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How to… Make an Easy No Sew Tutu

| March 16, 2012 | 31 Comments
easy tutu how toThis week’s tutorial is a lovely easy how to make a tutu… Though I am getting better and keener at sewing, I do love all things no sew, as not everyone likes to sew or has a sewing machine. So when Anna from The Imagination Tree shared this no sew tutu with me, I knew we had to “have it”. Honestly. It is EASY. You will be making more and more and then some more for all the girls at nursery or preschool! A trained teacher, Anna has a wonderful playful blog – full of sensory play, play dough (she is The Queen of Play Dough recipes) and of course Arts & Crafts. Oh and UK Parenting bloggers voted her Parent Blog of the Year 2011. Well, that isn’t to be sniffed at? So, if you don’t know Anna or her blog, time to visit  The Imagination Tree! Over to Anna:
I finally made the girls some easy homemade tutus (after the fairy party months ago!) and it was SO straightforward. This requires NO sewing at all and takes only about 30 minutes to complete- that’s my kinda project!

how to make a tu tu

You simply need:
  • elastic
  • tule/ netting in your choice of colour
That’s it!

how to make a tu tu

I originally bought this pink netting on a roll for C’s fairy party to decorate the garden with. The rolls were 25 yards each. I planned to reuse it eventually to make some tutus and the width and length turned out to be just right, which was lucky! I sourced this on eBay and it was very reasonable.

First of all, measure around the wasit using the elastic, making sure it’s quite snug as otherwise the tutu will fall down when dancing! Tie it into a circle.

how to make a tu tu

Then cut the tule into a pile of roughly equal lengths. Mine were about the length of my forearm, but that’s hardly exact! You can be more precise if you wish. I was aiming for quick and easy 😉

how to make a tu tu

Take one piece and fold it in half. Lay it over the top of the elastic. Tuck the two ends behind the elastic and through the little gap in the middle, pulling it snugly to form a simple knot.

how to make a tu tu

Don’t make it too tight as it will be hard to move the strips around later if you need to adjust them.

how to make a tu tu

Continue adding the pieces in this way, tying them as closely together as possible to give it a really full look.

You can be as inventive or simple as you like at this stage. For one of the tutus I used just one shade of pink. For the other I used mainly pale pink but added in a few darker ones too. You could also add ribbons using the same method to attach them.

how to make a tu tu

Continue tying the pieces on until the elastic is completely covered. This will cover the knot too.

how to make a skirt tutu

That’s it!! Find some willing volunteers to test them out and have some fun!

C. calls this her “twirling skirt” and I think that’s a perfect description!

how to make a skirt tu tu

It’s not all perfect in terms of matching lengths, but I secretly admit to quite liking that effect! Not too pristine, but still plenty of frothy-girly-goodness for dressing ups, make believe and dancing!

how to make a skirt tutu


And for looking pretty darn cute with your sister too!

how to make a skirt tutu

So! How is that for an easy “how to make a tu tu”? Do you think you will give it a go? Anna and I would love to see what you make! Do come and share!
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  1. I just love this!! I would love if you would link this up to Fantabulous Friday going on now:)

    Hope to see you there!

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    Ooh thanks for the invite and have linked up!

  3. These are so cute, I love the tutus! I would love for you to share at my linky party going on right now.

  4. Carolina J. says:

    I will definitely give it a go when my 10 months old daughter starts walking! Such beautiful photos too!

  5. Maxine of the Magic Belles says:

    Genius! Must have a go x

  6. Rachel says:

    These are fantastic! I\’m going on to eBay to order some netting right now. Thanks!

  7. Kelly Wiffin says:

    How fantastic! I will have to try and make one of these for my daughter!

  8. Red Ted Art says:


  9. Cynthia says:

    So cute! I love anything that is easy and quick! I will definitely try it. I wonder if I can use this kind of tutu to substitute for a petticoat type of thing. My daughter received a formal dress that needs something underneath to make the dress look fuller. We\’ll see :)

  10. theoriginalthread says:

    What a great idea, thanks for sharing, will definitely give this a go, my daughter will love it!

  11. Ah-haaa…great idea! I\’ll have to remember this one…great for parties :) Thanks! Laurel

  12. Rachel says:

    My netting arrived last week and I made one for my daughter. You can see it here:

    Thanks for this great idea!

  13. Red Ted Art says:

    Oooh how lovely! So pleased you made one :-)

  14. Nita says:

    made several of these for my grand daughter. I used ribbon instead of elastic and it worked quite well. Just a quick tie and she is ready to go.

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Ooooh what a lovely idea to use ribbon! Thank you for co,ing back and sharing it with us! Will try that on the next one too!

  15. Isil says:

    These are so pretty.Now off to source some netting :)

  16. Helen says:

    We love tutus and the ones above are beautiful! My daughter has made one herself (with a little bit of help) and is making a special Children In Need one to auction on my blog

  17. Jamie Fisher says:

    Thank you! I was trying to figure out how to make one to go under a black skirt of mine for a fun Halloween costume and this looks like it will work great and be easy to make! :)

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