How to Make a No-Sew Tutu Skirt

Festive and fun, tutus are the perfect party wear for kids, teens and adults. A tutu is probably one of the easiest garments to make. You don't even need a needle or thread to show off your style and originality with a skirt of many colors.

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Photo by: Harlem Logan

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Project Overview

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  • Time to Complete: About half a day

Tools & Materials

  • Scissors
  • 75 yards of tulle fabric on a 6-inch spool
  • 2 yards of 3/4" ribbon
  • tape
  • rubber bands
  • 2 pieces of cardboard each at 25” x 12” (Half of the longest side of the cardboard will be the length of the skirt; for example, our cardboard is 25 inches so our skirt length is 12-1/2 inches.)

How to Make a No-Sew Tutu 03:40

Ariel demonstrates how to make the easiest-ever no-sew tutu.

Cut Tulle Into Strips



Tape the end of the tulle spool to one of the short ends of the cardboard. Transfer the fabric off the spool and wrap it around the cardboard. When you're done wrapping, place a rubber band over each end of the cardboard to hold the tulle down on the cardboard. Cut through the tulle at each end of the cardboard so you’ll have uniform-sized strips. Keep doing this this until you have about 80 strips.

Tie On Tulle Strips



Lay the ribbon out on a worktable and tape each end of it down. Tie the tulle onto the ribbon in slipknots. To do so, fold the tulle strip in half. Put the folded end under the ribbon and stick the other ends up and through it to make a slipknot. Repeat the process until the ribbon is full enough to reach around your waist. Make sure to pull the knots tight so that the waist doesn’t get lumpy. You can alternate colors, or do all one color at first and then go back to add a second color in between.

Add Color and Thickness



Smush the tulle together and keep adding more strips until you get the desired fullness. If you want a really full tutu, use 3 or 4 strips at a time and tie them all in the same knot. Go through with the scissors and shape it a bit by cutting off a little from the top layer to tier it a bit. You could also tie some longer strips in the back to give it the "high-low" look.

Make One for Every Occasion



Mix and match and wear your tutu with style. To see more projects by Ariel, check out Custom Catastrophes.

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