Tutu Tutorial

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You won’t believe how easy it is to make this adorable tutu! This is a great no-sew project to do with your kids and it works just as well for making a teddy bear tutu as it does for making an adult or child’s tutu!

tutu-1Here’s what you’ll need:

❤ ribbon
❤ tulle – use as few or as many colors as you like
❤ scissors
❤ ruler and/or measuring tape

Here’s how to make it:


  1. Measure the waist of the person (or toy) that will be wearing the tutu and add 3 feet. Cut your ribbon to this length. Tie it around the wearer just to make sure you have enough ribbon to form a pretty bow with long enough tails.


  2. Decide how long you want the tutu to be. Double this measurement then add an inch. Cut several pieces of tulle to this length. The exact number of pieces you will need depends on the waist size and how tightly you place them together as you assemble the tutu, so start with a few, then if you need more, you can cut more pieces later.


  3. Take a piece of tulle and pinch it in the middle so it’s not so wide, then fold it in half.


  4. Place the folded piece of tulle over the ribbon, starting at the center of the ribbon. Fold the looped part of the tulle behind the ribbon, then pull the loose ends of tulle through the loop, then pull the ends to tighten the loop.


  5. Repeat with the remaining pieces of tulle, continuing to work from the center out. If you are using multiple colors of tulle, make sure to arrange the tulle in a consistent pattern down the length of the ribbon.


  6. You can place the tule close together or as far apart as you prefer, just make sure to keep the spacing consistent. The more tightly spaced you place the pieces, the more tulle you will need and the fuller the tutu will be.

  8. Continue adding tulle until you have enough pieces on the ribbon to go around the entire waist. (You may have to try the tutu on the wearer a few times throughout assembly to test out if there’s enough tulle yet).


  9. Cut the ends of the ribbon at an angle to prevent fraying and look pretty.

  11. [Optional] Carefully use a candle to singe the cut ends of ribbon to further prevent fraying.



8 Responses

  1. That is too cute. What little girl wouldn’t love that?

  2. Michele
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    That does seem rather simple-other then the knots–klutz here!! Perfect for your little ballerina or her favorite doll!

  3. ishouldbemoppingthefloor
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    This is TOO cute! What a fun craft idea for a little girls party!

  4. omg, so cute!

  5. crystal
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    My daughter makes dress-up clothes for her stuffed animals and baby dolls with her grandmother. Health concerns have kept them from sewing together recently. I’d love to pick up the slack, but can’t sew! This, however, is within my skill level. I know my daughter will adore making the tutu.

  6. Michelle F.
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    That tutu is adorable! I love making tutus for my daughter too.

  7. Stacey- Travel Blogger
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    That is just plain adorable! Even the bear is just too cute!

  8. Caitlin
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    This is a fun little craft to do with little ones and their bears:)

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