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Crafts for Christmas: Easy No Sew Tutu

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12 Post-It Notes

I already have my Top 10 Gifts for the Family listed now it's time for Ways To Save: Crafts for Christmas Special. For our first Craft we have Angie from Treasures For Tots teaching us how to make an Easy No Sew Tutu.

Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial
Materials needed:
  • 60" 7/8" wide grosgrain ribbon
  • 2 6" spools of tulle
  • lighter or fray check

POST-IT-NOTE: Cut the tulle using my Quick and Easy Method! I cut my pieces 15" long, that makes my finished tutu 7 1/2" long. I created a pattern of: 8 pink, 4 blue, 2 pink, 4 blue. I had enough tulle to make a tutu that will fit children 2-5 years old.

Begin 15" from the end of the ribbon. This gives you room to tie the ribbon into a bow when you put the tutu on your child. Also, I like to tie the end of the ribbon to something (like a desk, chair, bar stool, etc.) when I'm making the tutu. It's easier to cast on the tulle. You'll understand what I mean when you start making the tutu.

Okay, now you're going to "slip knot" each piece of tulle onto the ribbon. To do this, take a piece of tulle and fold it in half. Place it under the ribbon with the loop on the right and the "tails" of the tulle on the left. Refer to the picture.

Bring up the tails and pass through the loop. Pull the slip knot tight, making sure your tails stay even. Pulling the slip knot tight will make your tutu full. You can slightly scrunch the tulle pieces up next to each other on the ribbon to make the tutu look fuller and fluffier too.

Continue casting the tulle onto the ribbon until it fits around your child's waist or hips (I have 17" of tulle on my ribbon). You should have a long piece of ribbon that's 15" (or longer) left over to tie into a bow.

Try the tutu on your child, tie the ribbon into a bow, and cut off any excess. Use a lighter or fray check on the ends.

All done! With basic care it should last years! My daughter wears hers inside, outside, to the store - everywhere, and I've never had a problem with the tulle coming off the ribbon. It takes about 30 minutes to make this type of tutu, and it only costs around $7!

POST-IT-NOTE 2: Remember for older children you'll have to cut a longer piece of ribbon and you'll use more tulle - at least one more spool of tulle. Here's a tip: as your child grows you can "un-scrunch" the tulle pieces to make the tutu fit longer! I've done that with a few of Serenity's very first baby tutus.

That really does sounds easier than I thought! Make sure to hop on over to Angie's website Treasures For Tots for more fun tutorials and a giveaway of this very same tutu!

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  • shopannies said:  

    what a great post

  • April said:  

    Kas this is so darn adorable! I have been wanting a frilly tutu for the girls but thought, it would be too hard to make. This actually seems like something I could do :) thanks for sharing!

  • Robin G said:  

    Awww. That is super cute...easy too :)

  • Angela said:  


    Thank you again for posting my tutu tute!!

    I've posted all the Tutu Giveaway information on my blog for your readers!

  • The Shopping Mama said:  

    Awesome tutorial. It actually seems doable for a very non-crafter like myself.

    I look forward to more Crafts for Christmas posts.

  • Brittany said:  

    OMG awesome! I can't sew LOL and I've been dying to make one of these for my youngest!!!

  • cherdon said:  

    Your Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial was very thorough, informative and surprisingly simple. I've gotta make this for my little granddaughter. It would look so adorable on her. Bottom line. Its just tooooooooooo cute for words. Thanks so much.

  • Jessica said:  

    I wish I had a little girl to make this for. It looks so easy

  • MommaWad09 said:  

    what a cute cute idea! thanks
    Annie W mommawad@yahoo.com

  • minishoes1 said:  

    So adorable and lovely! This might be easy for me. Thanks!