Sep 24, 2011

TuTu(torial): DIY Fabric TuTu

DIY fabric tutu 
I recently shared this project on The Wiegands. It’s so fun and pretty. So I HAD  to share it with all of you who who missed it. This fabric tutu is very easy to make and you can do it all, start to finish, in ONE nap time. BONUS: If you even semi-regularly sew, you’ll have everything you need.

scrap fabric
What you’ll need:
    • Scrap fabric
    • Elastic
    • Scissors to cut fabric (pinking shears if you have them)
    • Sewing machine to make waistband.

Step 1 
Making the TuTu:
As you can see from the picture, your strips do not need to be perfect, or even the same length. It adds character to your tutu. Some of the pieces we’re not long enough so I pieced them together with the sewing machine. My strips measured 20-22 inches with a few 17-19 inch strips thrown in. The width of my strips were somewhere around 1.5”.  (I did not use a ruler or measuring tape to cut my strips… all of them are uneven.)
Tip: If you have pinking shears, I would recommend using them to cut your strips, as it will keeping the fraying to a minimum

Step 2

For the elastic waistband, I used 1/2” elastic. The length of the elastic should match the measurement of your child’ waist.
Step 3
Now the only thing you have left to do is to tie your strips around the elastic band. (My daughters waist measure 18” and I used 42 strips)
I also added a few places of scrap tulle for fun. Make sure when you’re double knotting, you’re getting the knots some-what close to the center of the strip.

youre done
After your all done, you can go through and trim up the super long strips and make the whole thing even.
Adelyn loves it. I love it. I hope you love it!

You could use just a few different fabrics with matching tones and I’m sure it would be even cuter! Or add more tulle through out it to make it more “tutu”ish.


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Note: The strips will fray, but it adds more character. Like I said before, cutting the strips with pinking shears will minimize that fraying. I would NOT recommend washing this in the washing machine.
I’d love to see pictures of your finished fabric tutu’s.
# kristanlynn


  1. Fantastico....le mie bimbe ringraziano

  2. Very cool! It looks so pretty and so easy too. Thanks for sharing ;-)

  3. I loved this post. I made one too. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  4. I knew I was saving all my scraps for SOMETHING!! haha I'm totally making one of these for Daisy!

  5. Love, put it on my board on Pinterest and am making a halloween AND Christmas fabric tutu

  6. Hi! Thanks so much for these instructions. You had all the info I needed to create my own scrap tutu! I used it as part of a post for a board I have on Pinterest, HERE:

    You can also use the direct link to my blog post HERE:

    Thanks again!! (O:

  7. Thanks for the instructions!! I just made one yesterday and posted about it on my blog (to which I referenced yours :-)

    Thanks again~

  8. that is so cool, I was gonna throw away a lot of clothes of my children, but now I won't, I will make a nice fabric tutu, thanks!

  9. super cute! i love this and will be trying it soon

  10. I just posted a link to this tutorial on my site - -Hope that's okay! Thanks for sharing it.
    Love this tutu and your site!

    1. So cute! I am so glad that you reposted this. One down... One to go on my Valenine's Day tutus for my little girls.

  11. I love your tu-tu!!! I copied yours, and just posted on my blog about the one I made for my little girl!- Thank you for the great idea!!
    I will be checking back for other cute ideas!

  12. I love this!! Thanks for sharing. I made a couple tutus for my girls yesterday...working on posting them in my blog right now. I used some of their old baby clothes that I was going to get rid of, along with an old shirt and skirt of mine an some ribbon. Instead of making an elastic band, I used elastic headbands, which were the perfect size! Thanks again for this great idea. So simple and SO adorable!

  13. Very cool! Love this! It looks so pretty and so easy too. Thanks for sharing ;-)

    tutu dresses

  14. I love this! Too cute! I would love for you to link this up to my Feature Friday Linky Party going on right now.

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  15. I made one and I love it, Thanks for the great idea, so easy to make.

  16. beautiful and pretty work! and so cute!! thanks for show us.

  17. I made this last night, and added a tulle layer underneath to make the fabric layer pop out. Thank you for the post!

  18. Plan on making one with a bunch of Christmas fabric and pairing with an ivory reindeer shirt. Should be perfect for Santa pictures!

  19. Just found this tutorial and am on my way to making five before Christmas. I linked to your post...

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