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How to Make a Tulle Skirt

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Tulle is a fun fabric made from nylon that can enhance a range of crafting projects. Tulle can be purchased in a rainbow of colors and sizes. You can find this cloth with fine or loose weave; generally the finer it is, the softer the texture will be. By following these instructions, you can make a simple single-toned skirt for yourself, or a ballet tutu for a child. Get ready to create some beautifully swishy tulle skirts, so you and your little ballerina can dance away.

tulle skirt

Gather Supplies for the Fluffy Tulle Skirt
Before you get started, gather up everything you will need for your sewing project:

  • ½-inch wide elastic
  • 6-inch wide tulle
  • Measuring tape
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Small silk roses
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
tulle skirt running ballerina

Follow These Steps
Once you’ve gathered the materials, you are ready to start creating.

  • Step 1: Measure your waistline, your child’s, or another lucky skirt-wearer’s. Take this measurement at belly-button level, then subtract one inch so the skirt will fit properly.
  • Step 2: Cut a strip of the half-inch elastic to the waist measurement, and then sew the ends together to form a stretchy circle.
  • Step 3: Snip five pieces of tulle for every inch of the waistline circumference. For a child’s skirt, the lengths should each be 20 inches; for an adult’s skirt, the lengths should each be 30 inches. If you are making a multi-colored skirt, use different shades for the layers; if you’re making a single-hued garment, use the same colors for each length.
  • Step 4: Place the five tulle strips together, one on top of the other, and then fold all of them in half. Knot the folded pieces on the elastic. Repeat this step for each length of cloth.
  • Step 5: Attach the little silk roses around the waistband with straight pins, making sure you’re happy with the arrangement. When they are in the best positions, sew them on with your needle and thread

Caring for Your Skirt
Once you have created your skirt, use care when laundering them. Wash with a mild detergent, cool water, and a gentle setting on your washing machine. It’s best to let them air-dry, as a dryer’s heat could dry them out. With proper care, your delicate dance-skirt should look fluffy and gorgeous for years to come. 

tulle skirt ballerina

The next time you or one of your loved ones wants to dance like a ballerina, make a net-fabric skirt so twirling and whirling is even more fun. Since these garments are so simple to create, why don’t you make several in hues to suit your mood?

tulle skirt ballerina dancing

Tulle netting courtesy Wafer X via Flickr 
Ballerina Ada courtesy The Paessel Family via Flickr 
Anna’s tutu courtesy ionacloset via Flickr 
Isobella and the Melody courtesy Lauren Hammond via Flickr

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