How to Make a No-Sew Tutu Costume
This huge hit is a must in any colour. We assembled the pumpkin with a stick-on felt face, but you can do an alice-in-wonderland version with powder blue and white tuille and hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades stuck on. I had no idea how easy it would be to make a how to make a no sew tutu. After making it I decided that I need one in black and one in white. Witch, ice-goddess… the possibilities are endless. And so are the dress-up games.
How to Make a No-Sew Tutu Pumpkin or Alice in Wonderland Costume
Time: 1.5 hours
Materials: 14 m tuille (we got the flourescent orange at a pre-hallowe’en sale at the local fabric store at 50% off.
1 inch elastic that is 2 inches smaller (unstretched) than the waist size you desire.
1 square black felt
thread to sew the elastic together if you prefer to do that instead of tying a knot.
How to make a no-sew tutu:
1. Measure the elastic for the waistband.
2. Either tie a knot or sew the ends together so you have a circle of elastic. The child will step into the elastic and this will be the waistband once the tutu is assembled.
3. Slide the waitband onto your thigh. This makes it easy to affix the tuille strips.
4. Keep the tuille fabric folded as you purchased it and cut 3 inch strips from the fold down. This takes a while – especially if you use all 14 metres. It does produce a full, beautiful tea length skirt. You will end up with about a hundred strips, each with a fold at one end and two ends at the other.
5. Working one at a time, slide the folded end of the first strip under the elastic around your leg. Weave the two other ends through the loop. You’ve just tied on your first tutu strand.
6. Continue looping each piece of fabric around the elastic, taking care to stretch the elastic and squish all of the loops together so you can get as many as possible onto your waistband.
7. Cut the face (or Alice in Wonderland shapes) from your black felt and glue to the front.
We shot this costume with Silvia Simpson of Silvia Photography, and added a fabulous green ribbon ‘stem’ to our model. The sky’s the limit!