How to Make a Puffy Tulle Dress

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How to Make a Puffy Tulle Dress
Puffy tulle dresses are simple to make once you have the right supplies. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Tulle was invented in the early 1700s in the city of Tulle, France. The silky-soft, netlike material, usually made from nylon, is used for making veils and dresses and became increasingly popular in the 1800s. Ballerina Marie Taglioni wore tulle tutus during performances and Queen Victoria wore tulle wedding attire in 1840. In the early 2000s, parents began photographing their newborn baby girls in tulle tutus. Older girls can enjoy the fabric as well, inside and out the dance studio. Puffy tulle dresses are a simple but cute addition to any wardrobe.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 spools of 6-inch-wide, 100-yard-long white tulle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • 1 package of 1/4-inch-wide elastic
  • 1 spool of 1.5-inch-wide white satin ribbon
  • Lighter or matches
  • Needle
  • White thread

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  1. 1

    Measure the child around her chest, under her arms.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of 1/4-inch elastic to that measurement. Burn the ends of the elastic with a flame to keep it from fraying, taking care not to catch the elastic on fire.

  3. 3

    Sew the two ends of the elastic together, overlapping the edges 1/4 inch. Make small stitches and sew the elastic until it is securely fastened. Set this aside.

  4. 4

    Measure the child from her chest to where you would like the edges of the puffy tulle dress to fall.

  5. 5

    Cut 100 strips of tulle double the length you just measured.

  6. 6

    Tie the tulle strips around the sewn elastic band, keeping the ends even and getting as many strips around the elastic band as possible.

  7. 7

    Cut 2 yards of white satin ribbon, and tie one of the strips onto the elastic band in one spot, similar to how you tied the tulle strips.

  8. 8

    Slip the dress on the child from her feet, sliding it up her body to her underarms. The satin ribbon you tied onto the elastic should be in the front, under the child's chin. Tie the satin ribbon on the elastic band around her neck, in a halter top fashion. Tie the second white satin ribbon around her waist, finishing with a bow in the back. If needed, trim the bottom of your puffy tulle dress so that it is even.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want your dress to be longer than 35 inches long, you may need to buy additional tulle.

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