No-Sew Super Full Tulle Skirt


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Super Full No-Sew Tulle Skirt. Awesome tutorial for making a darling ultra-full tulle skirt without a sewing machine. So easy to make and perfect for dress-up or a fun photo shoot!

I am certainly not a professional photographer, but I do really enjoy taking photos, especially of my friends and family–I call it “mom-tography.” Last fall some close friends asked me to do a family session for their Christmas card photo. They wanted a look that was fun and playful, with a bright pop of color, so we decided to make a big puffy tulle skirt for their little girl to wear.

Your little one will stand out in family photos wearing her cute full tulle skirt (no sewing required)!

Had I known how easy it would be to whip these little puppies up, I would have tried it a long time ago. Their family photos turned out absolutely darling, and I made a mental note to make some full-skirted tutus for my own girls the next time we got around to doing a photo session of our own.

Fast forward almost ten months and here we are.

Luckily this time around I managed to snap actually takes some photos while I was making the skirts, just so you could see how simple they really are. I whipped them both up in about an hour and the girls were so excited about their fancy princess skirts that they happily agreed to pose for me. (P.S. The little jean jackets were a great sale find at the JCrew outlet!)

Here is what you need:

tulle fabric (at least 20 yards per skirt)
elastic (1/2″-3/4″ size is fine)

Measuring the tulle for the super full no-sew skirt.

Step 1:  Grab a length of tulle and fold it over, then measure it against your model to see how long the pieces will be that you have to cut. This is not an exact science, but better slightly too long than too short!

When you cut tulle, it helps to lay it flat on a table.

Step 2:  Cut your first piece based on your measurement, then cut remaining pieces until tulle is all cut.

You can cut through several layers of tulle at once by folding it flat on the table.

Step 3:  Lay pieces flat on top of each other, then cut in half, starting in the middle of the folded edge.

Measure the elastic around your child's waist so you can ensure the full tulle skirt fits.

Step 4:  Measure a piece of elastic around your model’s waist and tie in place. Don’t knot it too tightly, as you may have to adjust it after the skirt is finished.

Loop elastic through the tulle by hand to create the layers of skirt.

Step 5:  Take a piece of tulle and loop it around the elastic, pulling the two ends through the loop as shown.

Loop the tulle and knot it around the elastic.

Step 6:  Pull to tighten loop, but do not tighten all the way until all the tulle is on the elastic so that you can adjust as necessary.

knot the strips of tulle around the elastic to form your skirt.

Step 7:  Continue looping the tulle pieces onto the elastic until they are gone. Make sure tulle is evenly spaced on elastic.

The tulle skirt can be trimmed to adjust the length as needed.

Step 8:  Place skirt on model. Trim bottom of skirt to make it floor length. Adjust elastic as necessary. Tighten tulle loops and you’re done! Whether you want to take your own photos or arrange a professional shoot, these skirts photograph beautifully!

UPDATE:  These photos were shot with my Nikon D3100 DSLR camera fitted with this Nikon Nikkor 24-70 wide angle zoom lens. For the shot of all four of us, I used a tripod and the timer setting on the camera. They were edited using Photoshop and Check out my simple tips for taking better photos here.

These girls look super sweet in their matching full tulle skirts, bows and cute denim jackets.

Tulle skirts are a beautiful princess look for family photos, like this one of my girls with their dad.

The girls really stand out in their full tulle skirts in this outdoor family photo.

The full tulle skirts look adorable in this overhead photo of the two girls.

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Do you consider yourself a “mom-tographer,” or do you prefer leaving it to the professionals?

Even if you don't sew, you can make these darling full tulle skirts; perfect for your next family photo!


  1. Aimilee
    July 22 at 09:23AM

    OMG, your girls are SOOOOO cute! The skirts are adorable! I am totally doing this!

    • Ruth Soukup
      July 22 at 10:48AM

      Thanks Aimilee! Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

  2. Ellen T.
    July 22 at 09:25AM

    What beautiful photos of your family. Did someone take them for you or did you do these yourself? Love the skirts.

    • Ruth Soukup
      July 22 at 10:49AM

      Thank you Ellen! I took them with my camera; we used a tripod & timer for the one with all of us. 🙂

  3. Jennifer Green
    July 22 at 12:57PM

    I can’t believe how easy those look. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

    • Ruth Soukup
      July 23 at 07:40AM

      You’re welcome Jennifer!

  4. Mel
    July 22 at 04:20PM

    Very cute. What do you use to edit your photos?

    • Ruth Soukup
      July 23 at 07:38AM

      Thanks Mel! I use mostly

  5. July 22 at 05:45PM

    thanks for sharing! this is adorable! can’t wait to make one for my little girl!

    • Ruth Soukup
      July 23 at 07:40AM

      You’re welcome Rachel! Let me know how it turns out!

  6. July 22 at 09:51PM

    so adorable. I really want to make one for my toddler now, and try my hand at my own mom-tography. Do you have a fancy camera?

    • Ruth Soukup
      July 23 at 07:40AM

      My camera is a pretty basic DSLR (the Nikon D3100) but I do have a pretty nice lens. I added the details to the post above!

  7. July 23 at 01:05PM

    This is beautiful! I have so much tulle left over from my wedding that may just have to be repurposed this way! 🙂

  8. Michelle
    July 31 at 04:52PM

    I love your tutorial 🙂 I must try to create this soon. I’m trying to purchase the tulle online, but they offer various width sizes (ex. 12″, 18″, 27″, 54″, or 72″). I have no clue which width of tulle you used for your skirt. Can you please help me out. Thanks 🙂

  9. Anonymous
    August 6 at 04:54PM

    Do they have a slip on under the skirt?

  10. Ashlin
    September 8 at 09:13AM

    Yours are soooo cute! Thank you so much for posting this. I am trying to make myself a full-length skirt for Halloween. I bought 25 yds of black tulle. Before I cut anything, I want to understand your instructions completely. If I am measuring the length from my waist to the floor, then folding it over, why am I cutting it in half? Wouldn’t that make it short? This is the time I wish my mother were still living – she was such a great seamstress and could figure measurements in her head! I’m not that good with math. LOL I just want to make sure I don’t mess it up. Thank you for your help! I appreciate it.

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 9 at 09:28AM

      Yes….you need to make the pieces DOUBLE the length from your waist to the floor, then cut them in half! 🙂

      • Anonymous
        June 17 at 10:23AM

        If you cut the double length piece in half when you attach the tulle to the elastic, does that not make it shorter?? Do you fold the cut piece in half to make the loop??

        • BrendaH
          July 11 at 09:01PM

          “then cut in half, starting in the middle of the folded edge.”

          You are thinking about cutting it the wrong way. You want to cut *down* your folded length so that you have two pieces that are both twice the length you want but are only half as wide as the bolt.

          Almost all bolts have the fabric folded over. The instructions don’t *say* to unfold it, but that’s what you do. Unfold and then double over one end to twice your length. Cut. Continue that process. Stack them high and cut them in half starting mid-way through your folds and cutting towards the cut ends.

          • Anonymous
            February 16 at 04:17PM

            BrendaH: Best instructions for the folding and cutting. Thank you.

  11. acire
    September 11 at 09:30PM

    Awesome tutorial! I was trying to find a way to make a full tulle skirt for my Marie Antoinette Halloween costume and I think this, in adult size, will work well.

    • Ashlin
      September 12 at 07:55PM

      Thank you! I’m going to cut my first piece! Thank God for electric scissors! I guess they don’t all have to be perfect, do they? I cut crooked sometimes…. 🙂

  12. Ashlin
    September 12 at 08:34PM

    Help! I measured 4 feet and doubled it. (like the first photo) I then cut where the end piece met the attached tulle. So I had a piece 96 inches long. Then I cut that in half, but now each piece is only 4 feet. I am not understanding how you cut the tulle laid out on the table. Did you UNFOLD the folded piece and THEN cut? If I loop it over the elastic, it’s only going to be 24 inches long. I’m not stupid, but I can’t figure out WHERE you are cutting it in half. I don’t want to cut any more until I can understand. It’s Steps 2 and 3 that I am not understanding. Based on the first photo in Step 1, I can’t see the same length that is up against the little girl on the table. I see SIDE folds but don’t understand where those are coming from. I wish this were a video so I can follow along. 🙁

    • Anonymous
      September 17 at 01:27AM

      She is cutting in half LENGTHWISE to end up with twice as many “strips” of 96 inch, (or whatever your measurement) tulle. Each strip is attached to the elastic using the fold and slide through the loop method. You want the strips double the height from the floor to your waist, but you don’t need them 45″ wide, only about 22 inches … does that make sense?

      • Anonymous
        September 21 at 09:33PM

        So each strip of tulle is 20″ wide? instead of the typical 5″ wide strips for other tutu’s?

    • Katrina
      January 23 at 04:34PM

      I’m so glad you asked this – I’ve been rolling it over and over in my mind, and can’t figure out HOW it will be long enough! Glad I’m not the only one 🙂

      • Anonymous
        February 16 at 04:05PM

        So glad to see others couldn’t understand the instructions and someone clarified. I’m now ready to get started!

        • Lynn
          January 8 at 03:59PM

          Yeah, the instructions didn’t make sense at all.

  13. September 13 at 08:56PM

    I love your idea for the skirts! How hard would it be to figure out the measurements for an adult skirt. I want to make one for myself for Halloween!

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 15 at 01:38PM

      I think it would more or less be the same thing–just double the length from your waist to the floor.

  14. Anonymous
    September 17 at 12:11PM

    How wide did you make each strip of tulle? Cuz i know for alot of tutorials I’ve seen they are like 5″ wide. But i like how these ones turned out and looks like an actual skirt.

  15. Sarita
    September 20 at 02:10AM

    Do you know about how many strips of tulle were used per girl? These girls look about the same size as my niece who I am making this for.

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 20 at 10:39AM

      I didn’t count the number of pieces, but I think I used about 15-20 yards per skirt.

  16. Kira Nichole
    September 20 at 03:18PM

    Hi! My daughter is fourteen but she absolutely loves these. I was wondering about how much tulle would be needed to make one of these for her? She is about 5’4 if that helps. Thank you so much for sharing this technique!

  17. Cassy
    October 6 at 07:13PM

    So cute, I’m making a really. Short one and a long one for Halloween.

  18. CindyTF
    October 10 at 02:03PM

    I’m going to make a costume for my neice 🙂 Just want to be sure of the measurments. If i need a skirt to be 20 inches long, and I buy tulle that is 45 inches wide, my strips should be 40 inches long, and 22.5 inches wide when i attach them to the elastic right? Thanks so much!

  19. October 26 at 04:15PM


    I was just wondering if the 20 yards was for one skirt or two skirts since two are pictured?

    Thank you!


  20. Demi Monfries
    October 27 at 11:44PM

    Hi there these tutu skirts are perfect for a no-sew mum like me! LOL
    Like others here although i get that you measure from the girls waist to the length you want and double so when you loop it over the elastic, “voila” it is the correct length, but how wide are each of the strips? Might try to make one for my daughter for Xmas using 3 colours and interspersing thinner and thicker strips eg one main colour and 2 highlights. Do you think this will work? Also, how was the elastic secured in the end? Did you sew the ends together or is it justed knotted on each time they wear it and if so how do you stop the strips sliding off when its undone?
    Sorry for all the questions but not much money means it must be done correctly first time!!
    Thanks in advance!

    • Claire
      October 30 at 05:00PM

      Hey! I was doing some trial and error with this last night. For a girl’s size, I found that 6″ strips gave me lots of fullness. I also cut thinner and thicker strips in my “highlight” color to keep it interesting. The good news is that small imperfections don’t ruin the skirts. They come out cute & wearable even if you are a DIY novice.
      The elastic: I tied it super tight, but then still felt that wasn’t secure (a bit bulky, too, because I didn’t have thin elastic), so I scrunched all the tulle strips as far away from the elastic joining, untied the knot, left a 1″ overlap, and (messily) tacked around the overlapping part until I was sure it was NOT gonna budge. Then just fluff the strips back around the skirt and hide the Franken-stitched elastic. I hope this makes sense! 🙂

  21. Amber
    October 29 at 11:17PM

    Thanks for posting this! I was able to quickly create my daughter’s skirt for her Halloween costume!

  22. Claire
    October 30 at 04:51PM

    I made two last night for a last-minute costume for myself & 6 year old. Since we were going for a “witch-y” look, I cut some of the strips at odd lengths and angles once the skirt was all done. I also made them black with lime green and hot blue strips. Other than that, I followed the instructions to a tee, and I am so happy with the results! It took me about 3 hours to finish both (I’m not as crafty as Ruth!). They are perfect. I don’t think I will ever buy another $30-40 costume that is mostly tulle again. It’s so easy to make them. Just a note that for an adult skirt, I needed about 25 yards (15 yards of black, and 10 of the lime green accent color) to get the same fullness I got with about 18 yards for the child size version! Thank you so much for this super-easy, super-pretty skirt!

  23. November 1 at 01:14PM

    These are darling. I’m wondering how much they cost to make though, since they need about 20 yards of tulle per skirt and most fabrics are at least a dollar a yard? I’m hoping tulle is super cheap! 🙂

  24. Anonymous
    November 2 at 01:16PM

    Would this work with 6″ tulle doubled over and cut to length or does it have to be wider?

  25. sydney
    November 8 at 08:17PM

    how many yards would u need for a 5’8 girl. my daughter is 15 but she loves these skirts to death!!!

  26. December 13 at 10:24PM

    OMG! Wow… I had no idea that this was soooooo easy.
    I have been wanting to make one for my girls for soooooo long.
    I love sewing and sew every day… However… when i even touch the tulle I get upset at it.
    Thanks for these wonderful tips.
    I will make one this weekend! And do the photoshoot to boot!

    Hugs and Blessings!


  27. January 4 at 12:57AM

    Hi, I have just found you through a Pinterest board. I just absolutely love love love your skirt and the pics of your beautiful family. I have pinned this for use one day Thank you for the tips.

  28. Anonymous
    February 14 at 04:33PM

    This is awesome! Can’t wait to try it!

  29. February 27 at 02:18PM

    Hi! I wanted first of all to thank you for this tutorial and for your beautiful photos, but I’m actually writing to tell you that I’ve made one myself and posted a tutorial where I link back to yours here
    It’s in Italian, but I hope you’ll be happy to know that the “living well spending less” word is spreading on this side of the ocean 🙂

  30. Marsha
    March 29 at 12:08PM

    I have a Glinda the Good Witch costume I made (for myself) years ago, and every time I go to wear it I groan at the bulkiness of the tulle – I now am armed with a GREAT idea on how to make a perfect Glinda skirt! THANK YOU!! I did one of those hit the forehead “why didn’t I think of that?” things.

  31. Parker
    June 26 at 02:40PM

    What were the deminsions for your tulle? 20 yards by __ inches? Sorry to ask, but I am using 6 inch tulle by 100 yards, and need to know if that is enough for a full lenth tutu.

    • Ruth Soukup
      June 27 at 11:55AM

      I didn’t count the number of pieces, but I think I used about 15-20 yards per skirt. Cutting in half LENGTHWISE to end up with twice as many “strips” of 96 inch, (or whatever your measurement) tulle. Each strip is attached to the elastic using the fold and slide through the loop method. You want the strips double the height from the floor to your waist, but you don’t need them 45″ wide, only about 22 inches …
      I hope this helps!

      • Parker
        June 27 at 01:45PM

        So, what would you say about how much AREA you used for each skirt? I’m using 6″ by 100 yards for my tulle, and need to now how much to purchase.

        Thank you for your reply above!


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  34. Anna
    August 27 at 10:53AM

    Hi Ruth! I just want to thank you for an awesome tutu-orial. I found it to be quite easy after taking the time to read and fully understand your directions. My daughter is a princess, so of course she needed this dress! With the help of some imaginery singing birds and mice, it is done.
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  36. Ava Jane
    September 21 at 05:03PM

    Hi! I was wondering how many strips you used per knot? Last year I made a skirt for halloween (very close to this) but I only used one strip per knot and it was very sheer and not full and fluffy like I wanted it to be. Also, how thick was each strip? I am 5’7 and already know that Im going to need about 25 yards of tulle. Thanks for a reply!

  37. September 30 at 11:28PM

    is it normal for the elastic to twist and turn?

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  39. Nanci
    October 10 at 03:08PM

    Instructions for folding and cutting are VERY confusing. Please clarify.

  40. July 22 at 08:07AM

    Hi, I’m making a tutu for a steam punk of Queen of Hearts, It’s way to puffy and I need to tone the puffiness down a little to make the costume look right. What can I do about this. It’s a high low skirt.

  41. September 22 at 11:35PM

    Beautiful! I have never seen long DIY tutus like this before!

  42. Andi
    October 16 at 10:07AM

    this is an awesome tutorial! I am making a super poofy one for my princess peach costume! going to cut super long wide pieces for the underneath and have them get shorter and thinner as the layers get higher and higher!

  43. Rachele
    October 18 at 07:12PM

    Was there any tulle left over when you were finished? I want to make sure I get enough. Thanks!

  44. Anonymous
    October 18 at 09:30PM

    How wide does the tulle have to be?

  45. cassiopée
    February 28 at 02:50PM

    Hey hey hello ! Do you think it would be possible and looks good if I did it on an adult size ? It’s for my birthday party and I’ll turn 17 😉

  46. Reb
    June 27 at 11:39AM

    Those skirts are absolutely adorable. Add I LOVE the colors!
    Where did you buy the tulle?

    • Ruth Soukup
      June 28 at 09:47AM

      I bought my tulle at Jo-Ann Fabrics but I’m sure you can find it at any craft supply store that carries fabric. You can also find it online.

  47. Rb
    June 27 at 05:55PM

    I’m just wondering where you got that beautiful tull?

  48. Dawn
    June 28 at 01:37PM

    Are your strips of tulle for the no sew skirts 6 inches wide?

  49. August 24 at 03:23AM

    Beautiful tutorial and a beautiful tutu skirt!  Love it. Thank you

  50. Ceci Groce
    June 12 at 05:00PM

    cant figure out step 3… Is it 54 inches spread out in 5 foot pieces as in my 2 1/2 long tutus equaled 5 ft lengths. then cutting the 54 wide pieces…

  51. March 8 at 08:51PM

    I just love the great tips and ideas! Keep up the great work.

  52. jade
    March 13 at 09:23AM

    wow, thanks! can you use this as a petticoat?

  53. Elizabeth
    April 13 at 01:14AM

    So I seen this post an wanted to make my girls dresses like That as well but I also wanted to make mine too out of the tulle for my wedding this year in june. Do ypu think it would look good in a full length dress? Or any ideas about it

  54. Kruise
    June 2 at 08:07AM

    Could we use this as a can can skirt

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