Tutu Tree Skirt

Tutu Tree Skirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Last month when we were decorating for Christmas I mentioned to my youngest daughter that we needed to get a tree skirt for her miniature Christmas tree.

“A skirt? A skirt for my tree?” Maggie asked.
Before I could explain her eyes lit up and she said, “I want a tutu skirt for my tree!”

Well, what can I say?
I aim to please!

I’m so glad that Maggie thinks like a princess because this tutu tree skirt turned out so cute,
and I’m so excited to share it with you!

–Tutu Tree Skirt–


3 spools of Tulle (I used American Beauty, Purple and Rosette)
Ribbon (I used 56″ of 5/8″ Deep Purple Solid Grosgrain Ribbon)
Rotary Cutter (optional)
Cutting Mat (optional)
Quilter’s Ruler (optional)

Because it was Christmas and time was hard to find, I did this the easiest way I could think of.

I’m sure there are many ways you could make a tree skirt with tulle,
but if you want one that you can sit down and finish in about and hour,
then this is the tutorial for you!

The first thing you want to do is measure all the way around the base of your tree stand.

Maggie’s is a miniature tree and measured 56″.

Cut your ribbon to the size of your measurement. Seal the ends and set aside.

Decide how wide you want your tree skirt to be by laying your tulle under the tree and unrolling it to your desired length.

I thought 11″ looked like a good length.

When you make a tutu you want to double the length that you want and add 2 inches.
So, since the length I wanted was 11″ long, I doubled that to 22″ and added 2″ equally 24″.

Shirley shares a great “How to make a Tutu” tutorial here at The Ribbon Retreat Blog.
She also explains how you double your length and add 2 inches.
Click on the link to learn how to make a tutu.

Lucky for me, my cutting mat is 24″ long.
This made it super easy because I just wrapped my tulle around the length of
the cutting mat to measure it.

After wrapping all my colors around the mat I cut all the layers of tulle at once using a rotary cutter and a quilter’s ruler. How easy is that?

The next thing you’ll want to do is begin tying the tulle around the ribbon.

First I tied the ribbon around the middle of my cutting mat.
You don’t need to do this but it made tying the tulle much easier for me.

I tied my tulle around the ribbon with a slip knot method.
Cherie shows us how to do that in her cute “Pumpkin Tutu Costume”.
Click the link to see her tutorial.

I used 2 layers of tulle in each knot to give it more “fluff”.

As you can see, I alternated my colors but it would be cute to knot all three colors together too.

Tie your tulle all the way around your ribbon being careful not to twist the ribbon.
It’s not that big of a deal if it does twist, but it will help the tutu lay flat if you don’t twist it.

I tied my tulle all the way around my ribbon until I ran out of tulle.
It worked out perfect because it left just enough ribbon to tie in a bow.

After you finish tying your tulle you may need to trim the ends of your tutu.

Now all you have to do is wrap the tutu around the base of your tree and tie the ribbon in a bow.

Slide the bow to the back of the tree, then smooth and fluff your tulle.

Tutu Tree Skirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

It’s just tutu cute for words!
Haha! Cheesy, I know but I had to! 🙂

I’m totally keeping Maggie’s tree up for Valentine’s Day!

Tutu Tree Skirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

So, if you don’t want to wait until next Christmas to make a tutu tree skirt
make one in pink or red and decorate your tree in hearts!
You might even be able to snag a great deal on some pink ornaments at a after Christmas sale,
so keep your eyes open!

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, so it’s not too early to start!

Happy crafting!

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  1. Michele
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    SUCH a cute idea (and I have a Maggie, too!!!! :))

  2. Karen
    Posted November 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Omgosh! Thank you!! My daughter is a senior in HS. As a senior, they are assigned first grade buddies and do things with them throughout the year. For Christmas , they decorate a 3′ foot using their buddy’s favorite colors, toys, etc. I had an epiphany that a tulle skirt would be great, but I would be the person making it since my daughter doesn’t sew. YOU just showed me the coolest thing over by using a quick no-sew method!! I am so excited!! Thank you!!!!

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