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

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A petal filled tutu

A petal filled tutu

Flower and ribbon embellishment on tutu

Flower and ribbon embellishment on tutu


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

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

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.

Other Fun and Creative Ideas:


Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 08, 2015:

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!

Jaleesa on March 03, 2015:

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How do you attach the satin bow?

moonlake from America on February 18, 2013:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 12, 2013:

Thanks so much bloomsandbugs!

Anshu from San Francisco, CA on February 12, 2013:

This is simply beautiful!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 16, 2012:

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

Sushmita from Kolkata, India on May 14, 2012:

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.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on May 14, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 26, 2012:

Thanks Enlydia Listener!

Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on February 26, 2012:

Cute idea...little girls love dressing up.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 16, 2012:

Thanks LABrashear! I appreciate that!

LABrashear from My Perfect Place, USA on February 16, 2012:

Such a cute idea. You are a talented person!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 15, 2012:

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!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 15, 2012:

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!

Joseph De Cross from New York on February 15, 2012:

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.


Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 15, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 15, 2012:

Thanks Simone! Adults can wear tutus too. :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 15, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 15, 2012:

Thanks Eddy!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on February 15, 2012:

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

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on February 15, 2012:

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

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

This is great Tammy and easy to make!

Eiddwen from Wales on February 15, 2012:

So very beautiful and thanks for sharing.


Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 14, 2012:

Thanks Ebower! I appreciate your visit!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 14, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 14, 2012:

Thanks you Chanroth! I appreciate that!

Erin Bower from Georgia on February 14, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 14, 2012:

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

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 14, 2012:

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

chanroth from California, USA on February 14, 2012:

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

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on February 14, 2012:

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)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 14, 2012:

Thank you so much for reading and commenting craftdrawer!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 14, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 14, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 14, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 14, 2012:

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

craftdrawer on February 14, 2012:

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

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on February 14, 2012:

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

Pamela N Red from Oklahoma on February 14, 2012:

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

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on February 14, 2012:

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!

Marissa from United States on February 14, 2012:

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

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