How to Make a Beaded Wedding Headpiece

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How to Make a Beaded Wedding Headpiece
Wedding headpieces can be made to match the gown with beading. (Kevin Walker/Comstock/Getty Images)

Wedding veils and headpieces can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars. To save money many brides are making their own headpieces. This is just one of the many ways to cut the cost of a wedding. Some talented brides are making their own beaded headpieces for their wedding day.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Large plastic hair comb
  • Tulle (several yards)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Beading needle
  • Invisible beading thread
  • Beads
  • Ribbon

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    Cut the tulle to the desired length of the veil. Lay the tulle out on a flat work surface, measure and mark the length for cutting as well as any tapered edges or rounded corners and cut accordingly. Patterns are available for shaping the tulle for wedding headpieces.

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    Hand sew the hem and edges of the tulle, with the sewing needle and invisible thread, to create a finished look. Gather the tulle at the top and sew it to the bar of the comb using the invisible thread and sewing needle with a whip stitch. If the gathered tulle at the comb will be a part of the decoration of the headpiece, hem it when hemming the edges of the tulle and leave several inches of tulle above the comb when gathering and sewing it to the comb bar. This will create a gathered pouf at the top of the comb.

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    Hand sew a wide piece of matching ribbon over the raw edges of the tulle that is sewn to the bar of the comb. Use a neat whip stitch to secure the ribbon over the tulle folding in any raw edges. This step can be skipped if the gathered edge of the tulle will be a part of the headpiece.

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    Bead the headpiece using the chosen beads, invisible thread and beading needle. The beading can be done on the ribbon, on the edges of the tulle and on the body of the veil or tulle. Use a pattern in all areas so the beading looks neat and elegant. Beading patterns similar to the beading on the wedding gown are ideal. The beads can be sewn on individually or in rows that are tacked down at intervals.

Tips and warnings

  • Pieces of the wedding gown left from alterations can be used to decorate the headpiece which create an exact match to the gown.
  • Smaller headpieces can be made for the bridal attendants in the wedding colours that match the pattern of the bride's headpiece.
  • Headpieces can also be made with satin headbands.

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