If you’ve got 30 minutes you can make a no-sew tutu!
As a kid I was such a tomboy.
I’m pretty sure my mom cringed with embarrassment when I walked into school in an oversized shirt and jeans. I just didn’t do the girly thing back then.
Even now I’m much more comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt, but if there’s a reason for it I will put on a dress (and like it).
For Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party at Disney World this year the family and I went as characters from Toy Story 3. I was Bonnie (the little girl who got all the toys at the end), Chris was Woody, and the toddler was Buzz Lightyear.
I had decided early on that I wanted to make both mine and Chris’s costumes. It saves money but I could also customize them however I wanted. Chris’s Woody costume was a huge hit and he got compliments all night long. But…no one knew who I was. At one point I got asked if I was Rex (the dinosaur) because I was carrying him around. 🤷🏻♀️
That’s okay though! I probably should’ve gone as Bo Peep or Jessie if I wanted people to recognize me but I wanted to do my own thing. And it was more fun that way!
This no-sew tutu is:
- fun for kids, and
- takes less than 20 minutes!
Want to make a no-sew tutu? Let’s do it!
- 3 spools of tulle
- Elastic or Ribbon
- a large piece of cardboard
- Large round bucket or trashcan
- 2 large rubber bands
+ Figure out how long you want your skirt to be and then make sure the cardboard is that length. I ended up using a picture frame that was the length I needed to wrap my tulle around because I didn’t have a piece of cardboard that was long enough!
+ Tie a piece of ribbon around your waist and then cut it to the correct length. Leave enough at the end so you can tie a bow in the back!
+ Wrap the tulle around the cardboard (not too tight because you will have to cut it later on!).
+ Secure each end with rubber bands to keep the tulle in place while cutting.
+ Using fabric scissors (because they make cutting the tulle easy-peasy) only cut one end of the tulle!
+ Tie your ribbon or elastic around the bucket (I used elastic for my own skirt but if you want to do a no-sew skirt use ribbon!). Make sure it is tight and secure before you start tying the tulle to it.
+ Start tying your pieces of tulle around the ribbon.
+ Continue tying the tulle until you can no longer see your ribbon. I personally wanted to add a bit of dimension to my skirt so I used two colors and alternated them.
PRO TIP: It’s always better to put more tulle on your tutu than you think you need. You can never have too much tulle!
+ If you’re using a ribbon, remove it from the bucket periodically so that you can try it on and make sure you like the way it looks. If it’s not full enough keep adding tulle until you’re satisfied! Once you love the way it looks, you’re done and ready to wear it!
If you are making a tulle skirt for a baby the how-to is almost the same! The only difference is that I would use this headband because it’s stretchy and the perfect size to fit around a baby’s waist! Years ago this is what I used for my niece and it worked perfectly.
The details on my costume are:
- Tulle from Hobby Lobby (multiple shades of dark and light pink)
- Overalls from Carly Jean Los Angelas (now sold out)
- Striped shirt from Amazon
I could have added more tulle (and I should have) to my skirt but I honestly finished this right before we left for Disney and I had other things that needed to get done. So…I worked with what I had. But I could have added another spool of tulle on it and it would’ve been perfectly fluffy and full!
Depending on how big the person is you’re making this for you may need more or less than 3 spools. I think 4 would’ve been perfect for me, but it really is personal preference depending on how full you want your skirt to be.
I will say this though. It is a pain in the butt to use the restroom when you’re wearing a tulle skirt and overalls. If I had been smart I would’ve weaved a ribbon in-between each piece of tulle to hold them in place. There was a lot of shifting around after my bathroom break and quite a few bald spots that I was walking around with as the night went on.
Not that that’s a big deal to most people. But I’m a bit OCD so it bothered me a little bit.
Other than that though this costume was perfect! I wasn’t too hot and it was easy to move around in. What more can you ask for when it comes to a Halloween costume?
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