• 1 long piece of ribbon
  • tulle (at least a total of 5 yards in your choice of colors)
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

Growing up, I was a bit of a tomboy.  I vividly remember my mom taking me into Gap Kids probably in 6th grade and I would only look at the clothes on the boys’ side of the store!  (Kudos to my mom for allowing me to be “me” during my tomboy phase!)  Thankfully, I grew out of that before high school, but I still never really liked or wore the color pink… until I became a mom to two girls!  And look at me now, making tutus!  Pink tutus!  These are really easy to make!  I get asked to make them often, especially for our local school district in our maroon and gray!  I thought I would share this DIY with all of you since Halloween is upon us and tutus look super cute paired with a set of butterfly/bumblebee/ladybug/fairy wings!  I also saw on pinterest that someone put their daughter in a spiderman costume and added a blue and red tutu… adorable!  My girls also wore their tutus for Christmas pictures last year.  And little girls love to wear them just because, too!  My sister even wore them in high school for spirit day!  *Read all the way through before you begin to get all my hints and tips!

First, a few of my creations and then the tutorial!

Directions:

Here are the supplies you’ll need.  I highly recommend buying the six-inch wide tulle on the spool as opposed to on the bolt.   It is easier to cut your strips this way!

Decide how long you want your pieces of tulle to be.  Think about how far you want your tutu to stick out and double that.  For my little girls I do about 15-16 inches, but you’ll want to go a few inches longer for larger sizes.

After you’ve cut all your strips and placed them into piles, you’ll need to cut a piece of ribbon that is at least as long as the waist of the person who is going to wear it, plus four more feet for tying a bow to secure around the waist.  Tie a knot towards one end of your ribbon, leaving two feet to work with on the end.

Decide the pattern you’d like your colors to be in… or don’t use a pattern at all!  Pick up two pieces of tulle, lay them on top of each other, and tie it in a knot on the ribbon.

For an even more fluffy tutu, layer 3 or 4 pieces on top of each other, but you will need more tulle.  To get an idea of the look you are going for, I used 4 pieces of tulle per knot in the multi-colored tutu and the maroon and gray tutu.  The pink tutu is two pieces of tulle per knot.   Anyhow, tie your knot like this:

Repeat many times and slide the knotted tulle down towards the end of the ribbon with the knot

Continue on this way until you have made enough knots to cover the ribbon as long around as the waist of the person you are making the tutu for!  Mine took 24 knots for my 4-year-old.

Tips:

  • I highly recommend making your strips no less than 4 inches wide, but closer to 5 or 6 inches wide.  (6 inches is the width of the tulle on the spools… easy!)  It makes the tutu stick out more and more fluffy instead of stringy.
  • To keep your ribbon from fraying, lightly singe the cut edges with a lighter to melt and seal it.
  • Add strips of ribbon tied in knots for some extra pizzazz
  • For a quick way to cut your tulle, cut a piece of cardboard to HALF the length of the strips that you would like.  Wrap the spool of tulle around the cardboard and then cut it off on one edge and you will have all of your strips!
  • There are lots of posts on youtube that you can refer to.
  • If your tutu gets wrinkled/bunched up, throw it in the dryer for a few minutes with a lightly dampened towel.  Then, tie the tutu around your waist and run your fingers between each tulle segment.