Forget sewing, forget the elastic…this tutu I made here is by far the easiest way to make a tutu for any one and for any size. My instructions is for an adult tutu but it’s easy to take these instructions and make one any size.
How to Make a Simple * Classy * Cute Tutu:
- Scissors (a good pair)
- Satin Ribbon for waistband – 3/4″ wide ribbon – long enough to tie a pretty bow in back. Satin will pretty, but you can certainly use any type ribbon.
- Tulle on spools or spools of sheer ribbon (shown) (I used 4 spools of sheer ribbon material for mine – 2 different shades of pink). Depending on how long you want your tutu will depend on much tulle you will need. Buy more than you need – you can always return unused spools.
First decide your pattern of colors you would like to use and what color of ribbon for the waistband. I used a white satin ribbon for my tutu because I already had it.
- Measure around your waist or right below the waist (depending on where you want the tutu to lay) with ribbon – be sure to cut it long enough to tie a nice pretty bow in the back.
- After you have decided on how long you want your tutu to be, measure a piece of tulle to that length and double the tulle + 1 inch and cut.
- Find floor or table space and start cutting your tulle pieces. I ended up using about 50 pieces of this sheer ribbon for my tutu (4 spools). I could have used a few more pieces.
- Either get someone to hold the ribbon waistband while you tie the slip knots OR you can tie the waistband around a chair to hold it up while you tie the knots. I did both. You can also lay the ribbon in your lap over a knee and tie the tulle. I’ve done that plenty of times.
- Start tying the tulle around the ribbon waistband until it wraps all the way around you. **See below on how I tied the tulle around the ribbon waistband.
Side notes: Depending on what type material you use for your tutu will determine the fullness of it. The thicker the material the less you will need and the fuller it will be which will make your knots larger…hope that makes sense.
So, when your mom’s arms get tired of holding the tutu, you can tie it around a chair and continue tying the knots.
This picture below is what my knots look like after I tied them. Below that is a very poor (and I’m sorry) video of my 6 yr old filming me while I try to explain how I tied the knots. Since this sheer ribbon is thicker than basic tulle, the knots are going to be larger. Basic tulle on a spool is going to have smaller knots.
Before I end and show my completed tutu, I wanted to say that I’ve made plenty of tutus in my life with my very first one being a short pink tutu for my grand-daughter. I used elastic for the waistband which I measured around her waist and hand-sewed it together. I only used non-flammable Made in USA tulle that I ordered from Nashville Wraps. NOTE: Nashville Wraps only sells quality tulle and it costs double the price of cheaper tulle that’s made in China (that’s available for sale at Joann’s or Micheal’s and probably Hobby Lobby).
I continued to make tutus for my niece and cute little tutus for pets for about 2 years…but never thought to make one for me. This time I made one for me for a photo shoot of me wearing the tutu and a t-shirt with my blog name on it. Who says tutus are just for little girls – HA!! Not me. Those photos to be seen later on this year.
Here’s a video of my completed Tutu. Remember, I’ll show you all my professional photos when I get them done. It will be a while since vacations are in order right now.
Well, there you have it. What do you think? Would you wear this pink tutu?? If so, where would you wear it? What would you wear underneath it?
Okay, so I haven’t had my pictures taken yet by a professional, but I did teach a small class at the Pinner’s Conference in Arlington, TX this past weekend (9/10/16) and I did get a few photos taken there of me and my son.