How to make a tutu skirt

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How to make a tutu skirt
Make a tulle tutu skirt for your child to play pretend with her friends. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

You can make a tutu skirt for a budding ballerina, a child's fairy Halloween costume or just to show off your own unique fashion personality. Tutus are easy to make and require so little sewing experience that it is a perfect project for a beginner. You can customise the fullness of the skirt with the amount of tulle you use and then embellish the skirt with a decorative bow at the back of the skirt, a miniature silk flower waistband or glittering gemstones throughout.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Soft tape measure
  • 1/2-inch wide elastic
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • 4-inch wide tulle ribbon, 2 yards for a child or up to 8 yards for an adult

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  1. 1

    Measure the circumference of the natural waistline, right around the belly button. Cut a piece of 1/2-inch wide elastic to this length minus 2 inches for the waistband of the tutu skirt.

  2. 2

    Bring the two ends of the elastic together and overlap by about 1/4 inch. Sew a straight stitch through the overlapping sections of elastic and then backstitch over the same stitch line to strengthen the seam.

  3. 3

    Cut the lengths of tulle for the skirt. Measure the distance from your waistline to the length you would like the tutu. Multiply the length by two and add 1 inch. Cut the 4-inch wide tulle ribbon into strips of this length.

  4. 4

    Fold one strip in half and tie it in a knot around the elastic waistband.

  5. 5

    Fold another tulle strip in half and knot it around the elastic, next to the first tulle knot. Continue knotting the tulle strips all the way around the waistband. For a full tutu skirt, squeeze the tulle knots tightly together to fit as many strips onto the waistband as possible.

Tips and warnings

  • You can add a decorative embellishment to the waistband of the tutu skirt. Pin a large silk flower or satin ribbon bow over top of the tulle knots and sew the embellishment to the skirt.
  • For a costume tutu, add some sparkle to the skirt with glue-on imitation gemstones at random places along the length of the tulle.

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