How To Make An Elsa Dress (no sewing required!)

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How to make Elsa dress

It seems every little girl’s dream right now is to own a dress just like Queen Elsa. But with official Frozen merchandise so sparse (and expensive!) I just knew I’d have to get creative and make an Elsa dress of our own.

Actually, it’s not that difficult to make an Elsa dress – and it’s really quite quick and fun!

Even your little one could drive you nuts help you.

To make an Elsa dress you will need:

1 x stretchy crochet top
1 x roll of turquoise tulle
Tape measure

tutu crochet band and tulle

First, you need to decide how long you want your dress skirt to be. Using the tape measure, measure from your child’s waist downwards.

Remember this measurement and DOUBLE it. This will be the length you need to cut your pieces of tulle.

How To Make An Elsa Dress

Take your spool of tulle and cut-off a number of pieces that are equal in length to your (doubled) measurement.

It’s easier to prepare them in advance so start with 20-30 lengths and work from there.

You may also find it easier to stretch your crochet band over a book to expose the holes and make it easier to thread your skirt.

make an Elsa dress

Take one piece of your cut tulle length, fold it in half and poke it through a hole on the lower edge of your crochet band.

I like to start threading on the 2nd row, as the first edge always looks so delicate!

Frozen costume tutorial

Holding the two loose ends of your folded length of tulle, poke them through the loop and gently pull to fasten.

Now the fun part… repeat all the way round :)

Since Elsa’s dress is very fitting and elegant, I didn’t want the skirt of my Elsa dress to be overly ‘full’. I therefore chose to thread my tulle through every other hole in my crochet band.

And remember, this band is stretched open whilst I’m threading, so these will all condense down, too.

Elsa tutu dress

Once you’ve finished your first row, begin threading a second row for your Elsa dress.

This time, thread your tulle through alternate holes in the row above so you have no gaps in your skirt.

Elsa dress tutorial

Decorate your Elsa Dress

I was hoping to find some gorgeous snow flakes that I could decorate our Elsa dress with, unfortunately, there was nothing to be found.

Instead, I found this gorgeous turquoise sequinned flower, which looks kinda like a snowflake, dontcha think?

In keeping with my no-sew project, I simply cut off a half-inch strip from my tulle roll and tied this on. Why make things more complicated than they need be!

Make an Elsa Frozen dress

The straps of our Elsa dress were super simple, too.

I took one of our left-over lengths of tulle from our skirt and made another slip knot at the front of the dress (at the top edge of the crochet band).

Taking one of the ends, I pulled it over the shoulder, pulling the fabric straight to form a small sleeve, then simply tied in a knot at the back to fasten.

You can trim any loose ends or just hide them inside.

Elsa dress shoulders

And that’s it.

How to make an Elsa dress! 

How to make a Elsa dress

You like?

Do you wanna build a snowman?

Sorry, I couldn’t resist 😀

How to make a Elsa Frozen dress

Your turn!

Why don’t you have a go and make an Elsa dress for your little Princess. It would make a perfect costume for Halloween!

If you do make one, I’d love to see it. Please pop back and share a photo or leave a post on my Facebook wall. 

Got any questions? Leave me a message in the comments section below and I promise to respond to you.

xoxo Natalie

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  1. says

    Gorgeous dress….and little girl!

    Thanks for a timely post…I was just wondering how I could make a princessy dress for toddler-daughter. Love your Halloween outfits, too, will have a read through your tutorials shortly.

      • Julie Rose says

        Thank you for this pattern. School bookday has just been dropped in my lap and I have 3 days to make a costume. I don’t feel confident enough on my sewing machine yet to make one like you see in the shops so your pattern is perfect.

    • Natalie says

      Hi Louise,

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

      If you look back through my blog posts, you will see each year I have made numerous tutus for Halloween and Christmas. This Halloween being no exception. At the request of my 4 year old for an Elsa dress, I’ve simply modified the colour scheme to suit the craze of the year – Frozen.

      I am sorry if you feel that this was a copy of Joanne’s, it certainly isn’t. In fact, Joanne utilised one of my original tutorials to create her lovely Elsa-inspired tutu in the first place.

      • Irene says

        Hi Natalie, thank you so much for the beautiful tutorial …I’m just sad that some people come to look, just to try to offend you, saying its a carbon copy….you are so nice !!! Too nice to even respond to her, with nice words, but to the point ..I’m so sorry for people like this, you took you precious time, took pictures step by step…and this!!??!! Thank you so much again, it’s a really wonderful tutorial …your daughter is beautiful !!! Hugs

        • Ellie says

          I agree with the above statement, people should just bigger off if they don’t have any thing nice to say,

          my god daughter is turning 4 in august and she loves frozen so I’m going to make her a dress using your pattern,
          Thanks so much for the inspiration I love it, so excited to get stuck in xxx

  2. Nancy says

    Just what I need for my 6 year old who wants to be Elsa this year. Where can I find that tube top? I’ve never seen one before, I don’t think…?

    • Natalie says

      Hi Jade!

      The turquoise tulle roll I purchased was 100 yards, but I had loads left over AND, my skirt length was long. (I intentionally left the skirt less-full since Elsa wears a more fitted style dress).

      I just looked back on my Christmas tutu and that did use 2 x rolls and they were 25 yd ones.

  3. Navi says

    Hi Natalie,

    Thanks for the lovely dress tutorial. I was thinking of one for my 6 and half year old daughter but not very sure what size crochet tube top to buy as there are different sizes. Can you please explain how to find the correct size for her. Thanks

  4. katie says

    I’ve made a few tulle dresses here lately, but haven’t found a way to keep the tulle from bunching up while being worn. I’ve tried spraying the tulle with hairspray, liquid fabric softener, & Downy wrinkle releaser. Do yiu have any tricks/suggestions?

  5. Tracie Whitefield says

    I have pinned this and been following you. I have just realised you are the same person.. Doh!

  6. Chrissy says

    Hi :-))

    I’m Chrissy from Germany and I saw your great pattern on the internet. Thank you so much for that great pattern :-) it’s awesome.
    I also like to ask you a question. How many yards or meters are on that roll of tull you used? I don’t know how many meters I need. My daughter is almost 6 years old and on the German eBay I found tull on a roll that is 91.4 meters x 15 centimeters. Do you think that is enough for one dress?
    Thank you so much.
    Regards and a happy new year.

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