I made my first no-sew tutu for my baby girl Julianna before she was even born!
I’m not great with a sewing machine and I love the look of a DIY no-sew tutu, so when I found out how to make a tutu skirt without sewing, I made a few more. They’re great for special occasions, a Halloween costume, and special events like family photoshoots.
You can also do this to make a tutu table skirt for events like bridal showers, to put on a dessert table at little princess-themed birthday parties, around a cake table, or even to create fairy wings or a rainbow veil headband. The great ideas are endless… and this DIY tutu isn’t just for little girls. You can make them for girls of all ages and even create an adult tutu with an elastic waistband the same way.
I tried this before with strips of fabric for a pirate Halloween look and it got very heavy, so stick with different colors of tulle or black tulle – whatever look you’re going for with your tulle strips.
One last note before we start – do not put this simple skirt in the washing machine!
Rainbow Tutu Skirt DIY [VIDEO]
Julianna had a pink and yellow one for her first birthday, a scarlet and gray one to cheer on the Ohio State Buckeyes, and now, she has a rainbow tutu.
This one was for a fun family shoot!
All of the other tutus I made were with ribbon. I would tie the tutu skirt on and untie it to take it off.
Because Julianna is four now, she’s able to dress, so I made this no-sew tutu with layers of tulle and elastic she can easily pull on and off. Both are great because both grow with your little girl, so the tutu skirts can be worn for a while.
How to Make a Rainbow Tutu Skirt
Learning how to make a no-sew tutu is easier to watch than reading, so I’ve included this video tutorial in addition to some written instructions. It’s a super easy tutorial.
1. First, you shouldn’t need more than two yards of tulle to complete a tutu skirt for a little girl’s waist size.
2. Whether you’re using a ribbon or elastic, the waist measurement process is the same. The easiest way is to just wrap it around your little girl’s waist and mark where you should start and finish.
3. Once you have the tulle, lay it out long ways on a flat surface. I fold it up, keeping it long ways, to make it easier to cut strips of tulle.
4. Cut at least 4-inch pieces of tulle. The smaller the tulle piece, the shorter the tutu.
5. Cutting Tip: Fold the tulle in half, cut. Repeat until you have your desired length of tulle for the tutu skirt.
6. When all of your pieces are cut, tie them around the elastic or ribbon. If you’re using an elastic, you can pull the tulle through the holes. The more holes you fill, the fuller the tutu will be.
7. Be sure to stop and make sure you’re not tying too much tulle to the ribbon or elastic by trying it on your little girl as you go.
8. You can either tie the ribbon or elastic in a bow when putting it on your little girl, or you could sew the elastic together when you finish.
Good luck making your rainbow tutu skirt… or whatever tulle you decide to buy for your no-sew tutu!
How’s your no-sew tutu look? Find me on Instagram at @ChristinaAllDay and let me know.
If you want to tackle an even bigger DIY project, check out this post.