How to make tulle stiff

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How to make tulle stiff
Tulle is often airy and white on wedding dresses, but the fabric comes in many colours and can easily be made stiff. (fleurs et tulles image by Magalice from

Tulle fabric is known for its versatility, whether its used to fill out a wedding dress, add drama to a ballet tutu or bring whimsy to smaller craft projects. The fabric comes in a variety of colours, lengths, widths and styles to please any crafter or designer. Make tulle stiff but still pliable with just a few simple steps.

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Things you need

  • Tulle fabric
  • Spray starch

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  1. 1

    Purchase spray starch in an aerosol can, which makes it easier to spray onto the tulle and will give you a more even coat.

  2. 2

    Clean the tulle if you would like before starching. Mix cold water and mild laundry soap, then gently hand wash and rinse the tulle. Hang the tulle upright and allow it to air dry.

  3. 3

    Spray the starch onto the tulle in a thin, even coating. Let the tulle dry completely. Drying times will vary depending on what type of spray starch you're using.

  4. 4

    Spray more starch onto the tulle if you want it stiffer. Let it dry again and add additional coats as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • You also can buy pre-stiffened tulle. It can be ordered online or found at speciality fabric stores.

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