How to Make a No Sew Tutu Skirt

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Things You'll Need

  • Fabric measuring tape
  • 1/2-inch elastic
  • Scissors
  • Chair
  • 6 yards tulle, any color
  • 6 yards tulle, complementary color

A tutu is a short skirt that is traditionally worn by ballet dancers over a leotard. The skirt consists of multiple layers of tulle or netting. The material sticks out horizontally away from the waist. You can make a tutu for your child or yourself without having to sew a single stitch. Wear your no-sew tutu just for fun, as part of a Halloween costume, for a dance class or at a themed birthday party.

Measure around the waist of the individual who is to wear the tutu with a fabric measuring tape. Add 2 inches to the measurement.

Cut a piece of 1/2-inch elastic equal in length to your calculated measurement using a sharp pair of scissors. Tie the ends of the elastic together in an overhand knot. Slip the circle of elastic over the back of a chair, making sure it is not twisted.

Lay 6 yards of tulle in your color choice out flat on a clean work surface. Cut the tulle into strips, 6 inches wide by 36 to 40 inches long. Repeat this process with 6 yards of a second color of tulle if you wish to make a multiple color skirt. Double the yardage of the first color of tulle if you wish the tutu to be a single color.

Layer two to three tulle strips of the first color on top of each other and match up their edges. Fold the strips in half lengthwise. Slip the "U" shaped folded portion of the strips behind the elastic so it is protruding out the bottom side with the straight ends sticking up above the elastic. Pull the loose ends of the tulle strips down through the loop made by "U" shaped fold. Pull the ends completely through and tug on them gently to tighten the tie.

Continue to tie the strips of tulle to your elastic waist band by repeating Step 4. Alternate the colors of tulle if you are making a multicolored tutu. Slide the knotted tulle strips together along the elastic band so they are hanging side by side. Tie the tulle strips over the knot in the elastic to hide it. Stop adding tulle once the elastic waistband is completely covered.


  • Tie lengths of ribbon to the elastic waistband between the strips of tulle to add streamers to your tutu. Tie a ribbon in a bow and hot glue it over the knotted portion of the waistband to further conceal the knot.


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