How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

Before Lil’ J was born I already had about six tutus and three tutu dresses made for her. I posted a tutu making tutorial already, but tutu dresses are even more fun, especially for little babies and in my opinion, they’re easier to make! So here’s are my instructions for how to make a tutu dress.

I didn’t want to pay $40+ on something I could make for $5 so I learned how to make them myself.

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

I was making one for my friend While Sol Sleeps, so I took photographs along the way to show you how it’s done.

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

First, what you’ll need is tulle, a crocheted tube top (which can be made of you cut the tie at the end of a big beanie, or you can buy 6in crocheted headbands here), tulle, scissors, and whatever embellishments you want: flowers, ribbon, etc.

1. Cut the tulle in lengths that you like. I buy my tulle by the roll at Hobby Lobby. It’s rolled up 6in wide which is perfect for tutus. Then I cut the strips 20in long since it’ll be folded in half and become a 10in tutu.

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

2. Fold a tulle strip in half, and push the hoop part through a bottom crochet hole in the tutu top.

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

3. Pull the other end of the tulle through the loop to make a easy knot, pull it tight.

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

4. Repeat all the way around the crocheted top.

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

5. Add the flower, and ribbon embellishments to finish it off. I make the flower detachable on a silver hair clip so it can be a hairbow, or clip onto the dress!How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial
What do you think? Don’t think you can make one? Ourlittletutus.com sells cute tutu dresses for an affordable price!

Also, I’ll give away a small pink and black tutu dress to a commenter who comments on this post before November 1st. Lil’ J wore it once to model for this picture, then out grew it! {Giveaway Closed}

How to make a tutu dress: Easy tutu dress tutorial

Update: NEW Disney Princess Tutu Dress Tutorials
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That is just way too cute!! She’s adorable! It was great to see you on Saturday even if we didn’t get to “meet.” I can’t wait to read your story on it!

xoxo

Mrs Scratch says:

Such an adorable idea. Might have to go check out hobby lobby now. 😀

Michelle says:

Cute! Never thought of a tutu dress but love the idea.

MarciaG says:

CUTE!! My friend just had a baby girl this morning…this would be an awesome gift! Thanks for the chance. 🙂

April says:

Wow that is so adorable!! I am definitely going to try and make one! And Lil’ J is the perfect model for them!!

I didn’t realize how eay it was to make those!! It’s super cute too. I’d love to win that dress u made… hopefully it’ll fit K.

Sandy says:

I love it! That is just too cute! I must make one for my sweet baby girl!

These tutu’s are too adorable! Love the pink and black tutu ~ Thanks for a great “tutu-torial”!!! ~Marcy

anne maskell says:

Oh so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

Em says:

I think that dress is adorable. Thanks for the tip!

~E~

Jennifer says:

She is just so cute, and even cuter in person. Glad I got to see you for a few minutes.

I love that dress! I have never seen them made with crocheted headbands before. That is such a great idea!!!!!!

Brittany says:

Cute, I will have to make one for my little girl coming in two months!

LiciaLee says:

FUn. I made a tutu dress yesterday… not quite the same way, but I may have to try that way too. Super adorable. 😀

Al says:

How adorable! Excellent job – does it come in my size?

Laura says:

This is just adorable!!

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Bella says:

So adorable and girly! I have three boys and I’m due with twins in a few weeks! Your blog especially makes me hope there’s a girl in there for me!

So cute! I have GOT to figure out how to be so crafty!

Donene says:

How adorable! Thanks for the fun tutorial!

Steff says:

My sister is having a girl in January and she would LOVE this! It’s so cute. =]

Tractor Mom says:

This is too cute but my boys would not look right in a tutu. Come to think of it, I don’t think their Daddy would either….

April says:

Aww! I love tutu dresses too! I am about to make my first one! It is going to be a little different from yours…the whole thing will be made from tulle and I will be posting a tutorial on it. I will also be giving away an autumn themed pettitutu and posting a tutorial on how to make them the first week in nov…I hope youll check it out and enter the giveaway!

Wow – so cute! I bet I could even do that!

Quiana says:

pink’s my favorite color and my chubbzy would look so cute in this!

this is so cute! I just had a baby girl after having two boys so I’m all into all things girlie and frilly!

i always wondered how they made these. you’re too creative!

theresa says:

“tutu” cute seems easy enough my next project!
Thanks

Sharie says:

This is absolutely adorable. I can’t wait to attempt this!!

Amy McKillip says:

Any tips on making this style dress for a 3-4 year old?

elizabeth says:

this tutu dress is really cute my one month old little girl would look so adorable in it… looks really easy to make but i dont have to time…

I have a shop in San Antonio, TX and we make tutu dresses, tutus bubble dresses, and more. This is the first time that I saw it made with the crochet band. Too cute!

I have a shop in San Antonio, TX and we make tutu dresses, tutus bubble dresses, and more. This is the first time that I saw it made with the crochet band. Too cute!

Sharie says:

This is absolutely adorable. I can’t wait to attempt this!!

Jennifer says:

She is just so cute, and even cuter in person. Glad I got to see you for a few minutes.

These tutu’s are too adorable! Love the pink and black tutu ~ Thanks for a great “tutu-torial”!!! ~Marcy

April says:

Wow that is so adorable!! I am definitely going to try and make one! And Lil’ J is the perfect model for them!!

I didn’t realize how eay it was to make those!! It’s super cute too. I’d love to win that dress u made… hopefully it’ll fit K.

Anonymous says:

Thank you soooo much for posting this. I have been trying to find out how to make these sense the first time i seen one. They are sooo cute thanks again your AWESOME!!!!

Erin says:

Do you use the whole spool of tulle when making the dress? I buy it off of the bolt, but I was wondering if it would be cost effective to buy the spool of tulle.

I compared the cost and the spools were cheaper for me! 🙂

Kathryn says:

that is ADORABLE! I wish I had thought to do it when my daughter was a baby!

Candida Holtzclaw says:

I’m totally loving that you were savvy enough to start creating your own. Thanks so much for this tutorial, I might actually be able to stay home with my kids now!!!! ~Candida

I cant believe how easy these adorable dresses are to make! Amazing and you are so good! Thanks for the tutu dress tutorial!

Anonymous says:

Thank You SOOO much for showing how to make this halter style tutu dress! Yours is just beautiful!!! I have been making tutu for a couple of months now…. kinda learning better tricks as I go. I am just getting ready to try my hand at a tutu dress for my grandaughter’s 5th month pics. Tutu pics for each month is kind of a fun idea. Thanks again for the instructions.
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Hopie says:

First off let me just say WOW! You are very talented. This is the first time I have seen this and I Love it. I love to crochet and do crafty things but have never attempted anything like this. I read the information and for some reason I think I am missing something. What type of yarn are you using to crochet the top, it looks almost stretchy, also where can i find the pattern for the top 🙂 Thank you so much and I am extremly excited to make one of these 🙂 Thanks for posting it 🙂

Vicki says:

I have a question. Do you skip a few holes when putting the tulle on the crochet tube top? Like do you do every other hole?

Hopie, I didn’t crochet the top, I bought it as a beanie and cut it opwn. Vickie, yes, sometimes I skip holes, it just depends on how it’s looking. i play it by eye 🙂

Nicole Said….
I was wondering could I use one of the crouched headbands for the top? I have ones that are stretched out and I can’t use for my girls heads anymore? This tutu dress is so cute by the way. Thanks for the tips and pointers.

As a matter of fact you can! I’d just make the tulle a little longer for the skirt. It’ll be empire-waistish 🙂

I was wondering if you knew how to make them with material instead of the crochet top. I love this idea but I want to make one for my daughters birthday in December, but the crochet will be too cold.

Thank you.

Melissa Sue says:

You are SO talented!! This is gorgeous!! Look how pretty the colors are together, and it looks like it fits the little girl perfectly..and I love the little flower you put on the side, it completes the whole dress!!! BEAUTIFUL job!!

Teann says:

I love this! It’s so gorgeous! I am definitely going to try to make this for my little princess. I’m just wondering though…my baby girl is in 12-18 months now and I am wondering if the 10 inch length would be too short. What size was this for originally?

Mommy Jes says:

hi, may i ask where to buy tutu tops like that in your design? Thanks! 🙂 tried to click the link you gave but its no longer available

jetz says:

Hi, I was just wondering if you put your tulle strips through every hole all the way around or if you skip holes or just put pieces here or there. Thank you

Baby Making Mama says:

Almost every hole, if I skip I do it and try not to make it so noticeable by fluffing it out. Goodness, you asked this a long time ago. Sorry for the late reply!

Baby Making Mama says:

I know you asked this years ago I’m sorry… I skip some holes 🙂

Thank you for this simple and straightfoward tutorial. The result was so cute! I’m sharing it in mu blog. Check it out! É feito dom amor!

Misty says:

This is super adorable!!!

Sydney says:

I love this idea!! I’m doing a big fantasy fairy birthday party for my daughter’s first birthday, and I can’t wait to start making this dress!!

You’ve made some really good points there. I looked on the web to find out more about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.

Jennifer Pugh says:

That is so cute! I will try to make it for my cousin’s daughter. She is one month old but she is so tiny. Do you have anything for bigger girl like 3 yrs old that can wear it as a dress? My 3 and 7 yrs old love to wear tutu! 🙂

Karissa Myers says:

I love tutus on little girls!! I have made some for my girls before, but couldn’t figure out how to get a crochet top big enough for a 7, 3, and 2 year old without it having tons of holes showing. Any advice? If so email me (: BTW, have you seen the super hero inspired tutu dresses? ADORABLE! You do a fantastic job at making them for your precious baby (:
Karissa

Cassy says:

Ahhh I love it! You have brought a a crafter I never knew I had in me!!

Zabina S. says:

I am tying to find out if they sell the bands big enough for my 12 y/o girl

Amy says:

I love this little tutorial on the tutu dress. I have been asked to make one for my friends little girl’s first Birthday, but Wonder Woman theme. I am very excited to make it for her after seeing this. I Crochet a lot but never really messed with tulle. This how to has comforted me that this shouldn’t be so hard. Thank you for sharing this fabulous idea! Can not wait. I will post a picture when I am done!!
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Melissa says:

I just bought two of these at a fair a lady made for $25 each.

Macy says:

Your a life saver. Need Halloween costumes but I look up prices and they are over $100! I am going to ATTPEMT to make it. Thanks for all the good tips.

nay says:

this is sossososososososo cute i have to make one

Nikki Gibson says:

I went out this morning and bought a couple of headbands, satin ribbon and some fabric (think we must have a tulle shortage as I had to go to three different places to track some down and even then they hardly had any left!) and whipped up not one but two of these lovely little dresses for my three year old and 17 month old in the space of an hour. The girls were delighted when they got home and saw their new “fairy princess” dresses and I thoroughly enjoyed myself too. I already have two requests from friends to make their daughters similar ones! Thank you for such an easy to use tutorial 🙂 xxxx

Baby Making Mama says:

Nikki, I’m SO happy to hear that!! Good job mama! Feel free to email me some pics of your finished product, I’d love to see it!

Stacey Christie says:

Thank you for the tutorial it is amazing. Definitely given me the confidence to try make them for my little girl x

Baby Making Mama says:

I’m so happy to hear that! Enjoy, and let me know how it does!

Kristy Martin says:

I love this!!

Jennine Osborne says:

love it. So adorable!

Baby Making Mama says:

Thanks Jennine!

I am so glad I found this post. It is so nice to have pictures with the explanation to see if I am doing it right!! Thank you so much it was very very helpful and you make such beautiful dresses!!!! =]

I thank you so much for sharing with me and I will try to make this for my grand baby birthday I wish you were a round thanks alot

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Emeline says:

I’m impressed! You’ve managed the almost impessiblo.

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