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Handmade Ballerina TuTu

This week I have discovered that the fabric “tulle” feels weird. I am making a ballerina type tutu for my daughter. She is only 18 months, but I am too excited about girl things that I am starting early. She tries all of her brother’s costumes on, so I figured she was ready for her own. Well, she will not put it on. I tried and tried and I have come to realize that it must feel funny to her.


I showed it to her and she was intrigued at first, but as soon as it got to her belly, she was fussing and trying to pull it off immediately. I have decided that everyday we will have a try it on again and see how it goes, and finally she will humor me and put it on, probably saying under her breath “this is why I will go to therapy when I grow up.” Tulle is used for bridal veils, dancers, and many other things, so I am hopeful that one day my daughter will love to be showered in it. I guess I will have to wait.

Maybe you will have better luck with this Tulle TuTu. Here is a picture of it with pink tulle. I have seen this idea before so I can’t claim it as my own.


How to make the Pink Tulle TuTu:

Buy 3 yards of pink tulle from a fabric store and some white sewing elastic ¾ inch wide. You may also want to buy a silk flower for the elastic seam to give it a finishing touch (see my finished product). First I measured around my daughter’s tummy for the elastic, 12 inches, and sewed the two ends together to make a circle. Then with the tulle, I kept it folded in half and cut it into 2 inch wide strips.


Then I cut at the fold mark to make the strips doubled, (does any of this make sense?). There were close to 90 strips when I was done. You can cut the strips into thirds if you want, but it will be a shorter tutu. Then take a strip and place it around the elastic circle and tie a knot pretty tight around it. Then continue for all 90 strips. It gets pretty puffy. Then hopefully you have covered your elastic with all the knotted tulle and no more is showing. You can also buy any color of tulle fabric or even make a pattern with two different kinds of tulle alternating. Instead of using elastic for the waistline, you can tie the strips around a long piece of ribbon and then use the ends to tie it up and make a bow. What girl doesn’t love to be even more of a princess with ribbons?

Now you are done. Simply slip the tutu over her head or let her step through the hole. She will feel pretty and fancy. The cool thing about this kind of a tutu is that it is tear free. Some tulle tutus that are out there tend to tear and will then have a big hole in it. This way, there is no tearing and it is a fun new fluffy skirt. But there is a warning- this tutu may feel weird!


  1. Making tutus for a wedding…they won’t lay straight…they just keep bunching up as soon as it touches some thing…someone said to spray them with spray starch…that didnt seem to work so well…is there a different kind of tuel that doesn’t bunch up???? Want them to look nice and not like a train wreck.

  2. How cute is your tutu? I was reading through the comments and I think I am going to try to make one with a hairband as well… what a great idea. I love the look of your blog- the blue/green color is so pretty. I will be back!

  3. This is the cutest thing, and incredibly easy to make. I’m making some for my nieces and friends daughters for Christmas, and I found the best online store for tulle – http://www.shopceliarachel.com. Huge selection and colors, and all made in the USA.

  4. This is amazing! I’ve seen these made before — in fact, the dance team at my school that I am manager for ordered these for a specialty dance and I thought they were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I had to find an easy tutorial to make one for next week (it’s Homecoming Week and we have an “Neon Day” and I wanted to wear a bright pink and green tutu!) I’m guessing I can make mine for less $$$ though… (:


  5. great now i can make one for my granddaughter who is starting dance class next week.. great

  6. Cheryl – This is a genius idea!! I have a bunch of those bands and will be trying that out! Thanks for the great tip!

  7. I discovered that an elastic-type hair band works oh-so-well. It’s super-stretchy and you can skip the measuring/sewing part.

  8. Loved the “girl power” super capes! Where’s the “boy power” ones? So, I love this blog…great idea. Didn’t I take that pic of your adorable family? Who’s the photographer? I’m the photographer! Uh huh! Uh huh! :0)

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