The Tu-Tutorial

Posted on Jun 26, 2008. 10 comments

A (nearly) no sew tu-tu.
2 rolls of 6 inch nylon tulle (50 yards)
1 inch by 1 yard elastic
Needle and Thread
Take waist measurement for size of tu-tu. Mark length onto elastic.
Cut to size and sew together securely.
Next cut tulle to length. Tape the tulle to top of 6 inch by 24 inch template. I used a ruler, but if you don’t have one handy cut a template from cardboard.
Wrap tulle directly from roll onto the ruler, end over end until you run out.
Cut either side of ruler, which gives you 6 inch by 24 inch strips of tulle.
Place elastic over stable surface and begin tying tulle to elastic.
For a fuller tu-tu, use a surface larger than the un-stretched elastic. I used a 1 foot by 1 inch by 3 inch board, but a piece of cardboard cut to size will work perfectly.
Begin tying the tulle to the elastic.
Going clockwise from top left: Place tulle strip under elastic, center it and double knot it. Continue placing tulle strips side by side and tying them until the entire elastic waistband is covered.
Try on tu-tu and make sure there are no blank spots on elastic, if so add more tulle in the same manner as before. Enjoy!


  • Posted by monica on Jul 02, 2008


  • Posted by Hilari on Jul 05, 2008

    That’s adorable. I do hope you made one for Maya and one for the pup – I’m looking forward to a pas de deux from Swan Lake….

  • Posted by Heidi on Jun 29, 2008

    That tu tu is painfully cute!!

  • Posted by joanm on Jun 29, 2008

    Hi Michelle,
    Long time, not catch up. Maya is so beautiful, and has grown up quickly as they all do. I won’t be needing the tutu for my grandsons, but I did make such things years ago. Your tutorial would have helped.
    Best wishes

  • Posted by AlisonH on Jun 30, 2008

    Oh, that’s hysterical! I love it!

  • Posted by Carrie K on Jun 27, 2008

    The dog looks particularly fetching.

  • Posted by nicole/sweden on Jun 28, 2008

    i do not understand how your daughter keeps getting cuter, she is absolutely adorable as a ballerina. and the doggy is cuter than kaffe fassett’s needlepoint ‘cat in ruffle’ which is saying quite alot. your blog is always exactly what the dr. ordered!

  • Posted by Lissa on Jun 26, 2008

    Wow. this is so fantastically simple that I might just worship you today. Well done!

  • Posted by Lori on Jun 26, 2008

    Once again, kneeling at your feet.

  • Posted by Amy on Jun 26, 2008

    You are awesome…I may just be able to handle making one (or two!) Thanks for the instructions with pics for my un-crafty self!

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