No-Sew Tutu: Making a hand-me-down costume a little girly

Having two kiddos in under two years means we’re pretty big on hand-me-downs.  I tried to do a lot of things as gender-neutral as possible, but sometimes you just can’t help but want to see your Little Lady with all the girls things.
I couldn’t wait to put my Little Lady in her brother’s giraffe costume.  But it needed a little something…
I picked up two different colors of tulle ribbon. I believe I got about 10 hards of each for about 19 cents a yard. If you are making a tutu for anyone over 1 or 2 years old, I would definitely suggest doubling or tripling that amount.  

I cut a piece of elastic to fit her little waist and left a bit of room to secure it when I was finished. I placed two safety pins through each end and pinned it to the back of the couch. This was such a huge help for keeping it in place and making it nice and easy to knot the tulle to. I really have no idea how else you would do it, so this method kept it in place and kept my comfy on the couch while making it.

I started by folding the tulle in half, and half, and half, and so-on until I had a piece that I thought would be a good size. I kept in mind that, with the way I would be knotting it over the elastic, I would need them twice as long as I wanted the tutu to be. By using a slip knot in the middle, you end up with two long, equal strands hanging down.

To make the slip knot and attach the tulle to the elastic, I folded the tulle piece in half, brought the folded center over the top of the elastic and down around the back. I then pulled the two ends down through the loop that created. It helped to keep the knot neat if I used my fingers to hold it rather than pulling agains the elastic (that will make more sense as you find yourself doing it).

There are two different looks the each side if the knot. One side shows the piece the loops around, but the other side looks a bit neater with just the two ends hanging down. I like this for the outside because it looks a little fuller.

I originally cut my pieces too long, and about halfway through I realized they needed to be smaller to be as full as I wanted. I cut them in half and the tutu ended up about a foot long and sticks almost straight out. Totally cute for this costume, but this is why I recommend way more tulle for older children or a tutu that was not being worn over a costume.

I chose to make mine a no-sew project and just knot the elastic together in the back. This is only a Halloween costume, and the fullness hides it pretty well, but it would be about the easiest thing in the world to just zip the sewing machine over it a couple times.

10 thoughts on “No-Sew Tutu: Making a hand-me-down costume a little girly

  1. Laura @ The Experimental Home

    That is a great idea! I love how the little tutu make the costume totally girlie! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays!

  2. PJ @ Planned in Pencil

    What a great way to reuse a costume and to make it lady like! I’m pinning, and thanks so much for sharing it at the Pinworthy Project Party!

  3. April Hoff

    That’s adorable! I’m about to attack a Halloween tutu project this weekend! 🙂 Thanks for linking up to the “Get Your DIY On” Link up party! Be sure to come back Sunday at 7:00 PM if you have any more spooky outdoor décor!

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