I love making tutu skirts for my daughter – they are so fun and girly! Truly, when I think of girly things, tutus and pigtails just fit into that perfectly, don’t they? I have made tutu skirts with a single color of tulle, multiple colors, and now this sparkle dot tulle. I have to admit, this no sew tutu that sparkles is one of my favorites!
The shimmery metallic dots on this tutu really stand out and add a lovely shimmer. Of course there are so many colors and styles of tulle. I’ll show you how to make a tutu for girls with any type of tulle you choose – if the tulle has a front side and back side you just need to tie it on a little differently. Whether it’s regular tulle, metallic dot, glitter, or lacy tulle – you’ll be able to make an adorable and simple tutu using the steps below.
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How to Make a No Sew Tutu that Sparkles
- Rolls of tulle (I used 3 rolls that were 6 inches x 10 yds, but depending on the tutu size you might need more. I used this hot pink metallic dot tulle (those metallic dots gave it all the sparkle) but you could also use a glimmer or glitter tulle like this purple glimmer or sparkling red (although these rolls have 25 yds of tulle so you won’t need as many rolls)
- 3/4 inch elastic
- Optional: needle and thread
Make the Waistband
I made this no sew tutu with elastic for the waistband. I started by measuring my daughter’s waist to see how much elastic I needed. I added 1/2 inch to the length and trimmed off the elastic piece to use for the waistband. Next I overlapped the ends and used a needle and thread to sew a few stitches to hold it in place. If you’d rather go the totally no-sew route, you could just tie the ends of the elastic together in a knot, easy peasy.
Cut the Tulle
I decided to make the length of the tutu reach my daughter’s knees. I measured how long I wanted the tutu to be and doubled the length (since you fold each piece of tulle in half). Then I added a little extra tulle to account for the knot, about 1/2 inch extra. So each piece of tulle should be 2x the length you want for the tutu, plus 1/2 inch. I measured that length for my first piece of tulle, and continued to cut pieces of tulle this length using all three rolls of tulle. I used up the three rolls of tulle and cut 54 pieces of tulle in all.
This sparkly metallic dot tulle is so pretty – you can see the bright pink dots on the tulle in the pictures below. The first picture shows what this tulle looks like with one layer, and the second picture shows it with three pieces layered together.
Tie the Tulle
It helps to put the elastic waistband around something while you tie on the tulle, like around a book or notebook (to keep it straight). You don’t want to stretch out the waistband, just use something to help hold it in place.
If you are using plain tulle without any dots or anything (and skipping the sparkle), tying on the tulle is a little simpler. If you do have a pattern like my polka dots, notice that one side is the front side (on the front of my tulle the dots are pink). There is also a back side (on mine the dots are silver on the back).
If you’re using plain, glimmer, or glitter tulle (without a specific front side/back side)…
As I mentioned, tying the tulle is a little simpler if you’re using tulle that doesn’t have any additional pattern that makes for a front and a back side. If you’re using this type of tulle (like a plain color, glitter tulle, or glimmer tulle), layer three pieces of tulle together at a time. Then fold each piece in half to form a loop.
Then tuck the loop down behind the elastic waistband and pull the ends down through. Tighten the tulle around the waistband but be careful not to tighten it to the point that you squeeze the waistband and stretch the elastic. Continue to tie on the tulle in this way, three pieces at a time, all the way around the waistband.
If you’re using tulle with a pattern that has a front and back side, like my metallic dots…
Layer three pieces of tulle on top of each other, each with the right side up.
Pinch the center of the pieces of tulle.
Holding the center of the tulle on the bottom, place both ends near the top as you fold the tulle in half. Keep the right side up.
Slide the tulle behind the waistband with the loop on the bottom. Fold each end down and tuck it through the loop. As you do, turn the tulle slightly so that the right side stays facing out toward you.
Pull the tulle through the knot, making sure that the right side is still facing out. Tighten the tulle around the waistband but be careful not to tighten it to the point that you squeeze the waistband and stretch the elastic. Continue to tie on the tulle in this way, three pieces at a time, all the way around the waistband.
Fluff the Tutu
Once you have knotted tulle all around the waistband, it should look similar to the picture below.
Go through each piece and gently pull apart each layer to make it a fluffy tutu.
Now you have a lovely no sew tutu that sparkles – fit for a little princess! Making a no sew tutu is really easy. All you need to do is make the waistband, cut the tulle, tie the tulle, and fluff the tutu. It’s really not hard to use tulle with a pattern to add that extra sparkle, you just need to be careful when sliding it through the knot that the pattern stays facing out. This polka dot tutu is definitely my favorite that I’ve made – the extra sparkle is so pretty!
If you’re looking for another knotted, no-sew project you won’t want to miss how to make a fabric garland. The fabric is knotted in a similar way, so only the nice side of the fabric shows. The fabric garland makes an awesome photo backdrop or party decoration!
Who are you going to make a no sew tutu that sparkles?