We’ve got a simple no-sew tutu tutorial just for you. With clean lines and no fuss, it’s perfect for kids of all ages. It’s easy to make, inexpensive and most importantly super cute! We know what you’re thinking, there are hundreds of these DIYs floating around on various sites, but our hope is to share one so simple that even a first-time DIYer can excel.
I highly recommend ordering your tulle online (even with shipping it’s cheaper). My go-to is tulleshop.com, but you can also find it on Amazon. The 6″ x 25 yards size is the perfect width for these tutus. You’ll also need 1.5″ – 2″ wide satin ribbon, a pair of sharp scissors and a measuring tape.
Let’s get started. Measure baby/child/or very spunky adult. To that measurement, add at least an extra 12″ of ribbon (for knots and to tie closed). For example, if your little one measures 17″ around add at least 12″ to make a total length of 29″. If you want to be able to tie a bow in the back, you should add more than 12″. You can always trim the tails after to get the perfect length.
Cut your tulle. We needed 39 sections, and we used two layers of tulle for each section for a nice clean knot at the top. For 39 sections, you’ll need 78 tulle strips that are 24″ long. You’ll layer two strips of tulle together for a total of 39 sections. You may need more or less sections depending on your initial measurement.
Knot your satin ribbon 6″ in from the end, ensuring you leave enough of a tail to be able to tie closed when you are done. (If you added more than 12″ to your original measurement for a bow, just divide that number in half to see where you should place your knot.) Start knotting your tulle onto the ribbon by taking one of your two-layered tulle sections, folding it in half to make a loop and then pulling the ends of the tulle through the loop around the satin ribbon. Think how you would put a string through a tag.
Pull tight—the tighter the better. Slide the looped tulle to your ribbon knot and repeat.
You can really add as many sections of tulle as you want for a nice full tutu. The more the merrier!
Tie another knot in the ribbon when you have completed adding all your sections of tulle. Again, make sure to leave at least a 6″ ribbon tail after your knot to leave room to tie.
You can use one color of tulle or mix multiple colors (I used three). Really, the basics are so simple you can customize the tutu any way you want. Enjoy!
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