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{ Tu tu tutorial }


These tu-tu’s have to be one of the easiest things to make, and they always turn out SUPER cute! You can get creative by mixing colors and ribbons.


Every girl deserves a party skirt!

Want learn how to make a tu-tu? Let me show you how, it’s simple.

how to make a tu-tu with elastic

First you’ll need to start out with an elastic band (1/2 in – 1 in works best). These come in packs at Jo-Ann’s for about $2. Measure your child’s waist and cut the piece of elastic 1 in bigger. Then you will sew the ends together.

how to make a tu-tu skirt

Next you’ll cut your tulle (use the kind on spools-found mine at HL). I cut mine 18 inches for a 3 month old. Decide how long or short you want yours and measure accordingly.

how to make a tu-tu

Next you’ll tie a double knot around the elastic. I did a pattern of white-pink-white polka dot- pink – white and so on until I got all the way around. You can get creative here and do as many colors as you’d like…however I prefer to stick to 2-3 colors. Also make sure to slide the knots real close together to get the puffy tu-tu.

making a tu-tu

I wanted to add just a little bit of ribbon, so I tied a thin piece of ribbon next to the polka dot tulle. So it ended up being about a 5-1 ratio or tulle to ribbon. Again get creative here. Big fat ribbon looks super cute as well.

how to make a tu-tu without sewing

That’s all! Is that not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!?

how to make a baby tu-tu

Miss Emmalyn looooved her new tu-tu. Apparently it tasted pretty good too. ;)

baby tu-tu

Gosh I love this little girl.

how to make a tu-tu skirt

Look how happy she is. She loves it as much as  I do.

how to make baby clothes

Now she’s all ready for our Valentines Day Party!

This is the perfect Party Tu-Tu for any occasion.

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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66 Responses to “Pretty in Pink {Tu-Tu Tutorial}”

  1. A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

    So cute! Great tutorial – now if only I had a baby girl to make this for! I don't think my baby boy would appreciate it!

  2. Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants

    If that isn't the most perfect Valentine, I don't know what is!!! Adorable. I love the shirt, did you make that too?

  3. ~Rosanne

    Adorable – and makes my heart smile! And the tu-tu is cute too.
    Thanks for sharing, even my 9 year old might like one of these and tulle is on sale at our HL this week.

  4. Jen-CraftOManiac

    LOVE THE TUTU! what a sweet hunny bunches of love! Oh' I love chubby sweet babies. She is gorg. winks-jen

  5. A.Vang

    Oh so sweet! I can't wait to make one for my little fancy pants. Darling baby! Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. April and Wes

    Did you make the hairbow? I never know how to make anything, so I really appreciate easy tutorials like these!

  7. Nicole

    This is so super cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, now I only need a cute baby girl to make one for :)

  8. Shirley

    I am another vote for a tutorial on the hairbow. I tried to do something like that, but it came out awful!

    I love the tutu! That is exactly how I would do it too. Your model is absolutely adorable!

  9. .

    Ohhh my goodness. Don't you just love to dress her! My daughter is 12 now but I sure did enjoy the days where I could dress them in anything and they didn't complain. Enjoy it. They grow up too fast! TFS. Bug Hugs.

  10. Abi and Simon

    This looks super easy to try! Whee! Thank you so much for sharing. She looks ADORABLE!!

  11. Shileen

    Oh my goodness this is sooo cute! You can bet if I had someone to make this for I would!!

  12. Brenda

    Thank you so much for all of these great ideas. I LOVE this so much that I'm going to the store to get the materials so I can make one for the new beautiful baby girl born to a young lady from church this week! Thanks to Shileen for letting me know about your blog. If only I could adopt a baby girl too so I could make one for my own daughter. Of course, I do have a 16 year old dancing daughter…

  13. {Carli}

    O my goodness how adorable is she! Love the tu tu, it looks like such a simple one to do! Thank you for sharing!

  14. While My Sailors Aweigh

    … and all this time I thought my babies were the cutest babies in the world!! Super cute tutu and one beautiful little baby!!

  15. Kay Ellen

    Oh my goodness~~so cute!! this baby girl looks so much my Paige when she was little~~~now she is 16! Time has just flown by..loved the post :))

    Happy Valentine's Day~~

    stopping by via under the table & day dreaming~~
    nice to meet you!

    Kay Ellen

  16. shopannies

    love the tutu and the colors you choose but sorry that little baby and her delicious smile is even more adorable than the tutu

  17. New momma

    Thank you SO much for posting this. I was able to make my first tu-tu for a friend's baby and had a blast doing it. I didn't realize it would be so easy! Thanks again!

  18. The Mrs

    This is absolutely beautiful! I'm going to try to make one today :) Is there a tutorial for the headband?

  19. Dee

    Absolutely precious! I just saw a tu tu on my gg-niece for her first b-day….it was soooo cute! Unfortunately, she's the only baby girl I know right now. I'm trying to think of which little boy I might try to put this on out of desperation just so I can make one!! LOL File this under gift ideas for little girls cause they would love this for their event and for dress-up later. I agree, we need the tut for the hair bow! And, make a matching bow for those granny slippers for their precious little toes. Awwwww, I want a little girl!!!! I'm g-g-ma age :(

  20. fancy nancy

    You make it look so easy! How much tulle do you think I will need to make these for me, my daughter (2 years-old), and nieces (6 years-old)? Making them for a race!

  21. sherry

    How do you make the headband? love it also i am going to make both, tutu and headband for my great niece and one for a friend both babies are only month old. Thank you so much!! Sherry

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes

      Thanks! For the headband I just cut the tulle down to about 11/2 in by 16 in. I ruffled the tulle and then rolled it up like a flower. You could use sew or hot glue. That’s all. I keep meaning to post a tutorial for this. I will very soon. :)

  22. Jen

    I love this! And that adorable baby, of course. She is such a doll! Maybe next time I’ll get my girl. . .

  23. Martha Mills

    I am not seeing the instructions for how to cut the tulle.
    What is the shape??
    Have all the materials I need, have been looking for the pattern and this is perfect.
    Also, do you have more detailed instructions on actually tying the knots?

    • Jamielyn

      Hey Martha! I used the tulle that is found on spools from Hobby Lobby. It’s already pre-cut 6 in. Make it SO much easier. As far as tying the knots… it really is just a simple double knot around the elastic. Then I pulled the knot to the bottom of the elastic. Hope that helps! Have a good weekend.

      • Dana Plotts

        Hi there!! I love the tutu tutorial …really the whole outfit. Would you mind telling me where you got her onsie and leggings? Thanks!!

  24. Rowena Morrow

    And that adorable baby, of course. Thanks Jenn!! Making them for a race! This looks super easy to try!

  25. Kathy Petz

    I love everything you have, but I’d really like to know where you got her outfit (leggings and onsie)??
    Thank you,
    Kathy :)

  26. Eliziane Kennett

    Beatiful !!!!!
    I would love to get some tips on how to make that party hat …
    Thank You

  27. Sandra Cook

    I have been looking for a tutu tutorial for a while and I couldn’t have found an easier one. The headband is so adorable too. I can’t wait to make this for my grand daughter. Thank you so much for sharing. BTW, I follow you on Pinterest and subscribe to your e-mail. Oh, The sweet ,beautiful baby is awesome!

  28. Sylvia

    Gee, I wish I had visited your site 2 weeks ago when I was looking for an easy way to do a tutu to go over a little girl’s special occasion dress that she was to wear to her grandmother’s wedding. I will be using your idea from now on. I think that my own granddaughters might enjoy a tutu or two. The possibilities are endless for colors (limited only by the colors of tulle and ribbon) you can find. Easter is almost here, I’d better get started. Thanks again for the tutorial!!

  29. Jeannie

    Oh! This is soooo adorable. I would have never thought of it, but it is beyond cute. I can see someone making it for special occasions, or even getting the baby’s picture taken in it.

  30. Amanda

    Adorable. I’ve been making tutus for my little girl, but am having a hard time finding the dotted tulle. Can I ask where you got yours? Thank you!

  31. Wendy D

    Love this!!! I was wondering if you did a tutorial on the matching headband ?? IF not, is it something you could do in the future???


  32. Stephanie

    This is an adorable tutu. I am trying to make this for my daughter but I can not find the white tulle with white polka dots fabric. Where did you find yours? Thank you for your help!!