DIY Tulle Circle Skirt.

I love Pinterest! {I know you do too, want to be friends? Follow me!} It has so many fun projects, ideas  and pictures on it. Recently while looking for some ideas to show my brothers fiancé regarding flower girl dresses I came across a couple of pictures of Ladies in Tulle Skirts. I am not talking a full on tutu here but a lovely skirt with just a touch of whimsy that only tulle can bring.

I saw, I liked, I figured, “Hey I could make one”


Here is how I did.


This skirt is a classic circle skirt, easy to sew and you get to use all that High School Geometry that you have forgotten.

First here are my materials and I will explain how I determined my yardage and how you can too.


10 yards tulle

3 yards lining

2 inch elastic waist band

Matching thread

Parchment or Pattern paper

Pencil, measuring tape, scissors, etc.

To get started you need a few measurements so you can go fabric shopping.

Measurement 1: Waist Circumference (C)

I wanted my skirt to sit at the narrowest part of my waist, right at my belly button. Using a measuring tape I measured with my tape resting snugly without sucking it in or pulling tight.

I got 29 inches

Measurement 2: Length (L)

I wanted my skirt to hit right at my knees so I measured from my belly button to the top of my knees. {It helps to have a hubby or friend read this one so you are not trying to contort to get the number}

I got 22 inches

Now for some Math

In order to create our circle pattern we need to know the radius(R) of our waist circle.  Dust off that corner of your brain and remember what that equation is,got it?  R=C/(2π). Yeah me neither, so I go here and use this handy calculator.

Based on my measurements of 29, I get a radius of 4.5.

Because I am using an elastic waist I want my skirt to have a lovely drape to it so I added 1 inch to my radius and have 5.5 inches

How much fabric will you need?

You are going to be cutting a big circle from your fabrics and the easiest way is to create a ¼ circle pattern and fold your fabric into a square.

My ¼ square measures 27.5 inches. (22{L} + 5.5 {R}) This means that I will need a piece a fabric 55×55 to cut each layer out of.

The standard on the bolt tulle is 58 inches wide. As is lining so I did not have to piece my skirts or order wider online.

Buying Yardage

Using my above measurement of 55×55, {remember each yard is 36 in long by 58 in wide}  I needed 1 yard, 19 inches per layer.  10 yard of tulle = 6 layers {or just shy 7}. 3 yards of lining = 2 layers

Creating your pattern

Using pattern or parchment paper create a square 1 or 2 inches larges that you need. Using a compass or string draw out 2 arcs. #1 at the R {5.5 in} and #2 at 27.5 {(R+L)}

See picture for example


Cutting your Circles

Cut your tulle into sections long enough to cut from (55 in + 1 for wiggle)

Fold each section into a square keeping the Folded edge toward you.

Align and pin pattern along Folded edges.


Cut and Repeat with remainder of the tulle and lining


Assembling Waistband

Cut 2 inch elastic by 30 inch long piece. {Waist was 29}

Aligning cut edges sew 1 inch in.

Open Seam and sew down edges.

Set aside.

DSC_0010Shown here in contrasting colors

Assembling skirt

Because I choose Ivory I had to doubled my lining. Sew outer curve {with 1 inch seam allowance} with right sides together, notch, flip and top stitch. Bringing the lining up allows the tulle to show. If you are working with a darker color, there is no need to double it and simply hem the lining up 1 inch so the tulle has some over hang.

Mark quarter distance with pin.


Overlay 1st layer of tulle pining inner curves together.

Repeat with remainder of tulle layers.

Using basting stitch, sew along inner curve to hold all layers together.

skirt5Trust me don’t skip this and go straight to pinning your waistband. The tulle has a mind of its own and shifts like crazy.

Turn skirt inside out, place elastic inside skirt then Mark and Pin waistband and skirt at regular intervals allowing for drape between pins.


Attach elastic to skirt, ½ inch allowance then ¼ inch. {Remember to stretch to elastic as you sew.}

Remove pins and wear.

skirt6Fresh off the machine.

I love how this turned out. It is a fun flirty skirt that shimmers just a little and should look great in our Family Pictures this year. It is like a grown up version of a Princess Dress or Ballerina skirt.

I have paired it with a Burgundy sweater and wide Brown belt.  But I have seen it done with Sparkly Tanks and Fitted Jackets or Button Downs. Ahhh, the possibilities are endless.


This pattern works great for all manner of fabrics and is a great addition to both your wardrobe and any little Ladies who might be around.

Happy Sewing and…

Enjoy A Little Fancy for Every Day from

Kayla’s Kloset