How to Make Tutu Overalls

By Camela Bryan

Things Needed

  • Measuring tape
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Tulle
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
Not everyone wants a tutu on her overall, but your daughter might be delighted.

Overalls with a tutu around the hips are adorable on a baby or toddler girl. They are warm and sturdy, yet very feminine. They can also be just to thing for an older girl who wants to be fancy all the time. A red or white tulle tutu looks great on denim overalls, while a pink or lavender tutu makes a flirty addition to white overalls.

Measure around the hips of the overalls. Mark the line made by the tape measure with tailor's chalk.

Cut six 12-inch-wide strips of tulle four times as long as the hip measurement.

Stack two strips of tulle and sew down the middle of the strip parallel to the long edges. Use 1/4-inch stitches.

Pull the thread to gather the tulle to match the hip measurement.

Fold the gathered strip in half along the gathering line and sew the folded edge to the overalls along the line you marked earlier. Start and end on the right-side seam.

Gather two more strips and sew them on 1/2-inch below the first strip. This strip should begin and end on the left side seam. This keeps the gaps in the tutu from being noticeable.

Gather the final two strips of tulle and sew them 1/2-inch above the first strip. This strip should start and end at the center back.


You can sew the tulle on by machine by sewing down the center of the gathered tulle strips, but it is sometimes difficult to sew on overalls because of the many layers of fabric. You can also gather the tulle by machine by sewing a basting stitch and pulling the bobbin thread to gather the fabric.


You may need to adjust the placement of the tutu to allow the side openings to open. However, if the overalls are loose enough to pull on without opening the sides, you may sew them closed.

About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.