How to to make a tutu -Girls tutu tutorial


How to to make a tutu in just a few easy steps! This will take you no time at all and is very inexpensive to make.

DIY tutu tutorial -so easy to make!

{ Tu tu tutorial }


DIY tutu tutorial -so easy to make!

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!


  • 1/2 inch elastic band
  • 1-2 rolls of tulle
  • ribbon (optional
  • sewing machine or sew glue

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.

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

Miss Emmalyn looooved her new tu-tu.

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.

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

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

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. A Pretty Life in the Suburbs posted on February 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm (#

    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. ~Gay~ posted on February 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm (#

    Yeah, pretty much the cutest thing I have ever seen!

  3. Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants posted on February 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm (#

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

  4. Brittany posted on February 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm (#

    So cute! I love it!

  5. David and Haylee Skaggs posted on February 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm (#

    So cute, I love the shirt! Did you make it, or where did you get it?!

  6. ~Rosanne posted on February 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm (#

    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.

  7. Liz posted on February 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm (#

    She is SO cute and I love the pink elephant shirt! Adorable!

  8. Jen-CraftOManiac posted on February 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm (#

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

  9. A.Vang posted on February 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm (#

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

  10. April and Wes posted on February 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm (#

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

  11. Nicole posted on February 10, 2011 at 9:18 pm (#

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

  12. Jayna Rae posted on February 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm (#

    she is the cutest thing ever!!!!!!!!!

  13. Karene posted on February 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm (#

    OK I love the tutu and have made plenty but more so I LOBE the matching hair band. It really just put the final touches on the whole cute babhy…and her outfit.

    I would love to know how you made that?


  14. Shirley posted on February 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm (#

    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!

  15. Life In The Thrifty Lane posted on February 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm (#

    She is so cute!!!

  16. . posted on February 11, 2011 at 12:26 am (#

    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.

  17. Abi and Simon posted on February 11, 2011 at 2:54 am (#

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

  18. Shileen posted on February 11, 2011 at 6:12 am (#

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

  19. Clare posted on February 11, 2011 at 7:56 am (#

    very cute!! i will be making one for ellie:)

  20. Brenda posted on February 11, 2011 at 8:53 am (#

    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…

  21. {Carli} posted on February 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm (#

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

  22. Terri posted on February 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm (#

    I added ribbon to a tutu I made today after seeing this post! It turned out really great. I love the way the ribbon looks. I linked to this post in my blog post – hope you'll stop by!

  23. While My Sailors Aweigh posted on February 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm (#

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

  24. MessyMissy posted on February 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm (#

    Awwwww!! So cute. Thanks so much for the tutorial!! :-)

  25. Kay Ellen posted on February 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm (#

    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

  26. Meg posted on February 16, 2011 at 11:53 am (#

    She is so cute! Look at that cute baby smile! What a cute tutu for a cute baby!

  27. shopannies posted on February 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm (#

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

  28. Kelly posted on February 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm (#

    Where did you get the polka dot tulle? It makes it extra cute!

  29. New momma posted on March 12, 2011 at 7:19 pm (#

    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!

  30. The Mrs posted on March 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm (#

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

  31. Dee posted on March 19, 2011 at 8:25 pm (#

    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 :(

  32. fancy nancy posted on April 1, 2011 at 5:30 am (#

    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!

  33. Nikki H posted on April 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm (#

    This is fantastic! Thank you!!

  34. sherry posted on April 27, 2011 at 6:26 am (#

    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 posted on April 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm (#

      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. :)

      • sherry posted on April 28, 2011 at 3:42 am (#

        Thanks again!!!

  35. Johnnie posted on June 28, 2011 at 3:07 am (#

    Precious. Enough said. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jamielyn posted on June 28, 2011 at 11:34 pm (#

      Thanks Johnnie for stopping by and commenting! xo

  36. Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 posted on June 28, 2011 at 9:09 am (#

    I love the added whimsy that the polkadot tulle gives the tutu, and the adorable matching headband! Simply adorable!!

  37. Jen posted on June 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on June 28, 2011 at 11:25 pm (#

      Thanks Jen!! I sure love her! She’s growing to fast though.. no fair!

  38. linda @ craftaholics anonymous posted on June 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm (#

    So cute!! :D thumbs up!
    happy crafting,

  39. Martha Mills posted on August 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm (#

    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 posted on August 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm (#

      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 posted on November 7, 2012 at 9:47 am (#

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

  40. Rowena Morrow posted on December 14, 2011 at 1:58 am (#

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

  41. Stephanie posted on December 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm (#

    I would love to know, how you made the hairbow.

  42. sarah reeves posted on December 28, 2011 at 11:20 pm (#

    Is there a way I can just buy this? Let me know my email address is

  43. Stephanie Daniel posted on January 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm (#

    Is there anyway we can buy this? Let me know

  44. Kathy Petz posted on January 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm (#

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

  45. Eliziane Kennett posted on January 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm (#

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

  46. Sandra Cook posted on February 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm (#

    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!

  47. xevg posted on March 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm (#

    More easy Impossible!!!!

  48. Sylvia posted on March 31, 2012 at 8:44 pm (#

    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!!

  49. Jeannie posted on May 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm (#

    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.

  50. Amanda posted on June 18, 2012 at 6:31 am (#

    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!

  51. Wendy D posted on August 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm (#

    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???


  52. Stephanie posted on September 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm (#

    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!!

  53. Tina posted on December 14, 2012 at 8:03 am (#

    Love the tutu

  54. Cassandra posted on January 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm (#

    Oh my. Is this baby cute or what! Happy baby. Cute tutu.

  55. Agnes Sim posted on July 3, 2013 at 11:54 pm (#

    hi, i plan to make one for my daughter too. ;-) Thanks for the tutorial. Your baby is just too cute

    • Jamielyn posted on July 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm (#

      Thank you! Tutus are so much fun! :)

  56. Cathy D. posted on January 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm (#

    Do you have directions for the matching headband?

    • Jamielyn posted on January 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm (#

      I don’t have a tutorial, sorry Cathy!!

  57. sm posted on July 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm (#

    Hi , I love the tutu, where can I buy the white small polka dot tulle?

    • Jamielyn posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:30 pm (#

      I found mine at Hobby Lobby! :)

  58. Kathy Houston posted on October 27, 2014 at 8:53 pm (#

    Your daughter is ADORABLE!!! I see that she’s older now but I’m sure she’s just as cute. 

    • Jamielyn posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:19 am (#

      Thanks Kathy! Yes she is, she just turned 4. :)

  59. Sewing Made Simple posted on February 14, 2016 at 12:22 am (#

    Hi.So happy to find your blog on Pinterest. I so heart this project so I included it on my round-up post about sewing projects you can make for your daughters. You can see the post here,

    Please let me know if I missed something about your blog and do let me know if you want to change or add anything.


    P.s. I’m a new fan ;)

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 14, 2016 at 10:07 am (#

      Thanks for including me, Amber!

  60. Helen posted on June 21, 2016 at 7:53 am (#

    Found this on Pinterest, such a cute little girl. Love the pattern , thanks

  61. Sew Orbit posted on June 21, 2016 at 8:09 am (#

    Jamielyn Nye, How Miss Emmalyn is doing these days? You truly created a masterpiece with polka dot tulle, ribbon, pink and white color combination and hair band. I can’t take my eyeballs off this fantastic post.


  62. Lisa posted on January 27, 2017 at 11:03 am (#

    I know this is an old posting but, I just had to say thanks for the cute tutorial. Your baby is so adorable!