DIY Minnie Mouse Tutu Dress

Saturday, October 20, 2012
So, my 2 1/2 year old girl finally decided she wanted to be Minnie Mouse for halloween.  But, it couldn't just be any Minnie Mouse Costume, she wanted it to be a tutu dress! After much searching online to find the perfect dress, I decided to make my own!  It was pretty easy, really didn't take too much time, and was a great accomplishment! Can't wait to see her in it!

Rather than keeping this awesome idea to myself, here's the tutorial:

Here's the supplies you will need:
  • 75 yards of red tulle.  This was pre-cut 6 inches.
  • White satin ribbon 2 inches wide for the polka dots
  • Red and White polka dot ribbon for the shoulder straps and waist bow
  • Crochet headband
  • Cardboard

Measure your cardboard to be the height from under her armpits to how long you want the dress to be.  I measured ours from her armpits to about an inch from her ankles.  All the tulle can be the same length.  When you add it to the crocheted headband, it will end up being slightly layered.  Wrap the tulle around your cardboard.

Cut the tulle only on one side of the cardboard.  You want the tulle to be double in length ultimately.

With the tulle folded in the center, push the looped end down through the bottom of the crocheted loop in the headband.  With your pincher fingers, grab the other end and tighten like a pull knot.  This is all you have to do all the way around! Easy, huh!?
Keep looping your tulle through the layers of the headband.  I did 3 layers.  (Which is why you need 75 yards of 6 inch tulle! Hint: If you buy tulle on the bolt and cut it yourself into 6 in pieces, it is much cheaper and only adds a half hour to your work)
This is what your "dress" will look like when all done.  Very poofy!

Now, to add the arm straps.  On the top layer of the headband.   About 1 inch from center (my center was the flower) start your loops again.  Starting in the front or back, make your loops just as you did the rest of the dress, then cross your tulle over the top to form your strap.  To secure on the back, push your tulle through the top layer, only enough to form a loop, then pull your loose ends through.  You can leave the ends down, as this just forms another layer to the dress.  Do this 3 times on each side of your dress.

Now for the last couple steps: Add your belt.  Easy peasy,  to see how long of a belt you need, put the dress on your girl, tie the ribbon around her waist, measure, then cut how long you want it to be.  Then quickly take off the dress before you can't get it off her!  For the polka dot ribbon for the shoulder straps you can either sew them in or glue them in.  I chose hot glue.  Cut your ribbon to the right length, glue them under your tulle straps that already exist.  Hint: Make sure you stretch out your headband before you glue or sew the straps in so it doesn't pull when the dress gets put back on.  Done!

Last step! With your 2 inch wide white satin ribbon cut out polka dots.  This can be done in a plethora of ways.  If you have a circle fabric cutter, you are in luck.  I only have a circle cutter for paper, so I cut out a stencil circle, folded my ribbon over and over on itself. Placed my stencil on top, and voila! Got 20 circles in one cut!  I think I ended up using about 30 circles.  Lastly, glue your polka dots on the top layer of tulle in a random pattern around the skirt of the dress. You're done!
Close up with her ears. She will be wearing some black leggings and a black long sleeved shirt underneath.  It's going to be awesome! Questions? Comments?


  1. She is going to be sooo cute!!! Great Job, Shauna!

  2. This is absolutely adorable!

  3. This is great Shauna. I'm thinking of making Esmé some tutus to play in. This would work great. :)

  4. This is awesome!!! I think even I might be able to pull this one off. But can you tell where you would find a crocheted headband and do you have to get a certain size?

    1. I am confident you will be able to do this! It's not too bad, just time consuming! You can get the crocheted headbands online (like from Amazon) for example here is a link I found that would work

      You want to make sure they aren't just newborn and that they say can fit probably up to 5 year olds. Those are the ones that will be able to stretch enough to work. If you have anymore questions, let me know!

  5. Can you make me the same one i so love that dress it gonna be my babygirl 1st birthday and this wud be right. .i wud pay you . .

    1. I can! why don't you email me and we'll set something up?

  6. I love this! I am in the process of hunting down the white ribbon with polka dots! I can NOT seem to find it anywhere! Is it wired? Thank you!!!! :D