My daughter Neveah is turning three on April 4, and every year I like to do mommy and me pictures with her. This year I wanted to have matching mommy and me tutus.
Well, I searched high and low all over the internet and in stores to no avail.
Etsy had some beautiful tutus, but for the adult size ones they were pricey (about $200). I just can’t see myself spending $200 on a tutu that I’m only going to wear for pictures just once.
I hopped on the internet again did a search for “how to make a tutu”, and voila YouTube videos popped up! Even better there’s a thing called a no sew tutu! YAY!!! I don’t know how to use a sewing machine to save my life, so a no sew tutu was the way for me to go.
I was pleasantly surprised that the whole process takes a little less than an hour and thankfully our mommy and me tutus turned out pretty good. I’m going to share with you guys how I made my adult size tutu as well as Neveah’s toddler size tutu.
- Two tulle rolls ( I used 12 inches x 65 yard rolls). I purchased them from Wal-Mart in the wedding section for $5.00 The standard tulle size is 6 inches by 25 yards. I recommend using the 12 inch x 65 yards if you’re planning on making an adult tutu otherwise you’re going to need at least 4-6 rolls of the standard size.
- A pair of fabric scissors
- One 1 or 1 1/2 inch elastic. I used a 1 inch elastic because I’m thin. If you’re a bit bigger I would use a 1 1/2 inch or even a 2 inch elastic just so it holds on better. I purchased mine from Wal-Mart in the fabric/craft section for $1.77. You can also use satin ribbon if you don’t want to use an elastic.
- For Neveah’s tutu skirt I used two rolls of 6 inches x 65 yards of tulle fabric. I also purchased her tulle from Wal-Mart in the wedding section for $2.00 a roll. I used the same 1 inch elastic for hers as well; however, I would actually recommend using a 1/2 inch elastic for a toddler. I was just being cheap and didn’t want to buy two different size elastics 😀
- If you don’t have a mannequin don’t worry you can use a large cardboard piece or you can use yourself or a friend as a model.
*As of 2017 some of the original photos attached to this post were lost. I apologize and hope the written instructions are thorough enough to understand.
Cut your elastic about an inch longer than your waist size. You can either tie the ends together or quickly use a needle and thread to sew them together. I tied the ends together.
Grab a length of tulle and fold it over, then measure it against your model to see how long the pieces will be that you have to cut. For an adult tutu I recommend triple folding it like in the picture below if you want it to be nice and fluffy.
Cut and continue to repeat until all tulle fabric is cut.
Take a piece of tulle and loop it around the elastic, pulling the ends through the loop.
Pull to tighten the loop. Do not tighten it too tightly though, tighten it just enough so that it’s snug.
Continue looping the tulle pieces onto the elastic until they are all gone.
Adjust the elastic as necessary and make sure your tulle pieces are all evenly spaced.
For your toddlers tutu you’re going to follow the same instructions as above except instead of triple folding the tulle pieces you’ll only need to double fold them.
And, voila you’re done.
Neveah is so excited about her tutu that she calls it her princess dress.
I also made matching mommy and me Lana Del Ray inspired flower headbands. Etsy sells these for $30-70. I bought all the flowers and two plain headbands from the dollar store! A total of $6 for mine and Neveah’s headbands. I just took the flowers off the stems and hot glued them to the plain headband.
We’re going to be doing our mommy and me photo shoot next weekend. I plan on pairing the tutu skirts with matching denim shirts (if I can find some in mine and Neveah’s size). I will post the pictures from our mommy and me shoot as soon as I get them, so you guys can see how our lovely tutus photograph.
Here are some photos from our shoot…