Everyone loves tutus. I am no exception! They are a great handmade gift idea too. Most people think they can’t make them because they are too hard. How do you make a fluffy tutu? It’s really easy! This How to FLUFFY No-Sew Tutu tutorial will show you all the steps needed for a DIY tutu skirt!
You can do it!
Read all the way through the directions first. It is so much easier to have a tutu planned out in your mind when starting. It will also help you organize your materials for the DIY tutu skirt, which helps save time.
If you are not sure what supplies you will need to get started check out my 5 Things You’ll Need Right Now for a FLUFFY No-Sew Tutu list, which I will link below.
- Pick Your Tulle – First of all, this is about a FLUFFY tutu, so I suggest using polyester tulle. You can use nylon tulle also; be sure to apply the tips in Step 10 if you choose it. Polyester or nylon tulle can be purchased online (and it’s only $2.56 for 25 yards!)or in craft stores. Six inches by 10 yards or more is standard.
- Waist & Length Measurements – Measure the subjects waist. Then from the place where you measured her waist, measure down to where you want the tulle to fall. For my seven year old that would look like about 12-13″ of tulle; that is not what you would cut. We’ll talk about that in Step 5.
- Select Your Waist Material – There are crochet headbands available online (or in craft stores) for children and adults. If you cannot find a crochet headband in your size, you can buy the material on the spool. Then hot glue, hand sew or use sewing machine (slowly) to join the ends. This is the easiest and fastest way to make a FLUFFY No-Sew Tutu. Alternatively, you can use a ribbon; this will not be as fluffy. If you cannot find one that fits your product needs there is also crochet material on a spool. If you are ready to start today you will need these items and a password to my free Resource Library which is linked below. These items can all be purchased in craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Here is an example of what to look for on the spool.
- Plan Your Cuts – If you are using a crochet headband count the vertical (up-and-down) holes on your material. Start counting from the seam to avoid miscounting. For young children it is usually around three. Next, count the horizontal holes (around).
- Start Cutting– As I mentioned in Step 2, determine the length. If you go with 12 inches as your length, double that. For example, a 12″ piece of tulle would then be 24″ not 12″. Step 8 will help you understand why. Now cut enough to go up vertically and around the waist horizontally. Lots and lots of cutting. Note: A 6-9 year olds tutu requires 140 pieces of tulle for a four hole crochet headband. If you want to Cut Tulle Faster and Easier for a No-Sew Tutu check out this post!
- Place Your Crochet Headband on a Holder – This can be your own waist if the tutu is for you or someone of similar size. You can use a dress form, your thighs or a paper towel holder for smaller sizes.
- Organize Your Tulle & Separate Multiple Colors – Get situated because this is the assembly phase of the tutu. If you are using multiple colors, count and organize your tulle. For example, if you are using a headband for a two year old with three colors: it will be three holes vertically, with nine sets around. I have a detailed post about How to Make a Multiple Colored No-Sew Tutu with the formulas you’ll need to determine your cuts. Here’s an example of a
horizontal multicolor tutu I made for my cousin’s daughter at Halloween and another My Little Pony vertical multicolored tutu I made for my daughter.
- Assemble Tutu – Take your strip of tulle and bend it in half. From the folded end insert the tulle into the first bottom hole next to the seam of your crochet material. After inserting it through the hole, bring it down until a loop is visible. Take the loose ends and feed them through the loop. Pull the ends completely through; not too tight! Complete this step all the way around and then up to the next row (and so on until it is finished).
- Fluff – Here you want to separate and separate the tulle until it fluffs up. This would look like pulling the top rows out and up. The middle row out and the bottom row out and down until its full and separated.
- Preventative Maintenance – Finally, get it ready to wear. Tutus will bunch up and tangle due to their fabric. One way to fight the tangle is to use polyester tulle instead of nylon and fabric softener. Take two tablespoons of fabric softener and one cup of water in a spray bottle and spritz the tutu. You can steam up the bathroom and leave the tutu hanging in the room for 10-15 minutes also.
Tutus make me smile. I don’t know why. My daughter can’t help but smile when she puts one on too. As a result, they’re my favorite gifts and special surprises. The happiness it brings to others when you give them as a gift keep me hooked! Just follow this 10 Step FLUFFY No-Sew Tutu tutorial and you”ll be smiling in no time! I hope how to make a fluffy tutu is exactly as easy as I said and you end up with your own DIY tutu skirt that you love.
Check out our Pixie Tutu Dress Tutorial for some project ideas!
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