifts!
  33. Mythili
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    This is beautiful ! Just wondering how many yards will I need for my 4 month old. Could you help me please?
  34. Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
    Just wanted to share the tutus I've made so far! It's so much fun!! - http://adventurethroughmylens.blogspot.com/2011/11/remember-to-play.html Thank you so much again for posting.
  35. Danielle
    Monday, November 7th, 2011
    This is so easy and perfect! Thank you for helping me solve the "what should I give my 2 year old?" problem.
  36. Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    AWESOME!!! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing.
  37. Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    Brilliant, I'm going to make these for my youngest fairy party! Invites went out today so great timing!
  38. Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
    pure genius!!!!!
  39. Tamera
    Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
    Using a headband is ingenious!
  40. Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
    We just made these for my daughter's brownie troop...they are adorable and easy enough that she made it herself :)
  41. Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
    Wow, great idea using the hairbands, perfect size.