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4 Cute DIY Tutu Designs

Ballerinas, princesses or fairies represent a source of inspiration for a lot of little girls out there. Nonetheless, the thing they all have in common is that magnificent tulle dress they wear. Even if the color varies or the adornments differ, master craftsmen use a number of specific techniques in order to create them. However, with these 4 DIY tutu tutorials, it is possible to create that fairytale dress you dream of without much hassle.

1. DIY No Sew Tutu

Making a no-sew tutu, especially if you are a beginner artisan is very easy and doesn’t require a wide range of tools and materials. This particular DIY tutu example is the living proof of that. For making this simple yet fashionable tutu, you will only need an elastic band, some tulle, needle, and thread (just for sewing the elastic band, or you can glue it). Now, if you want to get creative, using different colored tulle strips is highly recommended. Also, for an added bonus in style, you can insert satin ribbons for fullness.

The video you will see below will show you every step of the way. As for the time you have to spend on this, don’t worry! After you gather all the supplies you need for this task it will take you several minutes tops to master the technique. Next, all that remains is add the tulle strip by strip until you reach a satisfactory result. In case you need to make a tutu dress for a wedding you can look at our ten DIY flower girl dress ideas.

Level of difficulty: Easy

Duration: 30 minutes

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2. DIY Triple Layer Tutu

This particular type of DIY tutu is closely related to the plain one layer tutu. The thing that sets this apart, though, is that you can place the tulle on 3 separate layers. That way, you can add more style to your personalized tutu. Also, this gives you the opportunity to get much more creative. However, you must replace the elastic with a crochet waistband in order to insert the tulle into separate rows.

If you don’t have a dress form, you can build your tutu on a paper roll or cardboard. Ultimately, the part that is most time consuming is the tulle insertion. At the same time, this is also where the fun begins. It is at this stage that you can create your own design and play with colors however you like. If you follow this set of well put together instructions and have the patience for it, you will have your very own tutu in no time!

Level of difficulty: Easy

Duration: 1 hour

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3. DIY Pancake Tutu

This type of tutu closely resembles that of a ballerina’s. However, this DIY tutu doesn’t take as long to create and you don’t need to be specially trained beforehand to build one. Also, if you already have a tutu, you can grab that one and modify it. However, if you start from scratch, you can easily make a new one using the same strips of tulle as before attached to either a waistband or elastic. To get that French style tutu you need to use a piece of wire. This stiffens up the tulle and makes the skirt point to the sides instead of covering your legs. Furthermore, you can attach the whole thing to a pair of tight shorts, as long as the colors match.

This might require some sewing skills and even a sewing machine. If you don’t wish to complicate things further, you can always leave it plain and simple. Either way, the video below can provide a step-by-step guide to making your own pancake tutu.

Level of difficulty: Easy

Duration: 30 min

Materials You Need:


  • 6” tulle strips
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Waistband or elastic
  • Needle and thread
  • Wire


4. DIY Romantic Ballerina Tutu

In the beginning, ballerinas used to wear long dresses because it was considered inappropriate for the audience to see their legs. However, with the passing of time, this piece of clothing got a little bit shorter in order to reveal their ankle movements and intricate dance moves.

This particular dress is known as the romantic style tutu. It features the same materials and relies on the same technique when it comes to making one. However, the tulle strips are considerably longer. Also, it is more time consuming to make than the others. This is because you need to pay close attention to the details. In order to make sure you don’t waste material, you can use a quilting ruler and template. Furthermore, you can buy some double sided satin ribbon for a more intricate design.

Level of difficulty: Easy

Duration: 1h 30min

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The art of craftsmanship is as much beautiful as it is useful to master. This way you can spend your days building your own things instead of always having to buy them. Also, you will never get bored and you could use this as a means of relaxation. In this case, however, turning these 4 DIY tutu ideas into reality might bring a lovely smile to your daughter’s face. If this is not your case, then you could do it for your little sister, or even for yourself. No matter the case, you get to spend your time having fun and learning something useful at the same time.


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