How to Make Tutus for Women


Ballet tutus are worn today for occasions such as costume parties, Halloween, and playing dress-up with children. Tutus are generally made of tulle, with a waistband made of elastic or ribbon, and can be made in a solid color or in a combination of colors. Embellishments such as crystals or flowers can be hot glued onto the tutus to make them even more special.

Things You'll Need

  • Dressmaker's elastic or ribbon, at least 1 in. wide
  • Needle and thread
  • Wooden chair
  • 10 yd. tulle
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • Crystals or embellishments
  • Wrap the elastic or ribbon around your waist to determine how long it needs to be. Add two extra inches to your waist measurement for the elastic, so that you can overlap the ends and stitch them together. For the ribbon, allow enough extra length so you can tie the ends in a bow.

  • Stitch the ends of the elastic waistband together.

  • Slide the elastic waistband, or tie the ribbon waistband, around the back of a wooden chair to support the band and allow you to assemble your tutu easily.

  • Lay the tulle out flat and roll it up lengthwise.

  • Measure 6-in. sections along the length of rolled tulle. Cut the sections with a pair of fabric scissors. Each of the sections will form a long strip.

  • Fold one, two, or three strips of tulle in half and bend the fold over the waistband. Pull the loose ends of the tulle strips through the loop created by the fold until it is secure. If you fold one strip at a time, the tutu will be thinner and if you use three strips together the tutu will be fuller.

  • Continue looping and pulling the strips of tulle tight until the entire waistband is full.

  • Glue on crystals, ribbon bows or other embellishments with a hot glue gun.

Tips & Warnings

  • To get the wrinkles out of the tutu, steam it or hang it up in the bathroom while you shower.
  • Do not wash the tutu in a washing machine.

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