So, let's make our own!
- Fabric–for this tutorial, I’m using tulle (From Amorefabrics.com). If you want to use the fabric I used for my actual veil,
- Iron and ironing board/pad
- Sewing machine
- Needle, thread, & scissors
- Measuring tape and something to mark your fabric
- Comb (plastic, wire, they both work–it will be hidden in your hair)
AND HERE’S HOW TO MAKE A BRIDAL VEIL:
Step 1: Gently iron out any kinks or folds in your fabric. Then, lay the fabric on large, flat surface. I’ll be using a piece of fabric that’s 55in wide and 30in long, so the finished product will give you an idea of how the measurements I’m using will look.
Step 2: Using your measuring tape, mark where you’ll need to cut. Since I’m leaving the edges of the veil raw (i.e., I am not adding a ribbon trim or something similar), I cut very carefully.
If you want to round the two corners on the bottom of your veil, you are more than welcome to do so! You’ll just need something round to trace, which will ensure that each corner is evenly cut. You could also get crazy with sewing (or gluing, if you’re not up for sewing trim) ribbon or lace along the edges. There are a million different veil cuts and style, but I’m just a simple gal.
Step 3: It’s time to sew. Set your sewing machine on the longest stitch length and sew a straight line of stitches along the top (one of the width sides) of the veil. Make sure to leave a long tail from your bobbin thread.
Step 4: The fabric may have bunched a bit while sewing the line in step #3. That’s okay. Flatten the fabric; then, sew a second straight line of stitches about one-half inch below the first line of stitches. Leave a long tail from your bobbin thread here as well.
You now have two parallel lines of stitches! Congratulations. That was the hardest part.
Step 5: Now it’s time to gather the fabric to morph it from a piece of flat tulle into a veil. To do so, hold the veil and gently pull the bobbin thread for each straight line of stitches. Your fabric will begin to gather.
If you end up with a bottle neck of bunching fabric, you can help it along:
Step 6: When your fabric is gathered enough to be the same length as your comb, tie the threads at each end. Trim the excess thread, as well as the excess tulle from the top.
Step 7: The veil is done, but you need a way to attach it to your head. Grab your comb and set it so that it’s curving up. Then, lay the gathered edge of the veil on the comb. Ensure the side of the veil that you’d like to be on top is facing UP.
Use your needle and thread to sew the veil onto the comb by sewing stitches around each comb tooth. When you’re done, tie knots in the threads on the end.
Put it in your hair with the comb teeth facing down and with the comb curving toward your head.
You can customize your veil in any way you’d like. You can use colored tulle instead of white/ivory; adhere rhinestones, ribbon, or decoration to the comb to cover up the stitches; or sew the veil onto another type of comb…whatever you want.
I truly hope that this tutorial helps you…it was a very rewarding project! Good luck!!