Throwback Thursday: No Sew Ribbon Tie Tutu

This is a tutorial that first went up on the old blog back in April of 2012. This is still a super fun project, and my niece still has her tutu! She loves it. So, without further ado, here are the instructions on how to make this gorgeous beast!

Tutorial: How to Make a Ribbon Tie Tulle Tutu

We’ve decided as mentioned in our earlier post that we need to teach people a little something about some of the craft products we carry. There are lots of really cute things you can make relatively easily and inexpensively on your own, and we’d love to share some ideas with you.

So, today I want to show you how to make a simple ribbon tie tutu. Learning how to make a tutu is really very easy.  There are other variations on this, you can even use elastic if you have it. I love this idea because you can use any colors you want, just as puffy as you like, and really personalize your own creations.

You will need:

6″ X 25 Yd Rolls of Wholesale Tulle (I used 4 rolls–Purple, Lavender, Light Green, and Turquoise–that’s a new color! I didn’t end up using the white pictured.) The amount you need will depend on the size of girl and length of tutu you are making. This was for a 7 year old girl, whose waist was about 24″, and the length is approx. 13”.  You can make just a tutu skirt with a shorter length or a tutu dress with a bit of a longer length.  Just measure against the person you wish to make this for.

Grosgrain Ribbon (I used 7/8″ Solid Purple Grosgrain)


Scrap Piece of Cardboard


Cut a piece of cardboard about the length that you would like your skirt to be, adding an extra inch for tying and fluff factor.

Wrap your tulle around the cardboard lengthwise. I just used the whole roll, so I’m not really sure how many times. But you can err on the side of caution and just do a few passes of each color at once.

Cut the tulle on one side of the cardboard. This will give you pieces twice the length of your skirt. This is good. Don’t panic. They are supposed to be that long.

Once all of your tulle is cut, you can cut your ribbon.  Use the waist of the girl you are making the tutu for as a measure. Wrap the ribbon around the waist, then add an extra couple of feet so you’ll have what you need plus enough for tying a nice bow at the end.

Measure about about a foot in (or more if you like) to your ribbon and tie a knot. This is to keep the tool from sliding off of your ribbon. This is the start of the waist on your skirt.

7/8" Grosgrain RibbonTake two pieces of tool and fold them in half creating a loop. Put the loop in back of the ribbon as pictured.

How To Tie a TutuNow take the ends of your tulle up over the ribbon and through the loop. Pull tight. The tighter you pull these knots and push them together, the fuller your skirt will be. If you don’t want it too full, pull your knots a bit looser, but tight enough to stay put.

Knotting a TutuContinue to tie knots alternating colors as you wish. I just did a four color alternating pattern, but you can do it however you like.

Tying a TutuWhen you think you have enough tulle tied on your skirt, hold it up to your recipient’s waist and make sure you are done. Then tie another knot in that end of the ribbon to hold the tulle in place.

Now you can just tie a pretty bow in the back, and you are set! Voila, easy peasy inexpensive custom made one of a kind tutu!

I love the colors of this tutu.  I think it turned out so darling, fun and Spring-y! I simply love this fluffy tutu. Making tutus for your boutique would  be much easier than you think.  If you just don’t have time to make tutus, we also carry wholesale tutus that are only $2.99 each!

Also, if you’re just dying to know how to make that matching hair piece, you can find the tutorial for that here.

Thanks for joining us for this awesome tutorial today. We’d love for you to come back and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

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How to Make a Super Cute Infant Baby Tutu

Tutorial: How to Make a Crochet Headband Baby Tutu

Isn’t this tutu just so super cute? I’m calling it a rainbow sherbet baby tutu lol. Doesn’t it remind you of that yummy desert? I wish I had a baby to put this on….the photo doesn’t do it justice. Maybe I’ll just have to send it to one of you all as a prize so you can send me a photo 🙂

Crochet HB Baby Tutu

This is a super easy, quick, and fun project to make for your little darling. Here are the instructions.


Materials Needed:


About 25 yards of tulle. I used 4 colors, so a little over 6 yards of each color

1.5” Crochet Headband



Step One:

Cut a bunch of strips from your tulle roll. Cut the strips twice as long as you want your tutu to be. I wanted my tutu to be short for a baby, so I cut mine about 10” long. That way my tutu will be about 4.5”-5” long.

*Note* These headbands do stretch quite a bit. So you can make tutus for girls up to about 3 years old or so. You’d just need to adjust the length of tulle you use for how long you want your tutu.


Step Two:

I stretched my crochet headband over a 10” wide cardboard mailing envelope so that I don’t have to try to hold it while I’m trying to add my tulle pieces.


Step Three:

Fold a strip of tulle in half like in a “U” shape. Then pull it through one of the holes in the second row up from the bottom of the headband. You don’t want to use the holes in the bottom row because there isn’t much material to hold your tulle in place and you’ll probably break it (see illustration below).



Step Four:

Pull the length of tulle up through the loop you just made and pull it tight into a knot (thank goodness for pictures, because I don’t think I articulated this step very well 🙂


Step Five:

Repeat step four above alternating colors as desired until your each hole in that second row up has a tulle strip tied to it.


Step Six:

Trim your tulle piece to the look you want. I like mine nice and even, but you could do spike and random as well. Whatever you like–there are not rules here!



Voila! A super fun, easy, and quick tutu!

And, you can make it in any color combination you need!