How to Make a Tulle Ballet Skirt

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How to Make a Tulle Ballet Skirt
A shorter ballet skirt allows for a better view of the dancer's legs. (three ballet on point image by Paul Moore from

Tulle ballet skirts are used by traditional ballerinas during both practice and performance. They can vary in length and fullness, depending on the desired look. By keeping some basic guidelines in mind, you can create a variety of different types of tulle ballet skirts.

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Things you need

  • Ribbon
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Tulle (at least 1 yard, up to 4 yards)

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  1. 1

    Measure the waist of the person who will be wearing the skirt. Multiply this number by three, and measure out a piece of ribbon equal to the measurement. Cut the length of ribbon, and spread the ribbon out on a flat, stable surface. Tie two sturdy knots in the ribbon, dividing the ribbon into three equal portions---for example, if the waist of the person measured is 20 inches, your ribbon will be 60 inches long, with knots tied at the 20- and 40-inch marks.

  2. 2

    Unfold a yard of tulle, and carefully lay it on a flat, stable surface. Position the tulle so you are facing the narrow end of the fabric. Carefully roll up the yard of tulle, making a tube. Make sure the tulle remains flat, with no wrinkles.

  3. 3

    Cut the ends of the rolled tulle so they are even and straight. Use sharp scissors to cut the rolled piece of tulle at 3-inch increments, until the entire yard has been cut into 3-inch pieces.

  4. 4

    Unroll each of the cut pieces, and cut them in half. Fold one of the pieces of cut tulle around the cut end of the ribbon, making sure the tulle falls in equal halves on both sides of the piece of ribbon. Carefully tie a knot in the tulle around the ribbon, securing the tulle in place. Continue tying pieces of tulle around the ribbon until all of the pieces of tulle are used, working from end to end.

  5. 5

    Unroll the 3-inch pieces of tulle and cut them into equal halves. Note that if you wanted the tulle ballet skirt to be longer then don't cut the pieces into halves, just leave them as they are for a longer look. Repeat the process until the skirt is as full as desired. For optimal results, put four layers of tulle onto the skirt.

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