How to Make a Veil or Headpiece for First Communion

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How to Make a Veil or Headpiece for First Communion
A young girl's First Holy Communion is an important event. (Digital Vision/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A young girl's First Communion is a very important event for her. Not only is it an important step in her religious education and committment to her faith, it is also her first taste of formal events that will come her way as she gets older. First Communion veils can be expensive, and at times over the top style-wise, when purchased. However, some of the most beautiful veils seen at First Communions are not store-bought veils, they were made with love by a family member of the girl receiving her First Holy Communion.

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Things you need

  • White silk flower and wire head wreath from a fabric or bridal store
  • White tulle -- 1 yard
  • 1-inch-wide white satin ribbon (enough to go around the edge of the wreath)
  • Needle
  • White thread
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Tacky glue
  • Wide white satin ribbon -- 1 yard, 2 inches wide

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    Buy a white silk floral wreath intended for First Communion or perhaps for a flower girl in a wedding, at a fabric store. These wreaths are lightweight, easy to trim if they are too big and already have small combs that will hang onto the hair once the wreath is placed on the child's head.

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    Size the wreath to the head of the girl who will be wearing it. If it is a solid piece, it is simple enough to open it to remove excess width and re-close it. If it is too big, use wire-cutting pliers to remove excess wreath until it fits just right, not too high on the head and certainly not too close to the eyes.

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    Re-connect the ends of the wreath if they have been cut by using craft wire to wire the two ends together. The leaves and flowers will cover this well.

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    Thread a needle with a length of white thread, approximately 4 feet of thread. Make sure there is na equal amount of thread hanging from both sides of the needle. Grab both ends of the thread and make a large knot at the end of it.

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    Fold the tulle in half width-wise. Make sure that the fold hangs at the bottom and the raw edges are at the top.

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    Use the needle and thread to make a basting stitch at the raw edges at the top of the tulle. Start at one and or the other. Push the needle through the very end of the outside edge twice to secure the knot. Push the needle through from the front to the back, pulling the thread all the way through until it stops. Move over 1/2-inch and push the needle through the tulle toward you, pulling the thread all the way through. Continue this all the way to the end of the tulle, but do not tie off the thread.

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    Gather the tulle on the thread toward the end you secured when you started the basting stitch. Make the gathers even and not too deep. You want the gathers to fit across the sides and back of the wreath. Measure the tulle against the wreath as you go. When you are satisfied that it is gathered, but wide enough to cover what you want, tie off the thread and cut the excess thread and needle off.

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    Cut another 4 feet of white thread and thread the needle so that there is equal thread hanging from both ends of the eye. Make a large knot in the end of the thread.

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    Lay the wreath in your lap, upside down, front facing away from you. Pin the gathered edge of the tulle to the wire frame of the wreath. When you are satisfied that it is even, begin sewing the tulle to the wire frame of the wreath. Use a simple circular stitch, but unlike the basting stitch, you will pull each stitch tight to secure the tulle to the wire. When you come to the end, tie off the thread so it will not unravel and snip off any extra threads.

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    Measure out enough 1-inch satin ribbon to line the inside of the wreath and cover the stitching. Lay the wreath on a table, upside down, front facing away from you. With tacky glue, glue the satin ribbon around the inside of the wreath, covering the wire support and all of the stitching. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.

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    Cut 1 yard of 2-inch-wide satin ribbon. Make a bow and sew it to the very spot where the two ends of the wreath come together. Sew the bow to the outside of the wreath so that it hangs down the back of the veil as the final touch.

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