Making a No-Sew Tutu

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Making a tutu doesn't have to require much sewing. This page is about making a no-sew tutu.


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March 6, 2009

Take 2 feet of ribbon and 6 yards of tulle cut into 3 by 12 inch strips. Fold in half to 6 inches and loop around ribbon. These sell for $30, I made for $5.85.

By Amy from Wheaton, IL

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July 28, 2012

I decided to make a no-sew tutu for our daughter to wear at our wedding. It was so simple to make and it was easy to customize it with the colors I wanted.

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 1


  • 3 yd purple tulle
  • 3 yd turquoise tulle
  • 2 yd lime green glittery tulle
  • 1 pkg. 1/2 in. elastic
  • thread
  • scissors or rotary cutter


  1. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut 2 in. and 4 in. strips of each color.
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  3. Cut the tulle strips in half, or vary the lengths for dimension.
  4. Measure waist size and cut elastic to fit. You may want to make it about 1 in. smaller than waist size. I found that once the tulle was on the elastic had stretched a bit and was too big. Put ends of elastic together and stitch with a sewing machine or by hand. Test fit.
  5. Fold each strip in half and grab at the center, forming a loop.
  6. Loop the tulle over the elastic, with the loop coming down and under the elastic. Feed the loose ends through the loop and pull gently to secure onto the elastic.
  7. Continue attaching tulle strips to the elastic, alternating colors.
  8. Once all of the strips are attached you can either leave the ends as they are, or you can cut them into points for a pixie look. Adjust the strips so that all of the elastic is hidden and the tutu looks full.
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For under $4 you can make your little ballerina a super easy dress-up tutu. Here's how: In the wedding area of your local craft store you can buy 6 inch x 25 yard rolls of tulle in various colors for $2.99 each and a 10 yard spool of 1/4 inch satin ribbon for under 50 cents.

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September 6, 2012

This short video shows you how to make your own no sew tutu. View the full project here: No-Sew Tutu

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