Things You'll Need
6 yards of tulle
1/2- to 1-inch-wide elastic
Stapler, safety pin or needle and thread
Create a delightfully simple tutu without a sewing machine. Scale this project for a girl of any age and then surprise her with a matching version for a doll or teddy bear. This quick and easy tutu makes a fun addition to a dress-up box or could serve as part of a Halloween costume. Allow about 30 minutes for the project.
Smooth the tulle out across a large, flat surface with the fold toward you. Cut it into 6-inch-wide strips, using the whole piece of tulle. Use a cutting board and rotary blade, if you have them, or just cut with scissors. The strips don't have to be perfectly straight or exactly 6 inches wide.
Wrap elastic around the child's waist and cut it where the edges just meet. Overlap the elastic by 1 inch and staple together vertically along the edges. If you prefer, you can hand stitch the elastic together using a needle and thread.
Unfold one strip of tulle and center it over the elastic. Tie the tulle snugly around the elastic. The ends form the skirt and the knots hide the elastic. For a shorter skirt, leave the strips of tulle folded before knotting around the elastic.
Continue working around the elastic, tying the tulle and pushing the pieces together to form a skirt.
If you do not have a ruled cutting board to help measure the tulle, use the first piece as a pattern as your cut the remaining strips. For a different look, alternate two or more colors of tulle as you tie the strips to the elastic.