Fashionable boas are fanciful accessories with shapes similar to holiday tree garland and worn in the same way as shawls. Typically boas are made using feathers, but a less expensive option is tulle fabric. Tulle is a sheer netting fabric that is often used in the construction of bridal veils and is available in a wide variety of colour choices. Make a tulle boa to add a touch of glamour to a bridesmaid dress or other formal gown.
Measure and cut 12, 6-inch wide strips across the 72-inch width of the tulle fabric using scissors.
Measure and cut a 6-foot length of cotton crochet thread in a colour that matches or blends with the colour of the tulle. This will be the length of your boa. Insert the thread through the eye of a large-eyed embroidery needle. Knot one end of the thread.
Insert the needle in the centre of one short end on one tulle strip. The knot in the thread will prevent the tulle from sliding off the thread.
Sew a running stitch down the centre length of the strip with the stitches spaced 1 inch apart. At the end of the strip, add a new strip and continue to sew running stitches down the centre length. Add the remaining strips in the same way.
Remove the needle and tie the end of the thread in a knot. This will prevent the tulle from sliding off the end.
Fluff and twist the length of the stitched tulle to shape the circumference of the tulle boa.
If using 52-inch wide tulle, you will need 3 yards. Heavy-duty thread can be substituted if crochet thread is not available.
Tips and warnings
- If using 52-inch wide tulle, you will need 3 yards.
- Heavy-duty thread can be substituted if crochet thread is not available.