How to Soften Tulle

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Tulle, a netted fabric, is a common choice in the construction of formal gowns as well as for making tutus and wedding veils. Tulle is a fitting option for adding puff to the skirt of a dress or making a full-bodied tutu because of its stiff quality. When it comes to a wedding veil and some other projects, though, you might want a softer feel to the tulle.

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Things you need

  • Washing machine
  • Washing powder
  • Liquid fabric softener

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  1. 1

    Place the tulle in the washing machine. Add the appropriate amount of washing powder and fabric softener to the machine for the size load the tulle makes up.

  2. 2

    Set the machine to the proper load size and to either a hot or warm wash cycle. Run the washing machine. Run the tulle through the machine a couple more times, with only fabric softener.

  3. 3

    Dry the tulle in the dryer.

Tips and warnings

  • Tulle, like most fabrics, comes in different weights. Lighter weight tulle tends to be softer to the touch than heavyweight tulle that has a more scratchy feel. Both kinds can be softened, but only to a certain extent, so keep this in mind when choosing a tulle.
  • Repeat the process again if you would like to soften the tulle further, but be warned that each time a fabric is run through the washing machine it breaks down the fibres of the fabric, which shortens the fabric's lifespan.

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