Tutus and tulle skirts are now considered everyday fashion, but they still make great costumes too.

Whichever method you choose, you can quickly and easily create ballerina, princess or fairy costume with a few additional pieces you may already have. Plus, when Halloween is over, you have a frilly skirt to wear or play dress up with.


  • Crochet mesh headbands/stretch material or 7/8-inch satin ribbon
  • Tulle ribbon
  • Fabric tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Ruler/tape measure

Tutu with headband


This style uses a headband or crochet stretch material as a wide waistband.

Measure child’s waist.

  • If using headbands, one should fit up to girls’ size 5; for older girls, use two — cut two headbands at seams and overlap ends while adding tulle.
  • If using stretch material, subtract 1 inch from waist measurement and overlap ends when adding tulle

  1. Decide how long you want your tutu skirt to hang, double that number and cut tulle ribbon into strips at that length. The fullness of your final skirt will determine the number of strips you need.
  2. Fold tulle strip in half; begin at the bottom edge of the headband and insert fold into a hole.
  3. Pull tulle ends through loop until even and pull tightly to create a slip knot.
  4. Skip the next hole and repeat. Move up to the next row of holes once you make it all the way around. Repeating with additional layers and colors until completed.

Tutu with ribbon


This style uses the ribbon as a waistband. As above, begin by measuring child’s waist; then add 12 inches; double that number and cut ribbon to that length. Example: Waist is 124 inches: (12 + 12 = 24) x 2 = 48 inches.

  1. Fold ribbon in half and tie a knot approximately 1 inch from center, forming a loop with two tails.
  2. As with headband, decide how long you want your tutu skirt to hang, double that number and cut tulle ribbon into strips at that length.
  3. Fold tulle strip in half; start at knot and tie a slip knot in tulle around each ribbon.
  4. Repeat until you have enough tulle to go around child’s waist. — Refer to calculation above.
  5. Tie a double knot in ribbon at the end. Trim ends of ribbon if needed.
  6. To wear, pull one ribbon tail through loop and tie tails into a bow.

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