No Sew Tutu

No Sew Tutu

Do you have any fabric just laying around? Maybe you have a stock pile of fabrics, you never had a project – or time – to turn them into something? Or you have scraps that are too good to throw away, but not really enough to make something with? Or do you like the idea of making you’re own hand crafted clothes but can’t actually make a sewing machine work?

WELL this is the tutu for you! It’s quick, it’s easy – from start to finish should take an hour. Low skill requirement to make this simple, but beautiful, skirt.


tutu13Fabric (I’ve used about 100 x 120cms of a polycotton blend + a bit of extra plain white poplin to give it some contrast)

Elastic (wider would be better, but this is what I had on hand, and it worked perfectly fine)

Pinking shears/scissors.


Step One

Work out how long you’re fabric strips will need to be,  make each strip twice the length you want the skirt to hang, plus about 3-5cms to give you length to tie and allow for a bit of bounce. Then each strip needs to be about 3-5 cms wide. Use your first strip as a ruler to make the rest. Fold you’re fabric in half to save time cutting. Make sure you’ve cut all the way around the fabric you’re working with with the pinking shears so that all the strips you cut out will have a zig-zagged edge. This is important as it will prevent the fabric from fraying.


Step Two

Tie the elastic over the back of a chair or stool and tie on the strips of fabric.

When tying each strip on to the elastic you need to find the middle of the strip and lay the middle over the elastic.


Pull the middle down to form a loop, and slip the two ends through the loop.


Pull the ends downwards gently.


It should look like a  tie.



Repeat until all you’re strips are used up OR until you cant fit any more strips on the skirt. Try not to pull on each knot too tightly and try to keep them an even space and tension.


Step Three

Simply tie the two ends together. If possible try the skirt on to the little person who’s going to wearing it before trimming the edges, or even just tie a loop with the extra elastic so that the skirt can be widened as needed as they grow.


And you’re done!


Washing instructions:  
It’s best to hand wash, as you can lose strips in the washing machine and line dry.

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Rachel Stewart

Rachel is the founder of Parenting Central Australia. She is raising two children, boy and girl, with her partner.She has a background in early childhood education, but right now is content to be a stay at home mum.She is passionate about birthing rights, breastfeeding and mental health. She enjoys crafting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine) and spending a little too much time on Facebook.

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