Tutu Shirt for Valentine's Day


Tutu Shirt for Valentine's Day


Create an adorable Valentine's Day outfit for any little girl (even a baby) with these easy-to-follow sewing instructions. Make and add a festive red tutu to any shirt or onesie.

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Tutu Shirt for Valentine's Day


  • 2 1/2 yards each of two different colors of tulle (There will be enough tulle left over to make two more t's.)
  • Child's T-shirt (I love the Cherokee perfect t's from Target.)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Rotary cutter, ruler and self healing mat, or scissors and a really steady hand.


On this Tutu T-shirt I am using red for the top shorter layer and pink underneath.

Materials for Tutu Shirt

Cut the top, shorter layer 12 inches wide by 90 inches long.  (The 90 inches is why you need 2 1/2 yards.)

Cutting Tulle

Cut the bottom, longer layer 14 inches by 90 inches.

Cutting Tulle 2

Fold each layer in half, separately. Stack them on top of each other with the raw edges lining up. The folded edges will be staggered on the bottom. Pin the two layers together near the raw edges.

Basting Stitch Tulle

Using a basting stitch  (the longest stitch on your machine and the least amount of tension)  sew the entire length of the tulle near the raw edges.  Do not backstitch on either end and leave lots of thread hanging on each side.

Gathering Tulle

Pull one of the threads and begin gathering the tulle.  It will start to look like a tutu.  When it seems about the right width to go around the t-shirt move on to the next step.

Pinning Tulle

Starting in the middle of the back of the t-shirt start pinning the tulle. The shorter top layer of tulle should be the one laying on top of the t-shirt.

Pinning Tulle 2

Continue pinning it as close to the bottom of the shirt, all of the way around.

Pinning Tulle to Shirt 3

Overlap it when you return to the middle of the back of the shirt.

Stitching Tulle to Shirt

Place the shirt under your needle and foot.  Return the stitch length and tension to normal.  I like to use a medium size zig zag stitch.  It makes it easier to catch the layers of tulle, as well as helps the t-shirt stretch.  Backstitch at the beginning and end.

Sewing Tulle to Shirt 2

This is what mines looks like.  Don't worry that it is a little messy.  It will be covered by the rest of the skirt.

Underside of Sewn Edge

Here is the underneath of the finished product.  You can carefully trim any wayward tulle if it is driving you crazy.

Finished Tutu Shirt

Hooray!!! Look what you made!!! It wasn't so bad was it?

Tulle for Onesie

I couldn't leave Janey out right? I made a few changes to make her a little onesie. I cut just one piece of tulle 8 inches by 90 inches. I gathered it a bit more than the bigger girls' shirts. Then I pinned it starting in the back of the onesie.

Pinning Tulle to Onesie

Continue pinning it all of the way around. Overlapping at the beginning.

Sewing Tulle to Onesie

Same zig zag stitch, trying my best to keep it straight without the benefit of a t-shirt seam.

Tutu Onesie for Valentine's Day


Find more ideas from Julie at her blog, Joy's Hope.

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What little girl wold not love wearing this cute tutu anytime but this red and white one is great for Valentine's Day. attaching it to this ready made onsie or t shirt makes it a lot faster. I like mine real full though so I would cute more for the width. Just figure how full you want it on both pieces top and bottom and if you want to make it pop out more ,sew some pretty ric-rac or ribbon on bottom of tulle before you gather the tulle. Also if you run 2 lines of long stitching for gathering it will make the gathering prettier.

I am guessing you found a t-shirt with the heart already on it. I checked at Target on line and was not able to find a t-shirt with a heart, only plain t-shirts. Did you purchase the t-shirt directly from the store? I will go looking for t-shirts with hearts. Thanks

this is cute. All little girls want to be ballerinas!


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