No Sew Tutu

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To create these whimsical tutus for your little girl’s dress-up delight, you will need:
•2-3 6″ wide 25-yard spools of Tulle ($1.99 each at JoAnn’s) in your choice of colors
•A length of ribbon long enough to wrap around your little girl’s waist and tie a lovely bow
•A pair of scissors

You need to determine an appropriate length for the tutu, I think 8 inches is a good length for my six year old’s tutu as she wears it over leggings (modesty first). 8 inches is also quite convenient as you’ll see in the next step.

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I have taken a package of 8.5×11″ cardstock and wrapped the tulle around the 8.5″ width of the cardstock several times. You could use any kind of book, firm piece of cardboard, or even a cereal box, as long as it will give you double the length you desire plus an inch. (8″ tutu length requires 8″x 2 plus 1″ = 17″ lengths of tulle)

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Then I carefully cut through all of the layers of tulle on one side of the bundle only, leaving me several 17″-ish lengths of tulle. I usually cut 50 lengths of tulle to get started, then cut additional pieces as I go. That’s just because I have A.D.D. tendencies, and want to get going on the project before I’m done prepping. My tutu ratio is 4 pieces of tulle per inch of waist, in case you’d rather do all your cutting first.

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This is a picture of a pile of tulle. It doesn’t need to be perfect!!

Now that you have some tulle cut to length and ready to go, you can begin to assemble your no-sew tutu. In this tutorial I am tying one piece of tulle to the ribbon at a time, but you could double up.

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Fold your tulle in half, putting the loop under your ribbon.

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Pull the loose ends of the tulle over the ribbon and through the loop, creating a knot.

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Pull on the ribbon and tulle creating a snug knot.

Then repeat this with the remaining pieces of tulle, pushing the knots together, until you have a nice, full tutu.

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Doubling the tulle by knotting two pieces at a time creates a variation you might love. It also makes the work go a little faster as it creates an inch of tutu after only three knots… But you’ll likely end up with a fuller tutu as you will be using 50% more tulle. Try a few knots both ways to help you determine which method you prefer!

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But if you find you’d rather just buy a custom tutu, please check out PiaMiaBoutique my cousin’s shop on Etsy!

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3 thoughts on “No Sew Tutu

    • Thanks for commenting! I had enough tulle to make a second tutu, shorter length though. The tulle is “poofy” (for lack of a more sophisticated term) and closes nicely in the back under the bow.

      Recently I’ve started adding a length or ribbon every fourth piece of tulle, giving a more eclectic and fancy-free look.

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