How to Make Pixie Tutus

Designing a tutu for your child is a fun and inexpensive project.
Designing a tutu for your child is a fun and inexpensive project. (Image: Images)

Pixie tutus are made from tulle fabric to create a ballerina type skirt. Tulle is available in a variety of colors. Making a pixie tutu yourself is an inexpensive craft project. The tutus are made by cutting strips of tulle and tying it onto elastic to get the 'poofy' effect. They can be color coordinated to match an outfit, favorite colors, for holidays or for pictures. Tutus are made to fit any occasion.

Things You'll Need

  • 3/4-inch elastic
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Tulle
  • Scissors

Measure the elastic by wrapping it around the child's waist. Deduct 2 or 3 inches of elastic and cut it with the scissors. The elastic stretches as you tie the tulle around it so this will ensure a proper fit.

Overlap the ends of elastic about an inch. Use the needle and thread and sew the ends together. Sew a couple rows into the ends to ensure they will not come apart.

Cut your tulle into strips of about 15 or 16 inches in length and and about 3 inches wide with the scissors. You can make your tulle strips longer or shorter if you wish. You will need about 30 to 40 strips. The more strips you use, the fuller the tutu will be.

Place the elastic band around something such as your thigh or a paper towel roll to hold it in place while you tie the strips of tulle on. Do not stretch it out.

Fold the strips of tulle in half lengthwise and slide them onto the elastic halfway and make a loop and pull the end through to knot it. Tie on all of your tulle strips until the elastic is full all the way around. Remove from whatever you used to hold it in place and it is ready to wear.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add ribbon by tying it on in between tulle strips. You can also make bows, if you choose.

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