Monday, July 6, 2015

DIY No-Sew Patriotic Baby Tutu

We had a great Fourth of July! It was wonderful that the holiday fell on a Saturday, because that meant that Brad also got Friday off, so we enjoyed a long weekend together. We were able to spend it with family which was perfect! We had two BBQs and entirely too much food. But most importantly, we remembered and talked about how grateful we are to live in this free land. For us, our religious liberties are especially important and we are so grateful to live in a land where we can worship God and follow Jesus Christ and teach Kymri to do the same. How blessed we are!

For Kymri's first fourth of July, I just had to make her a special outfit. I searched pinterest and settled on a tutu. I read a number of tutorials and then combined some ideas to make my own no-sew (almost) patriotic baby tutu.

This tutu is super easy to make. Seriously... if I can do it, anyone can! It came together, start to finish in about 45 minutes. I'm sure you super crafty ladies out there can whip it up even faster. And the entire thing only cost me $7 to make, and I had enough tulle to make at least two more tutus if I had wanted to! So grab some friends and this would only cost you about $2 each!

You will Need:
  - Three Spools of tulle in red, white, and blue (or any colors if you aren't looking to make the patriotic variety)
  - 15" ish of 1/2" elastic (measure your baby)
  - Needle and thread (or fabric glue if you want a 100% no-sew option). (I prefer needle and thread)
  - Scissors
  - Cardboard cut based on baby's measurements (also optional, but it makes the project much easier)

Since I was in the middle of feeding Kymri on the 3rd and my time window to get this done was narrowing, I sent Brad to JoAnn's to do my shopping. He sent picture after picture of all the different shades of tulle until I settled on the right combination. Bless him!

First, measure your baby's waist. There is a measurement guide here, but I still suggest measuring. My little one is quite solid and holds her weight in her belly, so I used almost 15 inches instead of the recommended 13 for a 3 month old. I also liked my tutu longer than suggested in the sizing guide, but it will give you a starting point. Cut your elastic to the right size and either sew it together or glue it using fabric glue if you're looking for a completely no-sew project. I suggest a quick stitch

Decide how long you want your tutu. I chose 8" which you need to double for cutting since you will be folding it in half.

Next, you need to cut your tulle. The easiest way to do this is using a piece of cardboard.  The length of the cardboard should be the same length that you decided before plus a half inch and the width should be anything wider than your tulle. I used a diaper box (heaven knows we have plenty of those hanging around) and it was the perfect length and width, at about 8.5" x 15"

Take your first color of tulle and wrap it around the cardboard. This will automatically double the length which is great! Wrap around 17 times (adjust depending on the length of elastic).

Slide scissors through all layers on ONE side and cut. This will give you 17 pieces of tulle at 16" (or whatever length you chose) each. Repeat for other colors.

Stretch your elastic over something to hold it in place. I just used my cut cardboard, but in retrospect, I wish I had used a canister or something round to make it easier to work with. The cardboard did the job.

Next take one piece of each color, layering them on top of each other, fold in half, and bunch.

Slide the folded side under your elastic.

Bring the tails up over the elastic and through the loop of the fold and pull snug.

It's okay that it looks a little purple. That will go away when we fluff at the end. Continue this process all the way around your elastic, alternating the order that you stack your colors (red-white-blue, then white-blue-red, then blue-red-white, etc). This will ensure that each color is spread out through the tutu and not all on the top/middle/bottom).

Once you are all the way around the elastic, remove the tutu from the cardboard and fluff, pulling on the tulle so that the tutu becomes nice and full.

If you want to make a bow to go with it, that's super easy.

Tie three pieces of tulle together in a knot. Fold at the knot and cut to desired length. Fluff.

You can then hot glue it to a headband with a little bit of felt.

Kymri loved her tutu and everyone thought she was the cutest patriotic baby!

Let me know if you make your own tutu and how it turns out!


  1. This is cute, easy and reasonably priced! Love it! Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Thanks Charlotte! It really is a fun and simple project and you can't beat the price!

  2. I made one of these for my daughters Halloween costume last year! Any outfit looks better with a Tutu!!

    1. You are so right! A tutu makes any outfit even better. I can't wait to make some more!

  3. So cute! I love babies in tutus, nothing better. :) And what an awesome hubby for running a JoAnn's errand for you! That's true love. :)

  4. How adorable is this!! Just think of all the ones you can make for each and every holiday! And it was much easier to accomplish than I thought.

    1. Exactly, Stephanie!! I'm already picturing future tutus! They come together so quickly that I won't be able to help myself!

  5. I love no-sew tutus. What a great Idea for holiday wear. She is such a cutie too!

  6. your baby is adorable! I also need to start making these for my baby girl!

  7. She looked adorable! That's exactly how I make mine, and they all last for a long time!

  8. Hey! Beautiful tutu! Thanks for posting!


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