Tulle Circle Skirt DIY

Tulle circle skirt DIY (click through for tutorial) So, I’ve pretty much had a crush on all the tulle skirts I’ve been seeing online for quite sometime now. They are just so flirty and fun, and I love seeing them worn with a casual t-shirt and a leather moto jacket for a twist on the fancy vibe they usually have. I’ve seen a few pretty ones while shopping, but they are always way more money than I’m willing to spend. So I thought it was a good chance to get back into making clothing items from scratch (sounds scary, right?). I used to actually make a lot more items from nothing when I was in high school, but since then there’s been a pretty long drought of that sort of thing. This project seemed like a good one to get back in the saddle for. Plus, making it myself was so much less expensive. and I was able to customize the length and layers to really make it fit the way I wanted it to. Ready to make one with me??

Tulle circle skirt DIY (click through for tutorial) With Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores being far and away our favorite fabric shop in Springfield, it’s only natural we’re teaming up with them on this post. If you don’t have one nearby, we highly recommend checking out their online shop.

Supplies:
tulle
lining that matches color of tulle
-craft paper for pattern
fabric scissors
elastic for waistband (1″-1.5″ thick)
straight pins and marking chalk

OK. To find the dimensions you’ll need for your pattern, first decide on the length you want your skirt to be (let’s say for our example you want it to be 22″ long). Then measure the fullest part of your hips (the skirt opening has to be big enough to go over your hips when you put it on), and divide that number by 3.14. Take that resulting number and divide by 2. So, for example, if the widest part of your hips measured 40, the equation would be 40 ÷ 3.14 = 12.73, and then 12.73 ÷ 2 = 6.36. That number would be your hip measurement number for your pattern (just round up to the nearest 1/4″ of an inch to make it easier).

Tulle circle skirt DIY (click through for tutorial)Use craft paper to cut a large square. Then measure your hip measurement out from one corner (just keep pivoting the ruler to make lots of marks and connect the dots at the end to get your rounded edge). Repeat the process from the same corner to find the bottom of your skirt line, but add the waist measurement to your total skirt length for that number (so if your length is 22″ and your waist measurement is 6.5″, then measure out 28.5″). Cut out your pattern paper.

Cut squares of tulle that are big enough to fit your paper pattern when the the square is folded in half, and then folded in half again to make a smaller square that is 1/4 the original size. Using the example numbers above, you would need a square that was 57″ wide (28.5 x 28.5 = 57) when unfolded. The number of squares you have determines the number of layers your skirt will contain, so buy your fabric yardage accordingly. If you can’t find a tulle wide enough to get a square as big as you need, you’ll have to sew two pieces side by side first before cutting your square down to size.

Fold your large square in half, and then in half again, and place the pattern so that the corner with the middle of the square is near the waistline of the pattern. Use fabric scissors to cut along the waistline and bottom hemline. Unfold the tulle, and you should have a giant tulle donut!

Tulle circle skirt DIY (click through for tutorial)Make as many tulle donuts (layers) as you want, and cut one extra with your pattern out of a lining material for the bottom. If you are going to hem your lining layer, I would cut it the same size as the tulle so it’s a little shorter on the bottom when hemmed. If you are going to use a serger to finish the edge (or if you bought a fabric that doesn’t need to be hemmed), start out by cutting it a little shorter to begin with. I think these skirts looks best when the lining is a little shorter than the tulle. Stack your layers together (with the lining as the bottom layer) and put a few pins near the waist to secure.

Tulle circle skirt DIY (click through for tutorial) To make your waistband, pin the elastic around your natural waist so that it feels snug but not too tight. Wiggle out of the elastic and sew it together at that point. Trim the ends to 1/2″ long, fold the ends down, pin in place, and sew those down to flatten them.

Tulle circle skirt DIY (click through for tutorial) Use marking chalk to mark 4 equal sections on the waistline of your tulle circle. Do the same with the inside edge of your waistband. Use the marks to line up your waistband with your fabric and pin with 4 straight pins at each mark (you’ll pin the bottom inside edge of the waistband onto the top of the fabric layers.

Tulle circle skirt DIY (click through for tutorial) Tulle circle skirt DIY (click through for tutorial) Since your elastic waistline is probably smaller than your fabric opening (that’s measured to the widest part of your hips), you’ll notice that there is some gapping where the sections of tulle are longer than the elastic. In that case, just pin the middle of each gap to the middle of the elastic section so you now have 8 pins total holding your layers together.

Tulle circle skirt DIY (click through for tutorial) To sew your layers together, turn your skirt inside out and sew a few stitches near where a pin is holding the layers together. While the needle is in the down position, pull your elastic towards you until the fabric gap straightens out and sew along the waistband with a 1/2″ seam allowance on the fabric layers. Continue this process of pulling the elastic and the fabric straight and sewing until you get all the way around the waistband. Once you’re done sewing, that’s it. You can try on your new skirt!

Tulle circle skirt DIY (click through for tutorial) I would say my biggest tip from making my own is to make sure you have all your layers pinned before you sew the waistband on. If you don’t, you’ll have parts of layers that weren’t sewn dangling lower on the bottom and you’ll have to tack it on by hand or remove the waistband and start over. Count your layers to make sure they are all pinned first!

Tulle circle skirt DIY (click through for tutorial) You can pretty much do as many layers as you want on this skirt without much added cost at all! I used 14 yards for my 8 layer skirt and the tulle only cost $10.36 total because it was on sale that week. Not too bad at all!! Like any other puffy/girly skirt, it’s so much fun to walk around or twirl in this. It’s definitely a clothing item that really puts you in a certain state of mind as soon as you put it on (these types of tops are great under high-waited skirts like these). Hope you decide to make your own too! xo. Laura

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Tulle Circle Skirt DIY

Ingredients

  • tulle
  • lining that matches color of tulle
  • craft paper for pattern
  • fabric scissors
  • elastic for waistband 1″-1.5″ thick
  • straight pins and marking chalk

Instructions

  1. To find the dimensions you’ll need for your pattern, first decide on the length you want your skirt to be (let’s say for our example you want it to be 22″ long). Then measure the fullest part of your hips (the skirt opening has to be big enough to go over your hips when you put it on), and divide that number by 3.14. Take that resulting number and divide by 2. So, for example, if the widest part of your hips measured 40, the equation would be 40 ÷ 3.14 = 12.73, and then 12.73 ÷ 2 = 6.36. That number would be your hip measurement number for your pattern (just round up to the nearest 1/4″ of an inch to make it easier).

  2. Use craft paper to cut a large square. Then measure your hip measurement out from one corner (just keep pivoting the ruler to make lots of marks and connect the dots at the end to get your rounded edge). Repeat the process from the same corner to find the bottom of your skirt line, but add the waist measurement to your total skirt length for that number (so if your length is 22″ and your waist measurement is 6.5″, then measure out 28.5″). Cut out your pattern paper.

  3. Cut squares of tulle that are big enough to fit your paper pattern when the the square is folded in half, and then folded in half again to make a smaller square that is 1/4 the original size. Using the example numbers above, you would need a square that was 57″ wide (28.5 x 28.5 = 57) when unfolded. The number of squares you have determines the number of layers your skirt will contain, so buy your fabric yardage accordingly. If you can’t find a tulle wide enough to get a square as big as you need, you’ll have to sew two pieces side by side first before cutting your square down to size.

  4. Fold your large square in half, and then in half again, and place the pattern so that the corner with the middle of the square is near the waistline of the pattern. Use fabric scissors to cut along the waistline and bottom hemline. Unfold the tulle, and you should have a giant tulle donut!

  5. Make as many tulle donuts (layers) as you want, and cut one extra with your pattern out of a lining material for the bottom. If you are going to hem your lining layer, I would cut it the same size as the tulle so it’s a little shorter on the bottom when hemmed. If you are going to use a serger to finish the edge (or if you bought a fabric that doesn’t need to be hemmed), start out by cutting it a little shorter to begin with. I think these skirts looks best when the lining is a little shorter than the tulle. Stack your layers together (with the lining as the bottom layer) and put a few pins near the waist to secure.

  6. To make your waistband, pin the elastic around your natural waist so that it feels snug but not too tight. Wiggle out of the elastic and sew it together at that point. Trim the ends to 1/2″ long, fold the ends down, pin in place, and sew those down to flatten them.

  7. Use marking chalk to mark 4 equal sections on the waistline of your tulle circle. Do the same with the inside edge of your waistband. Use the marks to line up your waistband with your fabric and pin with 4 straight pins at each mark (you’ll pin the bottom inside edge of the waistband onto the top of the fabric layers.

  8. Since your elastic waistline is probably smaller than your fabric opening (that’s measured to the widest part of your hips), you’ll notice that there is some gapping where the sections of tulle are longer than the elastic. In that case, just pin the middle of each gap to the middle of the elastic section so you now have 8 pins total holding your layers together.

  9. To sew your layers together, turn your skirt inside out and sew a few stitches near where a pin is holding the layers together. While the needle is in the down position, pull your elastic towards you until the fabric gap straightens out and sew along the waistband with a 1/2″ seam allowance on the fabric layers. Continue this process of pulling the elastic and the fabric straight and sewing until you get all the way around the waistband. Once you’re done sewing, that’s it. You can try on your new skirt!

Recipe Notes

I would say my biggest tip from making my own is to make sure you have all your layers pinned before you sew the waistband on. If you don’t, you’ll have parts of layers that weren’t sewn dangling lower on the bottom and you’ll have to tack it on by hand or remove the waistband and start over. Count your layers to make sure they are all pinned first!

Credits// Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with Stella of The Signature Collection

  • 5 stars
    I know this post is older but I am hoping someone sees this and can respond. I would love to make this skirt but have a few questions as follows

    1. You note that you needed 57″ across for your tulle squares so I assume you did, indeed, have to sew some of your fabric together (since most comes in 54″ width). My question is. Can’t you see the seams that you’ve sewed once the skirt is finished?
    2. How do you know how much lining to buy? I know there’s only one layer of it but is that 2 or 3 yards?
    3. Did you use any special presser feet and did you let down your feed dogs when sewing tulle. I know tulle is a little bit touchy to work with.

    Thank you so much for any help you can provide!! I love this skirt and appreciate your tutorial.

  • WOW! Great instructions (I’m a retired home ec teacher so good instructions are a big deal) and thank you so much for explaining the reasoning behind various measurements! I am making my first tulle skirt for a friend and do NOT want to mess up and have to go replace fabric!!!! No one’s got time or money for that!

  • I made this today and it came out very fluffy! I only used 6 layers of tulle, but it looks way poofier than the one you have pictured. Any thoughts why?

    • Maybe a different type of tulle? At my store, they had regular tulle which was softer and would probably lay flatter than the shiny tulle, which was much stiffer. Just a thought. I haven’t made this yet but am jumping in today with a fair amount of trepidation, even though I’ve sewn for almost 50 years!

  • Hi! I seriously might need to borrow a sewing machine from a friend to try and make one if these…

    Do you think I could add pockets to something like this? How would you do it if you were going to try to add pockets? (I’m a firm believer that my clothes should not only be cute, but also comfortable and functional.)

  • OMG! Finally a tutorial on the making of a circle skirt w/non-stretch fabric to fit over hips …
    Thanks!

  • Beauty will save the world and magento custom product designer will help you in this!

  • I’ve started this project and can’t wait to see the end result. However I’m cutting out the paper and don’t know how much to cut for the top rounded edg. My waist is 31inches and hip 36inches. Please help!

    I measured out 6inches from the corner and cut rounding to the other side of the square about 6 inches down: did I do it correctly? Thanks!

  • Beautiful SKIRT!!!

    I love tulle dresses / skirts and specially the skirt tutorial sheared by you. I also made a skirt looks alike and for that I bought material from online wholesaler Cheap Ribbons, You can also try from the same.

  • Great in-depth and practical post. Can’t remember reading such a helpful post dedicated to the humble art of the comment. On the other hand, now I’ve got no excuse for leaving a sub-par comment.

  • I love the skirt. Trying to make a sample skirt but I think my measurements are off?

  • Thanks for the tutorial! What stitch did you use to sew all the layers together onto the elastic?

  • Hi, I just sewed a tulle skirt but the skirt won’t go up past my hips. I measured the elastic as per my waist with the extra 1/2″. The elastic seems to not stretch. What could be wrong?
    Thank you!

  • I used more stiff tulle so it would have a more full shape, but soft would be beautiful too, just maybe add a few more layers if you use soft 🙂

    Laura

  • I love tulle dresses / skirts but i dont know if I can rock it haha… love this DIY, going to try it and see how it goes !
    -thecoralpineapple.blogspot.ca

  • So cute! I want to make one!

    Laura
    http://laurahager.blogspot.com/

  • This is soo cool and really easy.. I could make a million skirts and not get tired! Plus tulle is one of my fave fabrics.
    rarebeautyblog.wordpress.com/

  • Black circle tulle pretty. Nice Tutorial

  • Who doesn’t need this tulle skirt in their life?! Awesome DIY. Can’t wait to get making.

  • Love a good tulle skirt and this DIY looks very doable.

  • Oh my goodness this is the PERFECT tutorial! I’ve been swooning over all the tulle skirts but haven’t managed to find an affordable one. This tutorial makes it look pretty easy – I’ll have to make one for summer!

  • I am so incredibly glad I found this post! I LOVE tulle skirts, and this looks so easy I just might have to make one!

    Clara
    https://colormepurpple.wordpress.com

  • I love this! I’ve been looking for a tulle skirt, actually so this is perfect!

    Kristi
    www.beloverly.com

  • I have been wanting to make one of these for forever! They’re so great!

  • This skirt is so cute! Thanks for sharing.

    x Kate
    www.the-little-day-dreamer.blogspot.com

  • I have been drooling over every tulle skirt I have seen! I featured this post on my blog today! Enjoy!

  • I definitely can’t sew at all but I love this skirt!

    Casey
    http://thedistrictfox.com

  • Love this skirt!
    I am thinking doing two, one for me and one for my little girl ; )

  • I think it’s awesome that you can do something like that 🙂 Skirt is really beautiful.

  • Wow this looks absolutely gorgeous! Must be easier said than done, but I’m excited to try this someday. THOUGHTS IN TIFFANY BLUE

  • This is so cute! And I love the way you styled it. Definitely have to make this soon 🙂

    tonixox.blogspot.com

  • This looks GORGEOUS!! I wish I could make this but I just know it wouldn’t work 🙁 I’m terrible at DIY!

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  • Tulle skirts have become my new favourite skirts! (I already have a white tulle skirt!). Great outfit! I absolutely love it!!!

  • I absolutely adore this. I think pairing this with one of my band t-shirts and a pair of converse would be fantastic. I better get to the fabric store…

  • I love tulle skirts. Now I just need to find someone who can make me the one you showed. (Since I cannot sew:-()

    Tx for this tutorial!

  • It’s like you read my mind! i’ve been dying for one of these! 😀 YAY!

    http://www.misadventuro.us

  • I saw some ten year olds at the store and they went shopping for specifically tulle. I cannot imagine spending over $100 on a skirt when you can make it custom to fit you. I love wearing skirts in the summertime. What a great idea.
    http://askmelissaanything.blogspot.com/2015/05/life-is-bowl-of-red-cherries.html

  • I’m not usually a fan of tulle but this turned out really nicely! It looks so pretty and perfect for the warm weather that’s just rolling in.

  • Perfect! You always seems to look so easy! Love it!
    Kisses from Portugal

    http://denisedeassis.com

  • This is so pretty. I love the black, it looks more chic and grownup!

    www.fishandbull.com

  • Love the skirt!
    Always want to make one for myself…
    What kind of tulle did you use, soft or stiff?

    www.humancat.co

  • This looks like my project for the weekend. Thanks for sharing.

    Liv

    www.livforstyle.net

  • Yay. I love this look. I think I might be able to pull of making this. Circle skirts are easier to make than other skirts. :]

    // http://www.itscarmen.com ▲

  • This tutorial is just amazing! So simple! I can sew but prefer somth plain and gorgeous like this=))

  • This turned out so cute!! I would never be able to make this.. so can you start up a little etsy store! ha! 😉

  • I LOVE tulle skirts! I even have a post on my blog solely dedicated to styling them! It’s amazing to see how easily you can make them yourself. Thanks for sharing!

  • Like you, I’ve been wanting a tulle skirt, too, but just haven’t pulled the trigger. Your post makes it look super easy to DIY; I may just see what I can come up with! Thanks for the great info. It looks super cute.

  • i am happy to report, i have found tulle to be ageless! you may think it needs to be only on the young, and not the ‘young-at-heart’ ~ but turns out we can all pull if off if used just right. i may not be able to pull off a tulle circle tulle skirt, but there are other options that are muy bueno. thanks for the share! this diy is a keeper.

  • Ooh! The ballerina in me loves this DIY! I certainly will be following these instructions, after I complete my Peter Pan Collar Tee. Thanks for this!

    <3
    Emory

  • This looks amazing! Very Carrie Bradshaw! Plus with the striped top it looks amazing!
    Abbie xx
    Yetanotherstudentblog.blogspot.co.uk

  • LOVE IT!!!
    and it looks easy.. so I think I am going to try. Wish me luck 😉
    Paula

  • It looks SO ADORABLE!!!!! Well done on making it yourself!! Very impressive

    Can I pay you to make me one? Hahaha xp

    Dorky-and-weird.blogspot.com

    Xoxo Jessy

  • ahh soo cute!! this is EXACTLY how i made the tulle skirt for my gustav klimt dress at my fashion show this year!!! with a different fabric layered over it, it becomes a quite haute couture look!

    xoxoxo, Naomi | here’s my tulle circle skirt! -> http://bunnyandfawn.blogspot.com/2015/05/life-lately-my-fashion-show.html

  • YESSS!!! one of my FAVORITE projects <3 i think i have one in every color of the rainbow…. except brown ;D <3

    • Great easy way to make my favorite skirt! I’m 68yrs old use Rollator walker with service dog named Scarlotte + if u buy this skirt in store very expensive! I have dresses with these SWING SKIRTS! LOVE THEM!!!!! HOWEVER, IT’S HARD TO FIND NICE FABRIC that stretches which is what I like to make my dresses from. Would also like to make your style skirt from stretch fabric with the tulle underneath! I bought 2 tulle skirts red + black. Luckily, on sale.
      Thank u for pattern. They are very expensive! I’m 68yrs old but don’t dress it.
      I want to dress like a young woman!!!!!

  • That looks so simple to do!!!! 🙂 wish I had a sewing machine

  • Adorable! I would have never thought to make a tulle skirt from a circle skirt pattern (all the ones I’ve seen are always more dirndl style), yet it looks so much more sliming and flattering.

    xo,
    -Charlotte

  • This appears to be relatively straight forward!
    Think I now have a little project for bank holiday weekend. Thank you kindly x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

  • This is perfect for Spring! I love how soft and elegant it looks. Especially when paired with a simple fitted T-shirt or tank. beautiful!
    www.oomphlove.blogspot.ca

  • This is so cute and you make it look so easy to make!

    www.franklyflawless.com

  • love this tutorial! I also LOVE those shoes! I’ve been searching for a good pair of chunky heeled shoes! Can you tell me where you found yours?

  • This is amazing! Plus these types of skirts are so in right now, thanks for sharing this with us 🙂

  • I adore everything about this! Love the simplicity of the black and the length!

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
    www.littlewildheart.com

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