Kids love costumes! This simple no-sew tutu will have the little one in your life dancing around in no time. What’s great about this project is that it takes about an hour from beginning to end and can be fully customized. We used 2 different color pinks for our tutu but black for a witch’s skirt would look great or maybe rainbow colors for a whimsical effect. All you need is your child’s waist measurement and the desired length, and you’re ready to get started!
You will need:
- Tulle – we used 2 rolls: 1 light pink, one dark pink.
- Each roll measured: 15.24 cm wide x 22.86 m long (6” x 24 yards)
- Ribbon – we used Wunderlabel customized satin ribbon in Pearl Pink. Customize this ribbon with your child’s name!
- Scissors or a cutting mat and rotary cutter
- Measuring tape
Determine the finished length of the tutu and and double that measurement. This is how long each cut piece of tulle should be. We wanted the finished length to be 38 cm (15”) so our cut pieces of tulle measured 76 cm (30”).
Measure the waist of the child. Our child’s measurement was 51 cm (20”). Take your waist measurement and add 122 cm (48”) This extra ribbon will be for tying the tutu together with a bow. Measure out 173 cm (68”) and cut the length of ribbon.
Fold the length of ribbon in half and from the fold edge, measure down half of the waist measurement. In our case, about 25 cm (10”). Tie a knot on each length at this 25 cm (10”) point.
The space between these 2 knots is where you will knot the tulle for the tutu. The space between the knots should be the child’s waist dimension (in our case 51 cm (20”)).
Tie the length of ribbon taut around your thigh. You could also use a dense pillow. Take 2 pieces of the tulle together and fold them in half. Slip the folded side up under the ribbon.
Bring the bottom cut edge of the tulle up through the loop which has been created by the fold.
Pull the tulle tight to form a knot. This knot can be easily slid down the ribbon to make room for the next knot.
Continue to add the tulle until all of the tulle pieces are used. You can slide the tulle knots around so that they are evenly spaced.
Tie the tutu around the waist of the child with a bow. Your tutu is complete!