DIY: Tulle Skirt Tutorial the Lazy Girl Way

The math:
I don’t want to overwhelm you with math, but using the equation Circumference = 2 x pi x radius, we can pretty much figure out everything we need to. Basically, you just need to divide your waist by 6.28. So if your waist is 28 inches (this is a random number), your radius would be 4.45 inches, or I would round to 4 and a half inches.

This website makes the math super easy if you want to try it.

The Lazy, or "efficient" way to make a diy tulle skirt // While Camden Sleeps
How much fabric do you need for the tulle skirt and what bolt width?

Add your desired length to your radius and multiply by 2.  This is how wide you’ll need to get your fabric, and how many yards you’ll need for each layer.

Let’s say your waist is 28 inches, and you want your skirt to be 22 inches long.  You’re waist radius is 4.5.

22 (length) +4.5 (radius)  = 26.5 inches

Multiply by 2 (to get circle diameter)

26.5 x 2 = 53 inches

You’ll tulle will need to be at least 53 inches wide.  You’ll need just over a yard and a half of it for each layer.  So if you wanted 3 layers of tulle, you would most likely buy from the 54 inch wide bolt and get about 4 and a half yards.  (One yard is 36 inches)

If your diameter is more than 54 inches, buy from a 108 inch wide bolt.

Note: Multiply your diameter by the number of layers you want, then divide it by 36 to get how many yards you’ll need.  I like buying by the bolt because it’s significantly cheaper per a yard and gives you room for error, my bolt was only like 45 CENTS a yard.

Use your radius, we’ll use 4.5 inches for an example,  to create a pattern for cutting your center circle. Place a measuring tape on the corner of a piece of paper and mark 4 and a half inches all the way around.  The dots below show the markings if you were doing 6 and a half inches around.Tulle Skirt Tutorial

Cut along your dots and use this as the pattern for cutting out your fabric.  Be sure to double fold your fabric  so you cut a complete circle each time.Tulle Skirt Tutorial

Decide what length you want the skirt to be.  Use this number and measure from the inside circle out, marking around the fabric so you know where to cut.  This will be similiar to how you measured and cut the inside circle, except that you’ll need to move you measuring tape along to curve of the inside circle instead of keeping it fixed in the corner.

Once your lining and all your tulle has been cut, carefully stack and pin them.  You’ll now baste them together at the waist.  I recommend doing between 3-5 layers of tulle.  I only did three and it was a little difficult to keep them lined up properly when you baste them, so you may want to do two layers at a time, then baste them all together. UPDATE: The second time I made this skirt I basted one layer of tulle to the lining at a time.  There will likely be discrepancies in the sizing. By doing one layer at a time, you can add a pleat to the layer of tulle if it ends up wider than the lining.  This is nearly impossible to do if you do more than one layer at once.Tulle Skirt Tutorial

Tulle Skirt Tutorial

Now you’ll make each eighth on the skirt and on an elastic waistband that is cut to fit you.  I find it easiest to mark the halfway points with pins, then mark halfway between each of those pins (quarters), and halfway between the quarters (eighths).  You will then align each 1/8th pin on the elastic to the skirt.  This will show you how much you need to stretch the elastic while sewing it onto the skirt waistband.  Don’t forget to sew your elastic band closed.Tulle Skirt Tutorial

Tulle Skirt Tutorial

Now wear and enjoy it!

Tulle Skirt Tutorial

DIY tulle skirt

 

PS:  These skirts often sell from boutiques for about $100.  Because I got my tulle from a bolt (.45 a yard), and used coupons when I bought the elastic and the lining, my diy tulle skirt cost me about $8.25.  #winning

-Kara

 

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52 Comments

  1. Amazing skirt. I would to be able to make one of these.

    Jennifer Jayne xx
    jenniferjayne.blogspot.co.uk

  2. Welcome to California! I’ve lived here my whole life and am looking to move to Utah! haha What is the name of the blouse you are wearing in this picture? I’m trying to find that one exactly. Great skirt!!! Can’t wait to make it!

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  4. I love the skirt. This will be my first solo sewing project. Usually I have Mom over my shoulder.

    I need help. After cutting the top circle should the skirt fit snug around you or should it be a little loose to be connected to the elastic which will be tighter? I messed up and made it too big. I am trying to fix it. Luckily it was the liner I messed up on so I am making a seam but I don’t know how big the waist should be.

    • Kara.muehlmann

      When I did it, it was really large too. I expected it to be fitted and was wondering how it was going to fit over my hips since I sized it for my waist. Don’t worry that it’s bigger. When I pulled my on, if I let go it fell to the floor. The elastic band will make it secure when you sew it on. I think it sounds like you are doing it right. Go ahead and check the other blogs I link to on the bottom of the post for more help. Even though you use your waist as the circumference, keep in mind our bodies aren’t perfect circles, also, knit liners have some stretch to them so they will seem big when pulled on.

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  7. Juliet Amber

    Hi thanks for the toturial, you’re a genius! I want make a skirt that’s floor length would I follow the same steps or have to do it in two parts? Thanks!

    • Kara.muehlmann

      It depends on how tall you are and how long you want it to be. Once you’ve done the math, if the diameter is over 54 inches, you will probably need to do one of two things:
      1. Buy a 108 inch wide fabric (instead of standard 54 inch). This should be wide enough to cut full circles.
      2. But more yards in 54 inch wide fabric. Cut two semi circles for each layer that you sew together at the sides.

  8. Love the skirt! Question..I make tutus for my daughter and the tulle I use is really stiff. So I don’t think it would work for this skirt you made because I don’t think it would lay down properly. Can you tell me from the website that you bought your tulle from, which tulle it was? I just want to make sure a I buy the correct kind. Thanks!!

  9. Anett Simonsen

    I’m making this later today :) it is so easy to make – it’s just a circle skirt with tulle :o)

    you can use this site to help with the measures:

    http://byhandlondon.com/pages/circle-skirt-app

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  11. I have been wanting to make a skirt like this for awhile now! I can’t wait to try.

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  14. I’ve just completed this skirt and I totally love it – can’t stop looking in the mirror. It was the first skirt I ever made and I love it :)

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  17. On the website do I leave it on the “Quarter” selection or what?

    • Kara.muehlmann

      You can do a quarter skirt if you want one that’s not very full. The one in this tutorial is “full.”

  18. Just some quick questions… how many layers of tulle did u do, and did you use the thick tulle or the thin tulle.

  19. Thanks!!!! Also another question. How much tulle for the lining did u do.

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  21. When you attach the elastic to sew, are you flipping it down and sewing it and flipping it back? Or just going right across? I don’t quite see how that stitch is done. I’m so excited to make this!

    • I just go right across by placing the elastic directly on top of the skirt. But I’m sure you could do it the other way if you prefer. Good luck!

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  29. Please forgive my seeming ignorance as I’m sure the answer is quite obvious. (I’m going to chalk it up to it being nearly midnight while I’m trying to envision how to make this skirt as a beginner after wrangling kids all day. :) ) After I calculate how much yardage of tulle I’ll require, I will then need to cut that yardage into individual squares before folding it into quarters and cutting out the waist to make each layer. Is this correct?

    • Hey Amanda,
      No worries! The math and cutting can get really confusing! In short, the answer is yes.

      If you use the link to the By Hand London math generator, the results will tell you how much fabric you need to do ONE layer of the skirt. So you would use that measurement to know how much lining you need to buy. Then buy that same amount for EACH individual layer of tulle based on how many layers of tulle you want. You can multiply it so you can get the tulle cut at the store just once, but at home you would need to cut the tulle into the right length for each layer before folding to cut the circles. So yes, cutting the tulle into large squares first. Let me know if that helps!

  30. It looks so good! Really loving this tutorials.

  31. What if you can’t find a bolt that is wide enough in the tulle?

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