How to Make Tulle Pew Bows

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How to Make Tulle Pew Bows
Tulle can be tough to work with, but is a popular choice for pew decorations. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Tulle is a relatively inexpensive material commonly used in weddings; brides typically choose to decorate the ends of church pews with tulle bows. Typically, white tulle is used for wedding ceremonies and receptions, but other colours are available to match specific wedding colours. Although tulle is inexpensive and easy to find, it is often a cumbersome material to work with.

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Things you need

  • Tulle
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins (about four per bow)
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic clothes hangers

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  1. 1

    Determine how much tulle you will require. To make a bow approximately 8 inches in diameter, you will require 3 1/2 yards of tulle.

  2. 2

    Buy a bolt or bolts of tulle. You can find tulle at your local fabric store. For the best prices, check discount stores in your community first. If you decide to go to a speciality shop, ask about bulk discounts. Bolts usually include 50 or more yards of tulle.

  3. 3

    Purchase from an online retailer. Online discount retailers might be more cost effective if you are decorating for a more lavish event and require several bolts of tulle.

  1. 1

    Measure the width of your desired final product and mark on a piece of cardboard or tape measure to make measuring faster.

  2. 2

    Fold the tulle into long pleats of equal length; making sure to mimic kilt or curtain pleats. Pin the pleats together at one end using safety pins.

  3. 3

    Measure and tie 1 yard of tulle around the centre of the pleated bow. Adjust the pins, if necessary.

  4. 4

    Allow the yard you've tied to hang evenly on either side of the tail of the bow.

  5. 5

    Fluff the pleats as necessary; add any flowers, greenery, or additional decorations to your bow and pin in place, if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Make the bows in advance and give yourself plenty of time.
  • Know that tulle can be very frustrating and difficult to work with at first because it is slippery and sometimes difficult to keep even.
  • Always hang completed tulle bows on hangers. Storage in any type of box or container will cause them to flatten.

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