Menu

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial

Sometimes I come across a craft project that I just shake my head at, because it is just too cute for words and that is exactly how I feel about this stunning tutu! Before I was the mama of a sweet little girl, I never could have appreciated the sweetness of this tutu trimmed in gorgeous satin ribbon! This tutu brings a huge smile to my face and those chubby little legs and piggies are so precious. Let’s join Shirley as she shows us how to create our own magical little tutu that will have your little sweetie dancing and prancing around in her very own fabulous tutu! Enjoy!

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
These tutus are just so adorable, and after you find out how easy they are to make, you can never go back! They do take quite a bit of time, but anything worth doing takes time and these are worth it! 🙂

~Supplies~

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Kit
OR
For the tutu:
Elastic 1/2″-1″
6″ Spool of Tulle
Needle and Thread

To trim the tutu:
Coordinating 7/8″ DF Satin Ribbon (lots and lots!)
Scissors
Lighter
Thread
Sewing Machine

Pink DIY Tutu Kit Rosette Tulle Rose Pink Satin
Tutu ButtonA
The first step is making your tutu. We have lots of tutu tutorials and each one is fun. For an easy tutu with an elastic waist go HERE. For a super full tutu with a crochet headband waist go HERE.

My tutu is made using just an elastic waist, and I only did one strip of tulle per knot. The ribbon adds a lot of fullness and can get heavy.

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Next cut your ribbon into 6.25″ pieces. Make sure to seal your ends. How many pieces you need depends on how many strips of tulle you used in your tutu. I cut 110 pieces of ribbon.

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Make sure to choose thread that matches your ribbon. Thread your sewing machine.

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The ribbon pieces should have a slight curve to them.

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The strips of tulle will curve a certain way too.

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Place your ribbon piece in the sewing machine with the curves going up. Line up your tulle. Make sure to place your tulle about a little more than halfway on the ribbon. Don’t line it up with the edge of the ribbon.

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Sew the pieces together. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. I found that instead of cutting the thread every time I finished one piece, I could just pull on it and start a new piece and clip the threads later. This saved on time and thread.

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Here is how it looks when you’re done. It curves nicely all by itself. Isn’t it pretty?

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Go ahead and do a few more. Ooh and ahh at your amazingness.

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Here it is all done! Wasn’t that easy?

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Now if you wanted to add a satin waist, that’s pretty easy too. Use the same DF Satin Ribbon and check out this video tutorial HERE.

If you love video tutorials, check out the video tutorial for this tutu and go HERE.

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Have fun making all sorts of beautiful tutus!


Thank you Shirley…and you are right, this tutu is beeeeeeeautiful! I LOVE, love love it’s sweetness! It is elegant and that satin trim takes the cuteness to a whole new level! Tutus are wonderful for dressing up your little sweetie for a special occasion, Halloween, play days, church or just because. I can guarantee that wherever your little one wears this special tutu, she will be the bell of the ball!

I have a little one at my house that thinks life is centered around princesses and when she saw the picture of this adorable tutu, she immediately gasped and said “ohhhhh, pretty princeth” (with her adorable lisp)! Awwww, that sealed the deal. She will be getting one of these little beauties very, very soon! Who can resist a princess lovin’ gal with a cute little lisp?

Do you also have a little gal that you know would love a tutu just like this one? Here are a few more adorable tutus they are sure to love too!

How To Make A Tutu - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Use our Tutu Tutorial with crochet headbands for a quick, easy, and full tutu that any girl will love!

Pumpkin Tutu Costume - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}
The Ribbon Retreat has all of the supplies for these sweet tutus plus so much more! Our convenient, one stop shop has all the ribbon, flowers, clips, notions, etc, etc that you could possibly need to make your little one bows, a tutu or two, and other fun and fabulous hair accessories. And don’t forget…we sell the kit for the gorgeous Ribbon Trimmed Tutu in this tutorial right here at The Ribbon Retreat. Get your kit HERE!
Make sure to visit us HERE to get all of your crafty supplies!

Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Happy Creating & Happy Tutus!
Signature - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
ShopRibbon BlogSubscribe1

Print Friendly
This entry was posted in Clothing for All, Sweet Baby. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

60 Comments

  1. Posted February 3, 2015 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I am drooling over this adorable skirt! The ribbon just adds the most perfect touch. I also love that it is pink 😉 I tackled some tulle for some skirts for my girls as well. They are a bit time consuming, but absolutely worth it. If your interested to see them I blog at tidbits-cami.com, and put up a couple of tutorials for different tulle skirts. I would love to give this one a try as well! Thanks for sharing.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 3, 2015 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      Hi Cami! Thank you so very much! I am so glad you love this adorable skirt. I love the skirts that you made on your site. They are gorgeous, and they look amazing on your sweet girls. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  2. Posted February 4, 2015 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    So beautiful! The ribbon creates a beautiful effect and adds a finishing touch on the skirt. I bet it is so lovely when it is bouncing and swaying.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 5, 2015 at 11:40 am | Permalink

      Hi Rachel! Thank you so much! The ribbon is so lovely and is the perfect addition to this fun tutu! I am so glad you love it! Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!
      Michelle 🙂

  3. Pat C.
    Posted February 4, 2015 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Wow, Shirley, you have certainly taken tutus to a whole new level, haven’t you?! The ribbon trim is just gorgeous, and the whole effect is chi-chi boutique-iness!

    But, to be honest with you, what really has me squealing (actually, it’s more like high-pitched squeaking with my mouth closed) are those baby’s precious little piggies! I could eat them all up! xoxo

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 5, 2015 at 11:39 am | Permalink

      Hi Pat! Isn’t this tutu awesome?!? I love it and that stunning ribbon…and I am also lovin those sweet little piggies too! Shirley’s little model is just too cute! Thanks Pat! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  4. Posted February 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    I love our baby boy, but sadly he can not wear so charming clothes! Maybe i’ll try making one for me to wear!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 5, 2015 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      Hi there! This tutu would be so fun to make for yourself. It would be stunning! Thank you for sharing! PINNED!

  5. Posted February 7, 2015 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    I would never have realised they were all separate little sections from the photo. I love the finished look.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 11, 2015 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      Hi Stella Lee! I agree! When I first saw this tutu, I didn’t realize it was all individual strips and not one continuous one either! I am so glad you love this fun tutu! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  6. Posted February 7, 2015 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    So pretty! This might be worth the time for my toddlers! 🙂 pinned!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 11, 2015 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      Hi there! Thank you so very much! You will love this fun tutu! Thank you for the pin! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  7. Posted February 9, 2015 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Your tutorials are awesome! I love this project…thanks so much for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 11, 2015 at 10:21 am | Permalink

      Hi Christie! Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  8. Posted February 9, 2015 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

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

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 11, 2015 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      Hi Salma! Thank you so much. I am so glad you love this fun tutu! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  9. Posted February 14, 2015 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    What a darling tutu! I am hopping over from Sew Pretty Sew Free. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 16, 2015 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      Hi Marci! Thank you so much! I am so glad you stopped by and that you love this cute tutu! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  10. Posted February 16, 2015 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Oh my goodness! My little girl would LOVE this tutu! Thank you so much for the great tutorial and for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

    Pinning and sharing on my Facebook page!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 16, 2015 at 10:00 am | Permalink

      Hi Ashley! Thank you so very much! I am so glad you love this adorable tutu! Thank you also for the pin and sharing it on your FB page! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  11. susan jones
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    I love this tutu ! I will be making one for my daughter soon she is 9 and has loved tutu’s . I have one question how do you seal the ribbon ?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 3, 2015 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      Hi Susan! Yay! I am so glad you love this fun tutu! Great question…when you seal satin ribbon you do have to be a little more careful than with normal grosgrain. You can seal it with a lighter, quickly moving the flame back and forth near the edge of the ribbon. Or, you can also use a product called Fray Check. Good luck with your tutu and thank you for stopping by! Michelle 🙂

  12. Michael Young
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    Powerful Tutorial. Thank You For Posting.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 9:13 am | Permalink

      Hi Michael! Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day. Michelle 🙂

  13. Joan
    Posted May 9, 2015 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    I also love the idea of a ribbon trimmed tutu. Do you sew ribbon on both ends of the strip of tulle or just one end?

    Joan

  14. Joan
    Posted May 9, 2015 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Oops! Nevermind…. just saw the other answer!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 20, 2015 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      Hehe! No worries Joan! Thank you and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  15. Kristen Hall
    Posted May 13, 2015 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    So cute! I just wanted to comment because I saw another tutorial yesterday where she sewed the ribbon on BEFORE making it a dress. Seemed a lot easier!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 20, 2015 at 10:25 am | Permalink

      Hi Kristen! Thank you! I think sewing the ribbon on before creating the tutu would work amazing! It would definitely eliminate all of the bulk of the tulle if you did sew the ribbon on prior to creating the tutu. It is totally up to you and regardless of your process, your tutu will look amazing! Thank you Kristen again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  16. Christy
    Posted May 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Is there a reason you made the tutu first? Would it be easier to sew ribbon to the tulle first? I’m just imagining the other pieces getting in my way….

    SO cute either way!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 20, 2015 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      Hi Christy! Thank you so much for your question. You can surely make your tutu however is easiest for you. When you create the tutu first, there definitely is a lot of tulle and mass you are maneuvering around. So, if it is easier for you to sew your ribbon on first, that is perfect. Good luck and thank you so much for stopping by! Michelle 🙂

  17. Agnetha Friesen
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    I, too, love this Tutu!! I have a 6 yr old “Princess” granddaughter who loves to dress up and this will be
    a perfect addition to her “royal” wardrobe!!! Can’t wait to get started on it….thankyou!!!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 20, 2015 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      Hi Agnetha! Thank you so very much! I am so glad you love this adorable tutu, and I am so excited for you to make it for your sweet “Princess” granddaughter. She is going to love it! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  18. kayla
    Posted June 9, 2015 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Hi i heard that when wrapping the ribbon aroun, when its finished it doesn’t have much/any elastic to it, is that true? Because im making a tutu dress for my daughter. Also what type of elastic do you use?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 24, 2015 at 6:35 am | Permalink

      Hi Kayla! Thank you for your question. Shirley says, “It does make it a little wider, but it can still stretch more, just not shrink as much (if that makes sense). I should have used 3/8” but didn’t have any on hand. That would be better. Because mine didn’t “shrink” down as much and it is heavy with the ribbon, I just pinned it to my daughters onesie for her pictures. I just got the elastic at Joanns. Hope this helps! Good luck!” Thank you Kayla and good luck! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  19. Karen
    Posted July 3, 2015 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    I love the skirt! I’m going to make one for Halloween, but I can’t decide what length to cut the tulle. Edie will be 9 months old and I’d like it to hit at the knees. What size did you cut your strips?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 7, 2015 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      Hi Karen! Thank you so much! I am so glad you love this fun skirt. It will be so much fun for Halloween! In regards to length for your little sweetie, you will want to measure from her waist to her knee and then I would add just a little to that to make sure it is long enough for her when Halloween comes around. It is so hard to give you an actual measurement because every little kiddo is different, so if you want just a standard length for a 9 month old, you could use a standard length of 7-8 inches. To get that measurement, I did a google search for “typical length of skirt for a 9 month old.” I help this helps Karen! Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by! Michelle 🙂

  20. Christie Heckler
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    I made one of these adorable tutus for a 1 yr old’s birthday. The only thing I would add to the tutorial is to use a ravel stop product (fabric glue) on the cut ends of each piece & allowing to dry before tying onto elastic band. Satin ribbon ravels like crazy.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      Hi Christie! Thank you so much for sharing your tip! I LOVE reader’s tips and tricks! You are awesome. Thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  21. Tanisha
    Posted August 2, 2015 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Thisis amazing! I stuck at sewing will I get the same curl affect if I glued on the ribbon trim??

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 3, 2015 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      Hi Tanisha! Thank you! Yes, you should get the same look. However, be careful with your glue placement and to make sure the glue doesn’t stick to other strands of tulle through the tulle. Good luck and hope the glue works for you! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  22. vanessa
    Posted September 11, 2015 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Hello,

    i really love the pink tutu with the ribbon. I want to try and make it myself, it’ll be my first time trying. Just want to ask if its best to make the tutu first and then sew the ribbon on? Or should i sew the ribbon on to the tulle strips?

    Thanks for any ideas you can share.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 16, 2015 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

      Hi Vanessa! Thank you for your question. Shirley suggests making the tutu first. Good luck and thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  23. Jessica Rodriguez
    Posted October 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Omg! this is beautiful!!
    you cut 110 pieces of ribbon (at 6.25″)? So how many yards of ribbon is that?
    I wanted to make this for my daughter’s halloween costume, but not sure if I can get all of that ribbon in time.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 1, 2015 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jessica! Thank you so much! Isn’t this tutu gorgeous? Your daughter would look adorable on Halloween in this beautiful tutu! Yes, that is correct. Shirley cut her pieces at 6.25″ and cut 110 pieces. In the Tutu Kit you can purchase that comes with the tulle, coordinating DF Satin Ribbon and elastic, you get 25 yards of the ribbon. You can find the kits HERE! The kit will come with everything you will need to complete a tutu from size Newborn to 2T/3T and it is available in 11 color options. (However, only 10 are available at this time as we are currently out of stock in the black). Also, our shipping is actually pretty fast. We try our very best to get your order out the day you place it or the following business day…depending on the time you place your order. If you are at all concerned about getting the supplies and having time to make the tutu, you could always call our Customer Service line and talk to a representative who could further assist you on when your order would ship and get to you. You can reach them at (208) 357-3887. I hope this helps. Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  24. Aimee
    Posted December 28, 2015 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    This is such a good tutorial for a tutu I have just got a new sewing machine for Christmas
    and I still need to figure out how to thread it properly but this looks like an easy project so
    I should fine and also I pinned this tutorial 😉 ^-^

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted January 26, 2016 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      Hi Aimee! Yay…a new sewing machine! LOVE it! Congrats and yes, this is a great project to start with! You will have so much fun making it, and you will LOVE the completed tutu! Have a wonderful time and good luck with your new toy!!! Michelle 🙂

  25. Posted January 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Incredible tutorial. I like this ribbon trimmed tutu. I’ll definitely try this. My baby will love to have that. She will look awesome in that tutu. Thanks a lot for this wonderful tutorial.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted January 26, 2016 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jessica! Thank you so much! I am so glad you love this fabulous tutorial. I absolutely love this stunning tutu, and I am so glad you love it too and are planning to make one for your little sweetie! Have so much fun creating this tutu and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  26. silvia bodnarova
    Posted February 4, 2016 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    dobri den ja by som sa chcela spitat ci po jednom to viazete alebo po dva

  27. mimi
    Posted February 4, 2016 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Hey! Beautiful tutu! Thanks for posting! How do you seal the ribbon? Thanks!!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 9, 2016 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mimi! Thank you so much. I am so glad you like this fun tutu. There are a couple of ways to seal the ends of the ribbons. You can either heat seal them with a lighter or you can use a tool called a Creative Versa Tool. This tool is so awesome! You can cut ribbon with it and it seals the ends at the same time! I hope this helps! Have a great day Mimi! Michelle 🙂

  28. Heather D
    Posted February 29, 2016 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Hi, I was curious if there is a reason you make the tutu first and then sew the ribbon on? Could you sew the ribbon on and then make the tutu?? Thanks!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      Hi Heather! Thank you for your question. I think it was just Shirley’s preference to make the tutu and then sew the ribbon on. I am sure you could sew the ribbon on first for sure. Good luck and let us know how your tutu turns out. Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  29. Sheryl
    Posted May 3, 2016 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Can you guys give a tutorial on how to tie the bow to the waist band and which is better ( satin or the thicker material ribbons). PLEAAASSEEE HELP

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 19, 2016 at 9:10 am | Permalink

      Hi Sheryl! Thank you for your question. Have you seen our video tutorials for this fun tutu? If not, check them out HERE and HERE. They may help answer your question about the waist band. Also, in regards to your ribbon question, I prefer using the satin ribbon on this tutu because it is beautiful and shiny and looks a little more formal. I also prefer satin ribbon for this project because it is lighter weight and not so stiff. I hope this helps. Good luck and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  30. Claire
    Posted May 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi when I try this my ribbon and tulle pucker up as if you pull one string to gather it any ideas why?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 23, 2016 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      Hi Claire! Thank you for your question. The first thing that came to mind was possibly the tension on your machine needs to be adjusted just a little bit. Other than that, I would suggest making sure that you are feeding the ribbon and tulle through the machine at the same time. In our video tutorial for this cute tutu, Shirley gives a quick suggestion on this same thing. You can find our video tutorial HERE! I hope between my suggestion and the video tutorial, you can get your question/issue resolved and get back to sewing this super adorable tutu! Have a great day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  31. Jessica
    Posted May 21, 2016 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Hello I was wondering can I use fabric glue to glue the ribbon on the bottom?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 23, 2016 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      Hi Jessica! Thank you for your question. You could always try to glue the ribbon to the tulle. I would only try it on one or two pieces first to see how it would work. You would have to be super careful not to glue the tulle and ribbon to the work surface you are working on, because the glue will go through the tulle very easily. Let us know how gluing works for you! We would love to hear so all of our friends who do not sew could also create this adorable tutu. Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*
*

  • Follow Us On

    Facebook icon Twitter Icon Pinterest Icon
    Google Plus Icon Youtube icon RSS icon Instagram icon
  • Subscribe by Email

    Your Email Address:
  • Sponsored Links

  • NEW TRR Specials and Happenings

  • We are Sponsoring:

  • Instagram is where it’s at! Follow us!

  • Sponsored Links

  • Fun Pinterst Boards

  • TOTT Hairbow Instructions

  • Sponsored Links

  • Grab A Button



  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Blog Design By

    TRR Design by 733 Design