DIY No Sew Tutu
There are tons of tutorials out there for tutus, each with a different spin on how to accomplish the look you want. Through my years of costume making, I’ve found what works best for me (Especially since I can’t sew worth a lick!).
Materials for Tutu
You will need elastic and hot glue or an elastic headband depending on the size of waist you’re looking to achieve. This year for Halloween costumes, I used elastic for Allie’s size and a headband for Andie’s size. You will also need tulle and scissors. You can find tulle in many different colors and styles: sparkly, polka dot, etc. Although they are pretty, I’ve found that the solid colors are much easier to work with. You can find it at Hobby Lobby or Wal-Mart. Hobby Lobby runs it half off pretty often too.
The elastic and hot glue route allows for custom sizes. I’ve found that wider (half inch or larger) elastic is easier to keep straight when adding tulle. You can find elastic in many sizes in your stores sewing section. Measure your waist, subtract an inch or two, and cut elastic accordingly. Use hot glue to overlap the elastic end over end creating a circle. Now you have the base of your tutu.
Decide how long you would like your tutu. Now double that number and cut a piece of tulle accordingly. For example, if you want a tutu to come down 10 inches from the waist, then cut tulle 20 inches long. Now use this as a guide to cut the remaining pieces of tulle. The size and thickness of your tutu will determine how many pieces you need. I usually like to start by cutting one whole roll then adding more if necessary. Tip: cut a piece of card board the length of your tutu, wrap tulle around it, and cut all at once instead of one piece at a time.
Making your Tutu
Fold a piece of tulle in half. Stick folded side just under the elastic and pull the two ends through the loop. Continue this until your tutu is as full as you would like. Straighten out your pieces and voila, you have a completed tutu.
These are awesome for birthday outfits, Halloween costumes (Allie has worn a tutu every year as a witch, bumble bee, and now, Minnie Mouse), or dress up. They are easily customized by adding multiple colors, ribbon, cloth pieces, or feathers. You can create almost any look with this simple, cheap, DIY, no sew tutu.