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DIY Baby Tutu

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Create a sweet DIY Baby Tutu following this tutorial. Discover the trick for sewing a tiny rolled him in tulle and netting!

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Pink baby tutu lays on a wood surface next to a pair of gray baby shoes.

Good morning! I’m back today with the seventh day of a handmade holiday…a DIY Baby Tutu! While this isn’t an all out Christmas project, this tutu would make an adorable handmade gift! I made this pink one for my daughter a couple months ago and love how cute it looks. I bought red tulle to make a second one for Christmas.

What I love about this tutu is how small and soft it is. I have seen lots of adorable tutus out there, but a lot of them are so poofy and large! They are probably meant more for special occasions or photoshoots. This tutu tutorial is for a short tutu that is perfect for everyday use. It is short so it doesn’t get in the way of important baby activities, like crawling and rolling. Because it is so short (and sheer), it really should be worn over leggings or pants.

For this tutu I actually repurposed a baby dress from Old Navy my daughter grew out of. The dress fabric matched a lot of the onesies we had, so I figured why not make it into a tutu skirt! It was definitely worth it, because is getting a lot more use from the tutu than if it remained a dress sitting in a box unused.

Pink baby tutu lays on a star background next to gray baby shoes.

The trick to keeping this tutu easy is to make it with Ban-Rol. An amazing sewing product I just recently learned about and really enjoyed trying out on this project. I purchased it in October when I was doing a bridal alteration on a dress with several layers of chiffon. I was dreading hemming the chiffon when I found a tutorial on hemming a silk handkerchief using Ban-Rol. It worked perfectly for the bridal alteration and I was so excited I wanted to try it again with a baby tutu.

*Update: Ban-Rol can be a little tricky to find right now. You can search “ban-rol sewing tape” and see what your buying options are. I paid under $10 for mine from a seller on Etsy who is no longer selling it. As of his update, you can purchase it from a shop called Starmalia. Ban-Rol is reusable as long as you are gentle with it. I have used mine several times on multiple projects. 

A pink tutu with pink tulle flower sewn to the waistband.

Supplies Needed for DIY Baby Tutu:

  • Tulle or mesh fabric
  • Cotton fabric in a coordinating color
  • 3/4″ elastic
  • Ban-Rol for finishing the hem – search for “Ban-rol sewing tape” online. Try this Etsy shop, Starmalia.
  • Sewing notions: thread, pins, needle, scissors, ruler

Supplies Needed for baby tutu are laid out on a table and labeled.

STEP 1: Cut the fabrics. This tutu is two layers of mesh or tulle with a cotton elastic waistband. Cut your fabric to the following dimensions. These dimensions worked well for a 9 months/12 months size. You can fit the elastic to whatever size you’d like though, so these measurements could work for multiple sizes.

  • Top layer of tulle: 5.5″ x 29″ (includes a 1″ hem)
  • Bottom layer of tulle: 6.5″ x 29″ (includes a 1″ hem)
  • Cotton waistband, cut 2: 2.5″ x 20″
  • Waistband tulle used to cover the cotton fabric, cut 2: 2.25″ x 20″

To create the cotton waistband covered in tulle, I’d recommend first cutting the cotton pieces to size, and then pinning them, or sewing them, to the tulle and cutting the tulle down to size after. This will be easier! You can see exactly how I did this in step 5.

STEP 2: After cutting the fabric, the next step is to hem the two layers of tulle.  This is when using the Ban-Rol will really come in handy!! On each layer, mark a hem line 1″ from the long edge of the fabric. This line is your hem line and you should use it to line up your Ban-Rol. For instructions on using the Ban-Rol to hem your tulle, check out the following two tutorials. They explain things very clearly! I have included pictures of my process so you can see what it looks like using the mesh fabric!

The edge of tulle fabric is stitched to a length of ban-rol.
Sewing machine stitching chiffon fabric with ban-roll.

The edge of tulle fabric is stitched to a length of ban-rol.

I needed to sew two pieces together for each layer since I was repurposing the Old Navy baby dress. Pictured below are the four lengths of fabric I hemmed using the Ban-Rol! I love how perfect and tiny the hems are! :) Layers of pink tulle with tiny hems.

STEP 3: Each layer needs to be stitched into a tube. I chose to do french seams since the fabric is sheer. This isn’t completely necessary as the tulle and mesh shouldn’t fray. I like the way the french seams look! 

A french seam is shown on a piece of pink tulle.

Layers of tulle are neatly folded on a table.
STEP 4: Stitch the two layers together along the top edge (opposite the hem) using a gather stitch, or long running stitch, on your machine. Layer them as you want them to appear. Lay the short layer, right side up, on top of the long layer, also facing right side up. Stitch at 1/4″ from the edge. I lined up my french seams.

Two layers of pink tulle are stacked with pins holding them along the top edges.
STEP 5: Create the waistband. First sew the long piece of cotton fabric into a tube. I did a normal seam at 1/4″.  I decided to cover my waistband in the tulle so it would all match. To do this, I laid the tulle over the waistband and stitched very close to the edge, at about 1/8″ on either edge of the waistband. Once the tulle was stitched down, I cut it to the same size as the cotton waistband. Doing the waistband this way eliminates any possibility of the tulle being misshapen or cut wonkety!

Layer of pink tulle is laid on top of fabric waistband.

A layer of tulle fabric is trimmed with a sewing scissors.

STEP 6: Gather the skirt to the waistband! Gather the skirt to the waistband, right sides together. I found my half way points and continued to find the next half way point until I was working in smaller sections. Stitch the skirt to the waistband using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Pink tulle fabric is gathered

The back of the baby tutu with exposed waistband.

Gathered pink tulle is attached to a fabric waistband.

STEP 7: Fold the waistband over to create a casing for the elastic. Press the top edge under 1/2″ first and then fold it over. You shouldn’t have any raw edges showing. Stitch in the ditch from the front side, catching the waistband as you go. Leave an opening to insert the elastic.

Waistband is folded over tutu and pinned in place.

Pink tutu with waistband folded over and held in place with pins.

The inside waistband of a pink tutu is shown.

STEP 8: Insert the elastic. I chose to try the tutu on Jellybean before cutting the elastic. Once I knew how tight I wanted it, I cut the elastic and sewed it together by overlapping the ends. I slipped the elastic inside the casing and then hand stitched the casing closed.

A piece of elastic with a safety pin attached to one end lays next to a pink tutu.

A pink tutu with gathered waistband.

STEP 9: You can leave your tutu as is, or choose to embellish it with a simple rosette as I have. A pink tutu with pink tulle flower sewn to the waistband.

The DIY Baby Tutu is all finished!! I actually thought this came together pretty quickly, although this tutorial is quite long! The hemming process was so fun with the Ban-Rol. I’ll have to post a picture of the red one I hope to make next week! 

A pink tutu with pink tulle flower on the waistband.

A pink tutu is opened up laying on a white table.

Pink baby tutu lays on a star background next to gray baby shoes.

Pink baby tutu lays on a wood surface next to a pair of gray baby shoes.

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