How to make a Tutu skirt
You can make a tutu skirt for a budding ballerina, a child’s fairy Halloween costume or just to show off your own unique fashion sense. Tutus are easy to make and require so little sewing experience that it is a perfect project for a beginner. You can customize the fullness of the skirt with the amount of tulle you use and then embellish the skirt with a decorative bow at the back, miniature silk flowers on the waistband or glittering gemstones attached to the tulle.
Things You'll Need
- Cloth tape measure
- 1/2-inch wide elastic
- Sewing needle
- 4-inch wide tulle ribbon, 2 yards for a child or up to 8 yards for an adult
Measure the circumference of the natural waistline, right around the belly button. Cut a piece of 1/2-inch wide elastic to this length minus 2 inches for the waistband of the tutu skirt.
Bring the two ends of the elastic together and overlap by about 1/4 inch. Sew a straight stitch through the overlapping sections of elastic and then backstitch over the same stitch line to strengthen the seam.
Cut the lengths of tulle for the skirt. Measure the distance from your waistline to the length you would like the tutu. Multiply the length by two and add 1 inch. Cut the 4-inch wide tulle ribbon into strips of this length.
Fold one strip in half and tie it in a hitch knot around the elastic waistband.
Fold another tulle strip in half and knot it around the elastic, next to the first tulle knot. Continue knotting the tulle strips all the way around the waistband. For a full tutu skirt, squeeze the tulle knots tightly together to fit as many strips onto the waistband as possible.
- You can add a decorative embellishment to the waistband of the tutu skirt. Pin a large silk flower or satin ribbon bow over top of the tulle knots and sew the embellishment to the skirt.
- For a costume tutu, add some sparkle to the skirt with glue-on imitation gemstones at random places along the length of the tulle.
- Don't add heavy embellishments to the tulle or it will droop against the legs instead of having a floating effect.