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How to Make a Tutu

Twirling, skipping, jumping, and frolicking are all more fun with a snazzy tutu. Make yourself, your loved ones, or even a pet one of these frilly tulle skirts.


  • Step 1: Measure the waist Measure the waist of the person receiving the tutu.
  • Step 2: Cut elastic Cut a piece of elastic 2 inches shorter than the person’s waist measurement.
  • Step 3: Sew the elastic into a circle Overlap the raw edges of the elastic and sew them together to form a circle.
  • TIP: You can use a sewing machine to sew the elastic together. Use a zig-zag stitch to allow the elastic to stretch at the seam without breaking the stitches.
  • Step 4: Determine length and cut tulle Determine how long you would like the tutu to be. Cut the tulle into strips that are double the length.
  • TIP: The number of tulle strips you will cut depends on the waist size of the person wearing the tutu. A good rule of thumb is one strip for every ½-inch of the waist measurement.
  • Step 5: Fold the strip in half and loop ends Fold a strip of tulle in half and place the looped end behind the elastic. Then pull the ends in front of the elastic through the loop and pull it tight.
  • Step 6: Repeat process Keep folding and looping until you have completely covered the elastic with tulle strips. Give the tutu to that special someone and enjoy their happy dance.
  • FACT: French Impressionist Edgar Degas completed more than 600 works showcasing ballet dancers.

You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Non-rolling 3/4" elastic
  • Needle and thread
  • 75 yd. of 6" tulle
  • Sewing machine (optional)

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