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DIY Adult Tutu for Halloween

See how easy it is to make an Adult Tutu. You can wear it to a party, as part of a Halloween costume, or to show off your love of Pokémon with a Pokemon Ball Costume. The options are endless when you consider sizes, length, colors, and events to wear it to.

woman dressed in a custom pokemon ball costume

DIY Adult Tutu

I am a Halloween DIY costume person. I love to come up with simple costumes so that I can avoid buying a costume. Over the years I have made cows, a ghillie suit, several couples costumes, and many costumes for my children.

I let the children pick their costumes. As they have gotten older, they make their own costumes, but I assist with the supplies. Check out more DIY Halloween Costume Ideas.

This Tulle Tutu has come in handy and has been used in several costumes over the years. We have since made a black one, which has proven to be more versatile. My daughter used it as a ballet tutu for a performance.

DIY Tutu Halloween Costumes for Adults

Making a no-sew tutu for adults is fairly easy. The directions can be adjusted to make a plus-sized tutu or one for children.

You will need the following supplies:

How much tulle do you need to make a tutu for adults?

Tulle comes in 6″ rolls. The most common is a 25-yard spool, which is available in all colors. 80-100 yards is sufficient for most adult tutus. I used 100 yards for my large skirt, which you can get in one spool for under $10.

How do you make a homemade tutu?

Making a tutu is easy!

  1. Measure to determine size.
  2. Cut strips of tulle.
  3. Tie tulle to ribbon.

Is there a quicker way to make a tutu?

Save time by using a rotary cutter & mat to cut the tulle. If you do not have a rotary cutter, get someone to help you with the cutting. One person can roll out the tulle while the other cuts.

If this seems like too much work, order a handmade tutu from Etsy.

Can I make one with elastic?

Yes, you can measure a piece of 1″ elastic to fit around your waist and stitch or tie it to form a loop. Then loop the tulle around the elastic.

Stepping through the skirt is the best way to get it on.

Pokemon Ball Tutu Costume

Since I love playing Pokémon GO, I wanted to have some kind of costume related to Pokémon. I considered one of the many Pokémon that I like but ultimately decided that a Poké Ball would be the easiest. Pokemon fans should check out my free printables.

woman in a pokemon tutu halloween costume

The red part of the Pokeball is a plain red t-shirt. The white tutu forms the bottom of the ball. The locking bar is made with a felt bet.

How to Make a Pokémon Ball Belt

Start out by measuring the length of your belt, which is the Poké Ball locking bar. Do this with the tutu on so that you get the right fit, including a bow to tie it in the back.

Cut a circle out of the black felt to represent the outside of the release button.
Cut a smaller circle out of the white felt to represent the inside of the release button.

Glue the white circle onto the center of the black circle.
Glue the complete circle to the middle front of the black ribbon.

Getting into the costume is easy. First, put on the red shirt. Next, tie on the white tutu. Finally, tie on the black belt.

How cute is that? I am modeling the outfit over black pants and a long-sleeved shirt because that is how I will wear it on Halloween when it is chilly out.

pokemon go ball tutu halloween costume

My daughter tried the costume on too. It is a long fluffy tutu on her, but still adorable.

little girl in a pokeball costume

This easy crafting tutorial can be adapted for various widths and lengths and can be customized with any color you want.

I am pleased with how the tutu turned out. My other homemade costumes include a transforming Pop-Up Camper, a couples’ S’more Costume.

woman in a tutu with tutorial text
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Adult Tutu Tutorial

Adult Tutu Tutorial

See how easy it is to make your own adult-sized tutu!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $10


  • 6" wide white tulle, approximately 80-100+ yards depending on the fullness and length you want
  • grosgrain ribbon, I used 1" wide


  • scissors


  1. Figure out how much ribbon you need by wrapping the narrow ribbon around your waist and cutting the length. Make sure you, allow enough extra so that you can tie a big bow in the back.
  2. Unroll and cut the tulle into 48" lengths, which will yield a skirt that is about 24" long. I measured the first cut and then used that length as a guide for the others. It doesn't take very long to cut all the tulle. I wanted a fluffy tutu, so I used over 100 yards. Cut the tulle longer or shorter than 48" depending on the length you want.
  3. Fold a piece of tulle in half and loop over the ribbon.
  4. Pull the ends through the loop until a loop knot is formed.
  5. Continue this process with each cut length of tulle to form a full skirt. I did not realize that I had a mix of plain and glitter tulle until they were cut, so I alternated the plain and glitter for an even look.
  6. Even out the tulle as needed.
  7. Tie the tutu around your waist.


This tutu can go with any costume. So many possibilities!

Please share your creation on this pin over at Pinterest.

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Wednesday 12th of September 2018

Great post and fun tutorial! Pinned! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week! Kim

Diana Rambles

Wednesday 12th of September 2018

Thank you, Kim!


Saturday 16th of September 2017

This is so fun! I love this and so easy to make. Pinning and saving for later. I have an event to go to and I'm wondering if this would make a cute costume.

Diana Rambles

Saturday 16th of September 2017

Thanks, Tammy! You will rock the tutu.

Amy Mayen

Friday 30th of September 2016

Tutus go with EVERY costume, in my experience. Great tutorial! People are goingto love you in this costume!

Ana Lopes

Friday 30th of September 2016

So fun! I really love your Pokemon outfit! Have a great day! Hugs and love from Portugal, Ana Love Craft

Diana Rambles

Friday 30th of September 2016

Thanks, Ana! It was a lot of fun to create and wear.

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