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Halloween Tutu

Turn any little girl into a princess this Halloween with a simple-to-sew tutu costume.




  • 1 1/2 yards of 54-inch-wide tulle
  • Pins
  • Plastic spiders or silk flowers
  • Sewing machine with coordinating thread
  • 1 1/2-inch-wide ribbon, cut to a 20-inch length and a 65-inch length
  • Scissors
  • Fray Check


  1. Step 1

    Fold tulle in half lengthwise twice, creating 4 layers of tulle. Pin folded edge.

  2. Step 2

    The pinned, folded edge will become the waistband; the other side will have two raw edges and one folded "pocket." Fill the pocket with plastic spiders or silk flowers.

  3. Step 3

    Hem and sew both sides of tulle to encase the spiders or flowers.

  4. Step 4

    Lay out the length of tulle again, making sure the pocket lies on top. Mark the center of the waistband edge of the tulle with a pin. Pin the center of the 20-inch ribbon to this point.

  5. Step 5

    Take the ends of the ribbon and fold them onto the seam at each end of the tulle, pinning in place.

  6. Step 6

    Sew tulle onto ribbon, making pleats as you sew so that the tulle fits on the 20-inch ribbon, which acts as the back of the skirt.

  7. Step 7

    Lay out skirt so the tulle is on top and 20-inch ribbon is on bottom. Pin the center of the 65-inch ribbon to the center of the 20-inch ribbon and sew ribbons together along the top, sides and bottom. Cut ends of ribbon ties; seal with Fray Check.

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2009



Reviews (1)

  • camesha 14 Oct, 2009

    I made the halloween tutu tonight after dinner. It was easy and fast and I can't wait for my 2 yr old to see it tomorrow when she wakes up! I didn't have any fray check so I melted the ends of the ribbon with a lighter-and old army trick I learned from my dad-and it worked like a charm!
    Can't wait to make one for Christmas etc!! Thank you for the great craft feature.