With the frugal costume challenge of using what we already have, one of my daughters decided to be a “good witch” for Halloween. She found the hat in our dress-up bin and we already had the black shirt and leggings. Instead of trying to sew a dress or skirt for a witch costume (which would only end with me in tears, I’m sure), I made a No-Sew Tulle Skirt following the simple instructions in this tutu tutorial.
Honestly, I spent more time wandering around Walmart looking for these rolls of tulle than to do the whole project. They were not in the fabric area, though they did have bolts of tulle which you could get if you wanted different colors. These rolls were in the floral/wedding aisle, and there was white, black, and many pastel colors (each was $2.99). I called Jo-Ann Fabrics and they didn’t carry the rolls, just the bolt tulle at .74/yard. That would have cost less but meant a long drive and a lot more cutting (you have to cut the width down to 6″), so I went with the rolls. [Updated--now you can buy tulle rolls at Amazon, wish I'd known that!]
The rolls are 6″ by 25yds of tulle. I measured my daughter’s waist to her knee to figure out how long to make the strips, then cut them double the length (I went with 30″ long). I just rolled each tulle roll out and snipped away. It doesn’t have to be perfect, or even straight, because it all fluffs together in the end. A shorter skirt means more of a tutu-style; I wanted it longer than that.
I cut the elastic to fit around her waist and hand-sewed the ends together. Then, you take each strip of tulle and fold it in half.
You thread the two loose ends through the hole and pull to make a knot.
When you tighten the knot, you push it to the bottom of the elastic to lay flat. Repeat all the way around the elastic. You get a different look depending on how many colors you use and whether or not you double-up on the tulle. It can also be embellished with ribbons and flowers. I went with one color at a time and a single layer, and I love how it turned out!
This could have been done in about 20 minutes, but since my little one “helped” me, it took around 45. This No-Sew Tulle Skirt would make a lovely gift for a little girl in your life, and it’s easy enough for a non-crafter.
This No-Sew Tulle Skirt craft is linked up to Trick or Treat Linky at DIY Home Sweet Home, CraftOManiac Monday at CraftOManiac, Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom, Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home, For the Kids Friday at Sun Scholars, Remodelaholics Anonymous at Remodelaholic,, Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest, Pity Party at 30 Handmade Days, It’s a Keeper at Everyday Tastes, Crafty Scrappy Happy Me Thursday at Crafty Scrappy Happy, Creative Juice Thursday at Momnivore’s Dilemma, Strut Your Stuff at Somewhat Simple, Sugar & Spice at seven thirty three, Show Your Stuff at Fireflies and Jellybeans, Made by Me at JAQS Studio, Wow me Wednesday at Ginger Snaps, Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts, We Did It Wednesday at Sew Much Ado, Inspiring Creativity at Dragonfly Designs, Create and Share at the Trendy Treehouse, What’s Up Wednesday at Sew Woodsy, Get your Craft On at Today’s Creative Blog, Homemade Projects at Tip Junkie, and Too Cute Tuesday at Funky Polkadot Giraffe.
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