A DIY Tulle Skirt

A tulle skirt for all occasions –  a tutorial

I remember vividly the first time I gave my older girl a tulle skirt. Her glowing eyes, her happiness, it’s an image I won’t forget… She was three at the time and she loved to spend her day dancing around all over the house pretending she was a ballerina, so I thought a tulle skirt was the perfect gift for her. Some time later, when she was four we put her on ballet classes and she was oh-so thrilled!

The truth is, every little girl (hmm, every grown up girl too! :) ) loves tulle skirts! And they are so fun to make and so versatile! You can make them for dance classes, for a fancy outfit, just for playing around the house, or… for a costume!

You can get tulle in several colors, so depending on the theme or character you choose you can make a fun tulle skirt or dress! Think blue tulle for a Frozen inspired dress, a black one for a Halloween witch costume, an orange skirt for a cute pumpkin costume, a yellow skirt for a Snow White costume… The possibilities are endless!

That first tulle skirt I gave her was not made by me. (Shame on you, mom! I know…) I had never sewn with tulle before and I always procrastinate when I have to make something for the first time… (I wonder if I am the only one here…) Until I make it and realize how easy and fun it was and laugh at myself for not having made it before…

Today I am sharing with you how to make an easy tulle skirt in a few different ways and options!

We will start by making the tulle skirt and then we can sew it to a t-shirt to make a full costume – it is great for a last minute princess costume! – or to some leggings, so our little girls can play around, jump and run with no problem! 

Basic Quick Tulle Skirt Tutorial

You will need:

1 to 3 yards of tulle (It depends on the girl’s waist size and how much gathering you would like it to have. For this tutorial I have used 1 yard for a 21 inch waist.)

2-inch elastic with waist measurement width

 How to make it:

 1. Fold the tulle. Depending on how long you want the skirt to be, you can fold it in two, three or four layers. I was able to fold it parallel to the length, so I have it folded twice – four layers – for a length of about 13.5 inches (tulle usually is 54” wide, so 4x 13.5”). If you need to cut it, then cut it folded with a rotary cutter along a ruler. Cut desired length + 1 inch.

2. Pin one of the long edges and run a gathering stitch (maximum length) about 1/2 inch from the edge.

3. Pin sides and stitch with a 3/8” seam allowance. (Make sure not to catch the gathering thread.) 

4. Gather skirt by pulling the bobbin threads.

Note: Personally I find it easier doing this way with tulle, but you can stitch the sides together first and then stitch and gather the upper edge.

5. Grab the elastic and overlap raw edges by 1/2 inch. Zig zag stitch on both edges.
 
6. Pin tulle to the inside of the elastic. Adjust gathering. Stitch with a zig zag stitch or with a stretch stitch.
 
You’re done! 

Note: If you find that the tulle raw edge on the inside is a bit itchy (when in direct contact with the skin), you can enclose it with bias tape by sewing folded bias tape around the raw edge.

Note: If you want a no see-through skirt you need to either add several more layers of tulle or you can make a simple fabric skirt to add as a bottom layer. You can either make a simple gathered skirt pattern (like this) or a circle skirt pattern (like this) for a fuller skirt.

Tulle-skirt Dress Tutorial

If you want to make a princess dress or a costume in 10 minutes this is what you need! Make a quick tulle skirt, grab a tee, sew both together and voilá!

You will need: 

One tulle skirt  and one t-shirt (chose the color according to the princess or character dress you want) – it can be color blocked or you can embellish it previously, with an aplique or a freezer paper stencil.

How to make it:

If you wish to hide the elastic (like I did), pin the tee to the tulle skirt wrong side of tee with right side of skirt. Then, stitch it on the right side, stretching the elastic carefully.

Tulle Skirt + Leggings Tutorial

You can attach some leggings to your tulle skirt! It makes it more warm and comfortable.

You will need:

Some leggings and a tulle skirt.

How to make it:

Pin the leggings to the skirt. Stitch with a zig zag stitch or a stretch stitch about .5 inch from edge. 

You’re done!

 

No-Sew Tulle Skirt Tutorial

If you are looking for a no-sew tulle skirt, check this great tutorial by Amy! 

I made this tulle skirt for my younger girl who turned three last August. Can you tell how happy she is? She is such a doll! (And no, I am not biased… :) )

Feel free to head over Made by Sara or email me to mail (dot) sarahandmade (at) gmail (dot) com if you have any question. I will be more than happy to answer it and get in touch! 

Happy sewing!

 

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Happy mom to three amazing kids and wife to (the) one. :) Former scientist and content editor and director, now stay-at-home mom. Sewing addict and passionate about handmade, homemade and heartmade.

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