Here’s my latest video tutorial showing you how to make a tutu with a no sew tutu option included. With this tutorial I give you a size guide for making tutus for 0-5 year olds and a formula for working out the waistband size and tutu length for any one who wants to wear a tutu. So you can quite easily use this tutorial for making a tutu for an adult as well! I hope you find this tutorial useful. I’d love to see your photos of any you make ?.
You can also download the free project PDF from my Craftsy store if you want to have the project handy at all times.
Keep scrolling to find the video tutorial for how to make a tutu as well as photo illustrations for those of you who want to scroll through quickly.
How to Make a Tutu – Step by Step – With a No Sew Tutu Option
- 6” wide Tulle (I get mine from eBay here)
- 1 3/4” wide Crochet headband for the no-sew option (see them on eBay or Amazon)
- or 1 3/4” wide Crochet headband trim (find on Etsy, eBay or Amazon) (I get mine in Aus here)
- Sewing machine thread
- Sewing machine
- Sewing machine needle (Universal 80/12 or 90/14 will be fine)
- Walking foot (optional)
- Printer paper
- General scissors
- Cardboard for tulle measuring template
- 2 bulldog clips or similar
- Tape Measure
- Something to hold the crochet waistband while you are putting on the tulle (I’ll be using a small chair)
Tutu Size Guide
Step 1: Cut the waistband to size. Use the Size guide above to work out the correct length to cut. Skip Steps 1 and 2 if you are using a premade crochet headband.
Step 2: Place ends together and ensure the right sides of the crochet waistband are together. Sew together using a triple stitch. I sew over this again to make it extra secure.
Tip: I use my walking foot and a piece of paper under the crochet headband to stop my sewing machine from trying to eat it!
Step 3: Create a cardboard cutting template for the tulle. This makes measuring and cutting the tulle very simple.
The length needs to be the same as the length of your tutu and it should be 6” wide so you can clip the tulle into place.
Step 4: Clip tulle on and start winding! I wind up to 20 strips at the one time.
Step 5: Finish winding at the end where the clips are. Cut the tulle and remember, you only need to cut the tulle at one end as the tulle needs to be double the length of the tutu. It will make sense soon!
Step 6: Place the crochet waistband over a chair or something similar to hold it while you put the tulle strips on.
Step 7: Take 2 pieces of tulle and fold them in half. This is why the tulle strips need to be double your intended length.
Step 8: Take the top part of the tulle, where it is folded over, and push the folded end through a hole just above one of the squares at the bottom of the crochet waistband. Pull the looped end through by about 2-3”.
Create a small loop and pull the tails of the tulle strips through the loop. Pull the tulle strips to tighten. Don’t over tighten. Repeat steps at the next square along until you have gone around the whole of the waistband.
Once you have attached the tulle all the way around, you are done!
Here’s a finish tutu below ready for a little princess!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I certainly loved making it, that’s for sure!
Happy tutu making,
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