Toddler Tutu Tutorial


I made my Sweet Pea and her friends some tutus recently. She is a dancing fool and obsessed with all things tutus.

I had heard these tutus were very easy to make and I thought I would give them a whirl. And, by golly, they are easy. I love crafts that don’t require a lot of mental attention and I can catch up on TV at the same time. Ever the overachiever, it’s not good enough to just make a tutu, I need to multitask and make a tutu while doing something else to feel good about myself.

There are about 5 million, ba-50-jillion tutorials online about how to make these. I am not going to even waste my time trying to recreate the wheel. But I did look at many tutorials while prepping for this project and I think this , this and this are good ones. If you have found the holy grail of tulle tutu tutorials, please let me know and I will update my links.

Toddler Tutu Tutorial

One tip I will mention that I didn’t see in a lot of tutorials is using an 8×11 folder to cut your strips. Wrap the tulle around the folder, until it’s all used up and then cut through one end. You have all your strips in about 2 minutes. So each strip was about 22 inches long and the width of your roll of tulle.

Toddler Tutu Tutorial

Toddler Tutu Tutorial

I made a tutu for Penelope and several for her friends. They are perfect easy and affordable DIY birthday gifts for toddlers.

Toddler Tutu Tutorial

Toddler Tutu Tutorial

Toddler Tutu Tutorial

I had some tulle left over and sock monkey was surprised with his very own tutu, much to Penelope’s delight.


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  • Amy @ MahliMoo
    June 28, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Your tutu’s look fabulous!

    And thanks for linking to my Tutu tutorial. I hope you found it useful.

    Amy x

  • Haley @ Carrots for Michaelmas
    June 28, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Sooo adorable. Can’t wait till Lucy starts ballet in a year! I am so making her one of these when ballerina fever strikes…

  • Lisa Waszkiewicz
    June 28, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    My daughter only wore tutus and sparkly shoes till she was at least 6. Nothing else would do. And Sock Monkey rocks that tutu!

  • Mishelle
    July 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    I love the folder tip! That would save a lot of time. With 2 girls, we do a lot of tutu’s here!

  • Whitney
    August 21, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Hello! I just happened upon your site and this tutorial, in search of tutu tutes. Where did you get your tulle? I am looking for the sparkle/sequin type of tulle and having at tough time sourcing it!

    • Stephanie
      August 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      I got it at a place called Hobby Lobby. 😉

  • Meghann
    September 27, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    I just made the base of mines after I read your blog. My daughter is turning 2 next weekend and I wanted to make it just for that. Only thing, maybe you should have mentioned what the width of the tulle roll was. I bought mines by the yard that came on some big reams. I cut them at 6″ though. Think I’ll add some ribbons so hers can have a little oomph. This is so adorable. Thanks a lot. 🙂