Lulu loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I knew for Halloween this year I wanted her to be Minnie Mouse. I started an endless pursuit of the perfect Minnie Mouse costume. I went to multiple stores and completed approximately 45 internet searches but I could not find the Minnie Mouse costume I had envisioned. So, I decided to make one! As you all know, I am not very crafty. If I can do this, so can you!

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Step 1:

Collect all of your materials. You will need elastic, 3 yards of red tulle, white felt, black felt, black headband, red and white polka dot material. I found it really easy to find red material with white polka dots. At my local craft store I had the option of three different types of materials that would work for this. If for some reason you can’t find red material with white polka dots you could always use plain red material and glue on small white felt. You will also need scissors, a hot glue gun and cardboard {I used cardboard from a cereal box}.  To cut circles, you can use a circle cutter or you can just use circular household objects.


I purchased the tulle I used for this tutu at the local craft store but it is a much better deal to order tulle off of Amazon in a bundle package. I would recommend purchasing THIS BUNDLE.  It has a good variety of colors at a great price.

Step 2:

You will need to determine the length of the elastic you will need. The best way to do this is to measure the waist of the child you are making the tutu for. If you are unable to measure the child’s waist, you can estimate the length of the elastic based on the table below. Once you cut your elastic you will need to use the hot glue gun to seal the two ends together.

Clothing SizesElastic Sizes
Newborn11 Inches
0-3 Months12 Inches
3-6 Months13 Inches
6-9 Months14 Inches
9-12 Months15 Inches
12-18 Months16 Inches
24 Months17 Inches
3T18 Inches
4T20 Inches
5T22 Inches

Step 3:

Cut your red tulle into rectangles. See chart below to see the length of your rectangles based on the age of the child you are making a tutu for. All rectangles should have a width of 10 inches. I used 35 rectangles of tulle. I was making the tutu for a child in 9-12 month clothing.  You will need more or less tulle pieces depending on the size of the child.

Clothing SizeTutu Length
Newborn4 Inches
0-3 Months4 Inches
3-6 Months6 Inches
6-9 Months6 Inches
9-12 Months8 Inches
12-18 Months8 Inches
24 Months10 Inches
3T10 Inches
4T11 Inches
5T11 Inches


Step 4:

Fold each of your rectangles in half and roll each piece.


Step 5:

Slide your elastic band over the cardboard. Slide 1/2 of each rectangle  underneath the elastic band. Then tie the tulle around the elastic band. Once this is tied, you need to take the next piece of tulle and tie it to the elastic band. This tulle should overlap the previous tulle piece. Continue this until your elastic band is completely covered with tulle. You will want to have the tulle overlapping as this is the best way to cover your elastic. None of the elastic should be showing.


Step 6:

Cut circles that are approximately 1.5 inches across. You can use larger circles if you prefer bigger dots. You can use a circle cutter if you have one. You can also just use anything around the house that is circular and a size that you like. I used 22  circles but it depends on how many dots you want on your tutu and how large of circles you choose to make.


Step 7:

Use the hot glue gun to glue each of the dots onto the tutu. You can glue as many dots as you prefer but be sure to glue each dot onto one tulle piece. One dot should not be glued onto more than one rectangle of tulle.


Step 8:

Fold the black felt in half. Place your circular object on the fold of the felt. Your circles should measure 4 inches across {mine are a little smaller because I couldn’t find the right size object}. Leave a small portion of the object off of the felt. Trace the circle with white chalk.  Cut out the shapes.


Step 9:

You are going to fold the black shapes over the headband. Use the hot glue gun to glue around the edges of the felt.


Step 10:

You will now need to make the headband. You can go here to see my headband tutorial. The bow in this tutorial is much smaller than the bow I made for the Minnie Mouse ears. This tutorial shows the bow being put into nylons. This won’t work with the Minnie Mouse ears. You can either use a standard plastic headband or you can use an elastic headband. I had a black elastic headband that I wasn’t using so I just removed the flower that was previously on it.

Step 11:

Use the hot glue gun to glue your bow in the middle of the ears.


Your work is complete! Pair the tutu and headband with a black shirt and black leggings. It is the most adorable Minnie Mouse costume I’ve seen!