How to Make a Tulle Tutu
Making a tulle tutu is a fun and simple project you can do for any occasion. Tulle tutus are great for Halloween costumes, birthday parties, or for your little girl to just wear around the house. I made this tulle tutu for my coworker’s baby girl and gave it as part of my gift at her Baby Shower. It came out way better than I expected and everyone at the shower thought the tulle tutu was simply adorable!
Materials to Make a Tulle Tutu:
- 6” Tulle (Sparkling tulle or Glitter tulle works best) – I chose 4 different colors (hot pink, light pink, pale yellow, and bright blue).
- Elastic (I used satin elastic cord from Paper Mart)
How to Make a Tutu:
- Measure the waist of your child with the elastic and cut it 1” larger. So for example, if my child’s waist is 16 inches, I would cut it at 17 inches. Since I was making a tulle tutu for a baby who wasn’t born yet, I estimated and cut 11” of elastic.
- Sew the ends of the elastic together. Since I used the satin elastic cord, I was able to tie the ends of the elastic together instead of sewing them.
- Find an item to hold your elastic while you tie on the tulle. I used a 1.5L water bottle that was sitting nearby.
- Now it’s time to cut the tulle. Decide how long you want the tulle tutu to be. For a newborn, I cut tulle pieces that were 20” in length. This gave the tutu a length of 9 inches. If you want a different length, use the following formula. Decide the length that you want (ex. 10 inches), multiply by that by two (ex. 20 inches) and then add 2 more inches (ex. 22 inches). So if you wanted a 10 inch long tutu, you would need to cut pieces of tulle that are 22 inches in length.
- Once you have your tulle pieces cut, the next step is to tie them onto the elastic. Take one piece of tulle, put it around the elastic so that it’s at a half-way point, and tie a knot.
- Choose a different colored piece of tulle and tie it onto the elastic. Keep repeating the process with alternating colors.
- Move the knots close enough to each other so that the tulle tutu looks fluffier.
- Keep tying knots until you have a full skirt.
- Use a ribbon to cover up the spot where you originally sewed the elastic (in my case where I tied the knot).