Tulle Maxi Skirt DIY

Sometimes in my dreams I am a lady of the King’s court. Which King? Any King. I just want to wear the dresses and bodices, dance, drink and be merry. I may watch far too much of The Tutors. However my inner Lady of the Court was awoken when I stumbled on this lovely gem on Etsy.


For some a $400 skirt, given the right occasion is a great deal; maybe their wedding. However for me that is a terrible deal so I busted out some tulle (30 yards to be exact) and got to reproducing this piece. My skirt was not quite as full but it was only $30.

Side note: I don’t do well with patterns.

You will need:

  • Tulle: The more you buy the fuller your skirt will be. I used 30 yards; I am 5’9 and wear a size 8 or 10.
  • Black stretchy fabric: Optional. You can use whatever you would like to go under your skirt.
  • Thick Elastic: One pack could be used for two skirts for me.
  • Fabric scissors: Way easier to cut with.
  • Pins: Long pins are preferred but not necessary.
  • Sewing machine and tread

This project was done over a few weekends for me because I usually do not have a ton of time to sew.

NOTE: I did all of my cutting and measuring prior to doing any sewing.

  • I also cut my 30 yards into 3 pieces. Two at about 10 yards and one piece was made into lots of separate long pieces for extra movement and fluff.
  • I used two waist bands for this as well.

Step 1: Sew one waistband. Pretty much however you please. I sewed in about an inch from the edge and then folded over each side and sewed both ends down.


Step 2: I made my first skirt out of black stretchy fabric. This could go under the tulle though I decided to wear a maxi dress under instead.


Optional: But you are probably going to want to hem it.


Step 3: Sew waist band to skirt. I used lots of pleats so I didn’t have to do much measuring…so lazy.



Step 4: Put on and say “damn!” (It is so long because I wanted to wear it with heels.)


Now on to the tulle!

Step 5: Take the other piece of your elastic waist band. (This should not be sewn yet.) Pin and sew the outermost layer of tulle to your waist band. (make sure to leave a little space at the ends of the waist band.)


Step 6: Pin and sew the second layer of tulle to your waist band. (This layer was the one with lots of stripes of tulle. To make it easier, I gathered and hand sewed the tulle pieces together just at the top.)


Step 7: Layer 3! Pin and sew this next layer on top. It should be getting difficult to pin through. This is a lot of tulle!


Step 8: Sew the two ends of the waist band together in the back. Overlap slightly. Then it’s done!


It’s not too pretty but that’s okay! Slap a scarf or belt or shirt over the waist band and you are good!

Congratulations! You just made an awesome tulle maxi skirt. I wore mine to a masquerade party and it got rave reviews!


Check back for more DIYs!


33 thoughts on “Tulle Maxi Skirt DIY

  1. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  2. Could you leave the second layer of tulle uncut until it’s attached, Then cut strips up after it’s sewn on to the waistband? Would that mess up the final look? Also could you see the lining onto the same waistband?

    1. You could definitely leave the second layer uncut. It might even save some time. You could also sew the lining in. The only reason I did not was so that I could have options to wear other things under it.

    1. Yes. The 40 yards will make it fuller. I am 5’8″ but I made the skirt to wear with heels. You can adjust the fullness by how much you gather it. Let me know how it goes!

  3. I made this skirt with 30 yards with 2 layers of black tulle and 1 layer of multi colored strips… it is very see through. Should I use another black layer?

    1. Hi Aimee. More layers of tulle will help with sheerness but it will also add more fullness fast. If you are worried about it being see through I recommend making an underskirt using a stretchy knit fabric. You can also wear choose to wear it over maxi shirts and dresses or a shorter skirt or dress. Let me know what you end up doing and if any of this helps. 🙂

  4. I have absolutely no where to wear this but dang I am going to make it and I am going to wear it. Even if it is just at home.

  5. I just found this post. I am getting married soon and I am wondering how wide you cut the strips into. My measurement from my high waist to the floor is 47″, so… I guess I should cut my lengths there… But unsure how wide to allow the strip to be. Any advice would be great!!

  6. This is super cute!! Think I’ll have my mom whip one up for me for my vow renewal. Thought I wanted lace, but now that I see this…….

  7. Thanks for sharing! Quick question – how did you sew the tulle onto the elastic band such that the elastic band still stretched? I need to be sure to be able to get it over my hips! 😉 Thanks!

  8. My tule just came in the mail, using your idea and yellow tule I’m making a belle dress for halloween, thank you so much for your instructions 🙂

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