Tulle tutu tutorial

I have posted in the past explaining how to make tutus with some that I have made for my daughter. While planning my son's first birthday I decided I would make her a fun tutu to match her top for the party. Here is a tutorial on how to make this tutu!  

I bought spools of tulle in 6in x 25yd in colors blue, red, yellow and pink. Cut them into 18inch strips. I cut as I went so I did not have extra strips laying around.

I used 1inch elastic that I measured to my daughters waist and sewed together.

I then put the elastic around a glass jug to hold while I added the tulle.

There are many ways to tie the tulle on the elastic but I wanted it to stay securely so I double knotted the tulle and tied it tight.

The pattern that I used was 6 pink, 4 yellow, 4 blue, 4 red and then repeated until done. 

My daughter's waist is 19.5 inches and with that I did not even use a full spool of each of the colors, maybe 1/3 of each so my guess in total you would use 1.5 spools.  

Here is the finished tutu:


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  1. How adorable is this!Every little girl should wear tutus! This is such an easy project!
    Please join us for TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS, my weekly linky party. Your project would be perfect to share! Linky goes live tonight (Wednesday) at 8:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

    1. Thank you very much! My daughter LOVES tutus! I will definitely come by! Thanks for the invite!


  2. Cute, I love it! Smart to wrap the elastic around something while you work. :-)

    Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  3. Love it, too cute! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

    1. Thank you! Would love to join you. Will head over now!

  4. Cute! So that's how they do it (wrapping the elastic around something) Would it be wrong to put lil man in a tutu LOL Thanks for linking up girl!

    1. Haha! Not at all. My husband put our son in one when he was only a few months old and the picture is hilarious that I got because the look on his face with like "what the --?" It was cute.. good for black mail in the teenage years :)

  5. Great idea, thanks for sharing!

    P.S. I’m doing a $50 Shabby Apple giveaway on my blog. You should check it out here: http://meandmr.com/post/35113285949/shabby-apple-50-giveaway

  6. Hi I'm your newest follower from the weekend blog hop, I would love if you could come by and follow back?

  7. The tutu is adorable. I am now going to make some for my neices along with a couple of hair bows. I chose your tutu and bows as Today's Dare to Share Feature of the Day. These would make great handmade gifts for little girls.


    1. This is awesome! Thank you very much for the post and sharing my tutorials!

  8. Thank you for linking up this cute diy tutu to Think Tank Thursday last week!! The party will be live tonight at 9:00pm est. at www.saving4six.com

  9. Very pretty!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. This is the cutest tutu. Thanks so much for sharing at last Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. This weeks party is live. The link to the party is
    Can't wait to see you there.
    Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  11. Hey Nichole! This turned out sooo cute. I made tutus for my daughters too and it is so special!
    Thanks so much for linking up and linking back last week at the Humble Brag! Hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects and see if you were featured. Don't forget, we will be giving away more free ad space! :)

  12. This is so cute! I love the colors. Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent.

  13. This is sooo sweet! I just love all the bright colors you used!
    Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  14. beautiful tutu and such an easy tut to follow! if i may ask, for the photos, how did you get the tulle to lay so flat and not all bunch together? my tulle got all tangled and just looks like a big mess of tulle! any suggestions for calming it?

    how mine turned out:

    1. Thank you :) I used the tulle on the rolls and just cut them laid them out flat and tied them on very neatly as well so I never really had an issue of it bunching together. Sorry yours didn't turn out good. My first one was a disaster because I used the big spools of tulle that you cut by the yard so I had to cut the strips myself and it was a disaster!


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