I saw the cutest little dress on Pinterest and after seeing that it costed around £25, I thought, hmmmm…wonder if I could do that.
So (as always happens) I delved further and further into the Pinterest rabbit hole and found a few tutorials for no sew tutu dresses and they looked easy enough and sure enough they were!
They were however time consuming, but I suspect once you got into the groove you could complete a basic one in under an hour. The most time consuming part (in my opinion) was cutting the tulle.
What you need is
~ an elasticated crotchet tube top
~ decent pair of sharp scissors
~ measuring tape
~ ribbon (optional)
~ gems/flowers/headband (optional)
First what you want to do is decide how long you want the skirt of your dress to be. If you want it to be 12 inches long, then cut your tulle strips at 24 inches long.
The tulle I purchased was in 6 inch wide reams. I cut the required length and then cut the strips in two lengthways.
Secondly what you want to do is to stretch your crotchet top over something, like the back of a chair. I was using a 7×9 inch top and so it was a little too small for the back of our chairs, so I improvised and used the lid from my husbands lego container.
Once you’ve got your strips of tulle and your crotchet top secure in place then you can start attaching the tulle to the top. (See steps 1-5 in photos)
Step 1 – Fold your tulle length in half (lengthways)
Step 2 – place the top of the folded tulle into one of the holes at the bottom of your crotchet top. You’ll need to go it from the underneath, so that the tulle comes on on the top of the crotchet top.
Step 3 and 4 – you’ll now have a loop at the top, and 2 attaching pieces of tulle at the bottom. Pull the 2 pieces of tulle up and through the loop at the top.
Step 5 – pull to tighten the loop.
Then repeat steps 1 to 5 until you’ve filled the entire bottom row of the crotchet top.
Move on to the next row above and continue until you’re happy with the final product.
Once you’ve done, you can use a ribbon to attach straps to the top of the tutu dress. You can also use gems and flowers to embellish your tutu top.
The finished product!
I purchased my tulle and crotchet tops from Raindrops Boutique