How to Make a Tutu (no sewing required)

how to make a no sew tutu

I don’t own a sewing machine so I’m always looking for ways to make things, no sewing required.  This tutu skirt fits into the category beautifully; I made it in under 10 minutes!

What you can use the tutu for

Birthday party craft

Princess dress up party

Dress ups

Christmas (use white, red, green or gold tulle)

What you need



  • preferably soft tulle so it’s doesn’t itch
  • you can also use organza
  • you will need approximately 1 metre of tulle (or if using two different colours, 0.5 metres of each)


1. Cut a piece of elastic and tie so it makes a circle (make the circle a little smaller than your child’s waist).

how to make a tutu -- make a circle the size of your child

2. Cut tulle into strips 15 cm wide strips x desired length. According to the height of my daughter, I cut the fabric into 15 cm x 70 cm strips. To measure how long you want the skirt to be, hold the fabric from the waist and measure to where you want the skit to end.  Now fold the strand over to make a double length and cut (when the strand is folded in half, it will be the desired length).  

You will need approximately 20 strips for tulle (more for organza). I didn’t measure the strips; I cut one 15 cm x 70 cm then guesstimated using the first piece as a template. It doesn’t need to be perfect because you can’t really tell once they are tied on the skirt (plus you can simple trim it at a last step if you need to). Two different colours work well, or rainbow colours!

how to make a tutu -- cutting the tulle

3. The diagram below shows how to tie the tulle on the elastic. This is to ensure the material hangs down nicely.

  • Fold a piece of material in half and lay over the top of the elastic.
  • Thread the loop over the band.
  • Feed the two ends through the loop.
  • Pull down tight.
  • Repeat until the entire elastic is covered. 

no sew tutu

4. Play!

how to make a tutu -- playing with the tutu

Make a matching Ballerina Peg Dolly

Click the picture below for how to make a gorgeous matching Peg Ballerina Doll.

ballerina peg doll

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  • Reply
    August 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Great no sew project, with a gorgeous result, Kel!

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 3, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks Christie. My little subject there was pretty pleased with the result. Wish I could sew though. I know I proably could sew if I took the time to learn. HA! In the meantime, I’ll keep finding ways to make things without sewing a stitch!

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    August 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Tthank you for another fantastic idea!! As i am not a sewing person at all this is wonderful! I am going to make this with my little girl this Friday (a forecasted rainy day here). I think I might even taper the ends & glue on some sequins. Love your page xx

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 4, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Wonderful! It’s a perfect rainy day project. Ooo, sequins, that’s a gorgeous idea!

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    August 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you for another fantastic idea!! As i am not a sewing person at all this is wonderful! I am going to make this with my little girl this Friday (a forecasted rainy day here). I think I might even taper the ends & glue on some sequins. Love your page xx

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    Kirralee Baker
    August 4, 2011 at 8:38 am

    This is fantastic! Anything no-sew is good for me and also means the kids can help. Thank you Kelly.

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    Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots
    August 4, 2011 at 10:42 am

    This is so cute!!! I can’t sew either so these sorts of ideas are fabulous 🙂

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    August 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    We went out last weekend to purchase all our materials (was already out and about but made a huge deal about it being a special trip just for her!) and then when we got home our internet crashed on us, so today while my miss 5 is home sick from kindy we are going to finish creating our tutu. I have hand sewn the elastic together though as i only had thicker stuff on hand 🙂
    Thanks for a great idea, i’m sure she will love it!

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    August 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Wow, her tutu looks fantastic, we bought some pink and purple organza and our strips measurements were smaller (and fewer of them lol) but she loves it!
    We also purchased some red and green tulle for a Christmas themed one although i’m going to head out and buy some thin elastic like the one you used as i feel the cm wide one i had is just too thick.
    She is parading around the house in it constantly spinning! Have put some pics on FB and shared the link to this post on each of them, thought i’d share a pic here but couldn’t work out how to do it so here is the link…

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      Kelly B
      August 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      That’s wonderful. Aren’t you a sweetie for coming back here to tell me about it. LOVE THAT. I tried that link but I don’t have permission to see that page but I’d love to see it! So you can either put it on my facebook wall https://www.facebook.com/Be.A.Fun.Mum or email me, you’ll find my address here http://beafunmum.com/contact/

      Can’t wait to see it! x

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