Tulle skirts, a kind of tutu, are fun, fancy, inexpensive and easy to make yourself. Since they are perfect for anyone, from a blossoming ballerina to a cool punk rocker, tulle skirts make wonderful gifts. All you need is the right fabric, a little hand-sewing experience, and a few quick tricks to give your finished skirt a wonderful stylistic flair.

Things You'll Need

Plan to make your tulle skirt by hand. Many people find that tulle fabric gets caught up in the pin mechanism of a sewing machine far too easily. Making a tulle skirt is simply forming a waistband and attaching any accessories to the fabric, a task that is easily done by hand. When purchasing your tulle fabric, look for the lighter, softer tulle, rather than a heavy and scratchy fabric.

Leave the tulle fabric folded in half (it usually comes folded) to create an extra-puffy look. If you don’t want such a puffy skirt, unfold the fabric and cut it according to the desired size.

Fold the ribbon in half. Iron it crisp.

Gather the tulle to form a loop that will serve as the skirt’s waist. The length of the edge you gathered should roughly equal the waist measurement of the person who will be wearing the skirt. Allow an extra half-inch in length for a regular-fitting tulle skirt, and add one extra inch to make a skirt with a bustled, billowy effect. Fold the ribbon along the edge of the tulle you just gathered to form the waistband and secure it in place using pins.

Sew the ribbon into place using top-stitch, closing off the gap between the ribbon and the tulle. Secure the ribbon by sewing its bottom edge to the tulle, as well.

Use the loose ends of the ribbon to tie the skirt into place around the wearer’s waist.


  • You can give tulle skirts a bustled effect by sewing hooks and eyes over the ribbons to secure them in place permanently, rather than leaving them hanging to serve as drawstrings.

References and Resources

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How To Top-Stitch By Hand