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How to Make a Rose Petal / Flower Filled Tutu (Sewing and Non Sewing Directions)

Updated on August 2, 2012
A petal filled tutu
A petal filled tutu | Source
Flower and ribbon embellishment on tutu
Flower and ribbon embellishment on tutu | Source

Supplies

Every little princess loves a feminine tutu. Rose petal tutus are easy to make and the supplies cost very little money. They can be worn for every day dress up, birthday parties, dance classes, with a favorite outfit, or as part of a fairy Halloween costume.

You Will Need:

-3 times your child’s waist in inches of tulle in your favorite color. Small pre-made rolls of 6” tulle are generally too small. (If your child’s waist is 20”, you will need 60” of tulle). Then measure from your child's waist to their knee and add an inch for sewing. This will be the length of doubled material you will need for the length.

-40 Silk flower petals to match tulle (you can use the prepackaged kind or you can cut them from a silk flower of your choosing).

-50 Foil Prints or pieces of shiny metallic ribbon for sparkle (optional)

-A roll of ¾” elastic

-1 roll of coordinating satin ribbon for trim

-1 large flower for decoration (optional)

-Sewing machine (or you can choose the no sew tutu option).

Sewing a Tutu

Sewn tutu in aqua
Sewn tutu in aqua | Source

Sew a Petal Filled Tutu

  • Unfold the tulle and lay it flat on a large surface. Lift up one cut end of the tulle and fold it evenly with the other cut end. Pin the two pieces together right side facing down (You will turn it inside out when it is sewn). Sew this section with a sewing machine.
  • Sew a second seam parallel to the first seam, wide enough to fit your elastic band through. 
  • Match up the open ends of your tube, and sew a seam starting from the bottom of the skirt. Stop your seam 2 inches from the top, leaving an opening for inserting the rose petals and the elastic.
  • Insert your desired amount of petals and sparkles inside the tutu. For a little girl, a half a box of pre-packaged petals is sufficient.
  • Insert elastic band into the second sewn seam. Sew the ends of the elastic together.
  • Finish sewing the seam to enclose the elastic.
  • Trim any loose threads and flip the tutu inside out so the seams are hidden inside. 
  • Sew the large flower to the top center of the tutu. If using decorative satin ribbon, it will be sewn to the tutu under the flower.

Make a No Sew Flower Tutu

Standard No Sew Tutu
Standard No Sew Tutu | Source

To Make a No Sew Flower Tutu

  • If you don't have a sewing machine but want to make a flower petal tutu, you can create a no sew tutu and glue small flowers to the inside of the tulle. While the look is a little different, it is just as adorable.
  • Measure the amount of tulle the same way as described above. Lay tulle out across a large flat surface with fold toward you. Cut 6-inch wide strips using all of the tulle with scissors. These sections will be tied to the elastic so they don’t have to be perfectly cut.
  • Measure your child’s waist and cut elastic to this measurement plus one inch for fastening. Make a ring from the elastic with a one inch overlap. Make a “belt” circle with this piece of elastic. Staple the elastic on the inside. Make sure no jagged edges are showing. The elastic can also be hand sew to make it more durable.
  • Unfold the 6 inch strips of tulle. Center a piece of tulle on the elastic and fold again to make matching two even pieces. Tie a half knot with the knot on the front of the elastic. Do this with each piece of tulle. Alternate colors if using more than one color.
  • Fluff the tutu. At this point your can add a decorative flower and ribbon to the front of the tutu with glue (or hand sew for durability). Flowers and petals can be glued to the outside of the tutu.
  • You can also double the material used in step one and cut 6" sections that are twice as long. Tie each section to the waist band with the fold at the bottom of the tutu. This will make pockets in which you glue flowers or sparkles to give the illusion of a rose petal filled tutu.

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    • ThePracticalMommy profile image

      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      What an adorable idea! I would love to make one of these for my daughter. Voted up and sharing!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very creative hub. The detailed information is easy enough for even someone who isn't crafty to be able to follow! Tutu's are so adorable on little girls and on your cute daughter. Fantastic hub and photos!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      That is adorable. Makes me wish my daughter was little again so I could make her one.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      My sister has a child and she is learning to sew. I'll share this article with her.

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      craftdrawer 5 years ago

      Very pretty and creative pattern what little girl wouldn't love it....

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks PracticalMommy! My daughter loves hers. She is at the age where she loves to play dress up.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Sunshine625! They aren't just for kids. Big people can wear them too. ;)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Pamela. I will miss this magical dress up age. :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      They are so much fun Vinaya! Thanks for the visit!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting craftdrawer!

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      Veronica Roberts 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I went to the mall today to walk around, and absolutely adored every single tutu that I saw. I'd much rather make my own, and am so grateful that you created this hub! Perfect timing! =]

      Up, useful, & awesome! (& shared)

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      chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

      ADORABLE! Cute and creative! I vote up, useful and awesome!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Beautiful stuff but beyond the skills of no-sew people such as myself. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Veronica! They are fun to make. My daughter has a closet full! I appreciate the visit!

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      This is a great idea and sounds easy. I voted this up and useful!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks you Chanroth! I appreciate that!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks alocsin! Thank you for your kind words. You are the best hubpages supporter EVER.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Ebower! I appreciate your visit!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      So very beautiful and thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      You know what I like, that little cutie pie! I could just snatch her from the computer, she is so cute....oh and your hub is cute too...lol

      I wish I had a little angel to make a tutu for...:(

      This is great Tammy and easy to make!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      How cute! I would have killed for one of these when I was younger. Heck, I STILL want one!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Eddy!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      :) Thanks Cardisa! She is my little princess. We do lots and lots of crafts and fun things like this. I appreciate your kind comment!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Simone! Adults can wear tutus too. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a great tutorial, Tammy! This is a perfect project for anyone with a little girl or who needs to make an awesome present for a little girl. The petals add such a fun touch to this classic item.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Simone Please!!!

      Lol! Great info for parents that have cute young ladies at home. The instructions are so easy that I can do my own...well, not for me, just saying..! If Claculus can be easy, then this is like following preparations from a nice recipe.Thanks for sharing. Cute daughter like mommy.

      LORD

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Randomcreative! They also look beautiful with white tulle and red rose petals. A child could actually wear that in a wedding. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Lord. Calculus easy? Not for me, but I am sure you can make a tutu. Thank you so much for the compliment. I appreciate your visit!

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      LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      Such a cute idea. You are a talented person!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks LABrashear! I appreciate that!

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      Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

      Cute idea...little girls love dressing up.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Enlydia Listener!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      A cute idea! I admit I understood the no-sew instructions more easily than the sew instructions as I am not familiar with sewing. Your little daughter looked very cute. I like the light violet tutu worn by your daughter and I also found the aqua colored tutu very lovely. Keep up the wonderful work.

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared.

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Tammy, that's wonderful and creative. Tutu's are beautiful, I remember, we would love to wear these in school functions. Your daughter looks so happy in the floral dress; I can guess just how interesting it must have been to get it ready for her. Wonderful idea. Voted up.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Ishwaryaa22 and sen.sush23. I appreciate you reading and commenting!

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      Anshu 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      This is simply beautiful!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much bloomsandbugs!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      These are so cute. My granddaughters would have loved them. Maybe we'll get a great-granddaughter and I can make one for her. Voted up and more.

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      Jaleesa 2 years ago

      How do you attach the satin bow?

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      Tammy 2 years ago from North Carolina

      I usually attach the bow with a few stitches of matching thread. You can also use a hot glue gun to attach it. Thanks for reading!

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