Bridal veils can be an expensive investment, especially since you wear the veil only once. As long as you have some spare time to invest you can create your own bridal veil and comb for a fraction of the cost. If you feel that you do not have time to make your own veil, assign the responsibility to the maid of honour or a crafty family member. Homemade veils look just as elegant as the veils you can purchase from bridal boutiques.
Select a veil length you want for your wedding; shoulder, waist, fingertip or floor length. Your desired legnth will determine the amount of tulle you need. The average shoulder length veil is 24 inches long, a waist length veil is approximately 32 inches in length and a veil that reaches your fingertips requires approximately 40 inches of tulle. Floor length and cathedral veils length will vary based on your height.
Purchase tulle from any fabric supply store. Tulle is the most common material used in bridal veils and is very inexpensive when purchased off the roll. Tulle comes in a variety of styles and colours so select one that matches the shade of your wedding gown. The standard width of most tulle is 108 inches wide, if you prefer a narrower veil, fold and cut the tulle in half.
Lay the fabric on a flat clean surface. Fold the fabric in half and while pulling it taunt use the scissors to trim around three edges of the tulle, rounding the corners and edges. Leave the top edge of the fabric straight, as it will be the edge you attach to the hair comb or head piece and does not need a finished edge.
Unfold the tulle and use the needle and thread to sew a running stitch along the top straight edge of the fabric. Begin the stitching approximately 3 inches from the edge of the tulle and sew completely from one side to the other. Use a heavy thread to stitch the veil so that the thread will not break when pulled tightly.
Hold the loose end of the thread and push the tulle towards the knotted end of the thread. Continue pushing the tulle until all of the fabric has been gathered together. Knot the thread tightly against the gathered fabric and trim off the excess thread. Be careful not to push the fabric so forcefully that it tears.
Attach the veil to the comb. Use a thin bead of hot glue along the top length of the comb and firmly press the gathered material to the glue surface. Make sure to apply firm pressure and let the veil sit untouched until the glue dries or hardens. The other option requires slightly more work but will hold up longer in heat or as a keepsake. Instead of using glue, hold the veil to the comb and run the needle and thread through the veil between the teeth of the comb along the entire length, knot securely to hold in place.
Add beading along the three edges of the veil, decorative stitching throughout the veil or glitter for added decoration on the veil. Sew pearls onto the tulle for a soft, elegant touch. If you do not want to add extra elements to the veil but you want it to have more sparkle, choose a fancier or elaborate comb.
Tips and warnings
- Add beading along the three edges of the veil, decorative stitching throughout the veil or glitter for added decoration on the veil. Sew pearls onto the tulle for a soft, elegant touch. If you do not want to add extra elements to the veil but you want it to have more sparkle, choose a fancier or elaborate comb.
Things you need
- Needle and white or clear thread
- Hair comb or headband
- Hot glue