Tutorial: How to Make a Tutu

Tutorial: How to Make a Ribbon Tie Tulle Tutu

We’ve decided as mentioned in our earlier post that we need to teach people a little something about some of the craft products we carry. There are lots of really cute things you can make relatively easily and inexpensively on your own, and we’d love to share some ideas with you.

So, today I want to show you how to make a simple ribbon tie tutu. Learning how to make a tutu is really very easy.  There are other variations on this, you can even use elastic if you have it. I love this idea because you can use any colors you want, just as puffy as you like, and really personalize your own creations.

You will need:

Tutu Making Supplies

6″ X 25 Yd Rolls of Wholesale Tulle(I used 4 rolls–Purple, Lavender, Light Green, and Turquoise–that’s a new color! I didn’t end up using the white pictured.) The amount you need will depend on the size of girl and length of tutu you are making. This was for a 7 year old girl, whose waist was about 24″, and the length is approx. 13”.  You can make just a tutu skirt with a shorter length or a tutu dress with a bit of a longer length.  Just measure against the person you wish to make this for.

Grosgrain Ribbon (I used 7/8″ Solid Purple Grosgrain)


Scrap Piece of Cardboard


Cut a piece of cardboard about the length that you would like your skirt to be, adding an extra inch for tying and fluff factor.

Wrap your tulle around the cardboard lengthwise. I just used the whole roll, so I’m not really sure how many times. But you can err on the side of caution and just do a few passes of each color at once.

Cut the tulle on one side of the cardboard. This will give you pieces twice the length of your skirt. This is good. Don’t panic. They are supposed to be that long.

Once all of your tulle is cut, you can cut your ribbon.  Use the waist of the girl you are making the tutu for as a measure. Wrap the ribbon around the waist, then add an extra couple of feet so you’ll have what you need plus enough for tying a nice bow at the end.

Measure about about a foot in (or more if you like) to your ribbon and tie a knot. This is to keep the tool from sliding off of your ribbon. This is the start of the waist on your skirt.

7/8" Grosgrain RibbonTake two pieces of tool and fold them in half creating a loop. Put the loop in back of the ribbon as pictured.

How To Tie a TutuNow take the ends of your tulle up over the ribbon and through the loop. Pull tight. The tighter you pull these knots and push them together, the fuller your skirt will be. If you don’t want it too full, pull your knots a bit looser, but tight enough to stay put.

Knotting a TutuContinue to tie knots alternating colors as you wish. I just did a four color alternating pattern, but you can do it however you like.

Tying a TutuWhen you think you have enough tulle tied on your skirt, hold it up to your recipient’s waist and make sure you are done. Then tie another knot in that end of the ribbon to hold the tulle in place.

Now you can just tie a pretty bow in the back, and you are set! Voila, easy peasy inexpensive custom made one of a kind tutu!

I love the colors of this tutu.  I think it turned out so darling, fun and Spring-y! I simply love this fluffy tutu. Making tutus for your boutique would  be much easier than you think.  If you just don’t have time to make tutus, we also carry wholesale tutus that are only $2.50 each!


Have fun creating!  Let us know what you think!

54 thoughts on “Tutorial: How to Make a Tutu

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  2. I love this tutu making tutorial. This will help me out a ton, thanks again!

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  4. My wife has been looking for an article on how to do this. Going to pass this along, thank you!

  5. How did you determine how much tulle to use? I want to make one for myself as a Halloween costume this year but WAY longer (think corpse bride :D). How can I determine how much tulle to purchase?

  6. Thank you so much for this!! I made my daughter a tutu and measured each peice of tulle and it took so long!! love the card board idea thats awesome!!! It will make things so much easier! going to make one now:)

  7. Did you use 25 yards per roll (and use each roll) or total? Might sound ridiculous but I have no idea how much tulle to buy! I plan to make a tutu for each my 4 year old and my 2 year old. This is the best tutorial I’ve seen yet! Thank you!

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  11. This was by far the easiest tutu tutorial I have found! The cardboard makes cutting so much easier!

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  14. My daughter has had

    this for almost 3 months now and is very pleased with it. Thanks for the tutorial

  15. I was so stressing on figuring out how to make tutus to match my custom onesies I’m just beginning to make and you made it sooo simple! Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  17. I had made this outfit and I had wore it for a photoshot and it looked amazing thank you so much for making this tutorial

  18. Great tutorial, thanks. Do the ends of the tulle unrave though? Do you use some type of finishing liquid / anti ravel / sewing?

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