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How To Make A Tutu
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You're going to need 2-8 yards of tulle, found in your local fabric store. Tulle seems to range in price from very cheap (I got mine for less than $1 a yard) to not really at all expensive for fabric (I saw some tulle for like $6 a yard - it was rather fancy looking). Two yards will suffice for a children's tutu. I doubt most of you are wanting to make one for a kid though. I used six yards for mine - my tutu is ridiculously poofy and has about a six inch gap with no material. One day, I'll fix that, but for now I just twist it to the side. Depending on how you cut your stripes and tie them on, you may need more or less fabric.



  • Step 1

    First, you're going to need to cut the tulle into strips. My tulle just happened to be twice as wide as I wanted my tutu's length to be, so I decided it would be easiest to loop the tulle around the ribbon. I cut my stripes about 4 inches wide - the width of these stripes is going to determine the poofiness, so use my tutu to judge.

  • Step 2

    After you have your strips cut, you're going to want to fasten them to a ribbon or elastic. If you use ribbon, make sure it matches the tulle - or at least compliments it. I forgot to buy ribbon from the fabric store and all I had laying around with some olive green piece. There are several methods for fastening the strips to the ribbon - you can sew them, tie them, or probably even use fabric glue. I opted to tie them on. Because my strips were twice the length I wanted, I just doubled them over and looped them around the ribbon.

  • How to make a tutu. How To Make A Tutu - Step 3
    Step 3

    Because I am such a horrible explainer of what I mean by 'looping around the ribbon', I drew a picture. Unfortunately, I am also a horrible drawer. I opted to crop out the final result, which is what you achieve by pulling the ends tight, but I don't think it's a crucial element. Just know that in the drawing below, you are actually looking at what will become the inside of the tutu's waist. You want the clean part of the loop on the outside, as in the photo above.

    You may want to play around with other methods of fastening the strips to the ribbon.

  • Step 4

    If you have any questions, I will try my hardest to answer them.


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Phoenix M.
Phoenix M. · 1 project

I made one for myself. It turned out AMAZING!!! Happy Thanks so much for the tutorial!!

zizzi · Florence, Tuscany, IT · 4 projects

Thanks, I made this for my daughter Happy

Maya · Agawam, Massachusetts, US · 1 project

This is so pretty! Thank you for sharing. Happy

Amie D.
Amie D. · Oxford, England, GB · 42 projects

I would say its more like a thin dress netting than tulle btu dress netting would work too Happy

Beckinstein · 4 projects

Great tutorial! I was wondering about which way the width of the tulle affects the poofiness. I'm looking for a less poofy,longer tutu, does that mean thinner strips of tulle?

Panda-Goes-Rawr · 5 projects

I am making this today Tongue

sherlynlavenia · Tangerang, Banten, ID · 5 projects

do we have to wear inner (like shorts) under the skirt? tulle is a bit sheer-y

Phoenix M.
Phoenix M. · 1 project

The thicker your strips of tulle are, the less transparent they'll be. Happy

melysa* · 6 projects

cool!! will it work if i do it with fabric?
i'm gonna try ;)

KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 369 projects

Looks great!

Zelma T.
Zelma T. · Roma, Queensland, AU · 4 projects

I love this Happy I saw this on Flickr and I made one for my school sports day.
Got lots of comments Happy

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