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5 Steps to Making a Veil

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 97

For many first time brides the decision to buy a veil may be a bit off-putting. There are so many variations (length, trim, embellishments, gathers, blusher or not, etc.), it can be hard to find just the right combination of features.There is another alternative: make the veil.

Why make your own wedding veil? There are a variety of reasons:

1. You know what you want, but are having trouble finding it.

2. You are on a low budget (as almost everyone is these days) and are looking to cut expenses any way you can.

3. The third reason is courtesy of Two Heart Birds. Making your veil together with another family member or your future MIL can be a bonding experience. "It would be an amazing gift to hand down to generations."

If you are thinking you do not have the talent to make a bridal veil, let me share something about myself: On the 10-point "craftiness" scale I'm a 2-3 and I just finished a series of demonstration videos on the subject. If I can do it, you can too.

What You Will Need

Material (tulle); wrapping paper for a pattern; non-porous work surface; pencil; scissors; fabric glue; plastic veil comb; craft needle; heavy-duty thread the same color as your veil; tape measure; straight pins to secure pattern; embellishments such as beads, crystals, pearls, sequins, flowers, or other decoration (optional); and edging or trim (optional).

Veil Making Steps

There are five general steps to creating your veil:

Step 1: Measuring and cutting veil fabric with your own, home made pattern.

Finding a pre-made veil pattern is difficult because--for the most part--veils are either round or oval. You can make your own pattern by tracing the end of a dining room table, hula hoop, or other arced surface onto the wrapping paper, then cutting away the excess. Use the pattern to cut the veil material (tulle) into a circle/oval that is the combined length of your veil and blusher.

Step 2: Making your blusher (if you want one).

The blusher--or piece of material that falls over your face--will be a permanent part of your finished veil. Alternately, you can cut the fabric off from the main veil fabric and later add it as a removable attachment. For now, experiment with the look you want. Create "fake" gathers in the veil by walking your fingers across the material to bunch it up. Holding the gathers in place with your hand or temporarily securing them with a clip, adjust the blusher and gathers to get the general look you want. If the blusher is too full for your taste and you want it to hang closer to your face, you can taper some of the material off. At this point you can also adjust the length if you would like.

When you are happy with the look, carefully release the gathers and mark the material along the line where the gathers separated the veil from the blusher. Do this by making light pencil marks every so often across the fabric. Note, this is also where you will attach a comb in step 5.

Step 3: Gluing embellishments such as rhinestones, crystals, pearls, edging, or other decorations.

You may be tempted to decorate the blusher as well as the veil. Remember, if you are having a traditional wedding, the front side of the blusher will show when you walk down the aisle, but the back side will be exposed after the ceremony. Because of this, most choose to leave the blusher unadorned.

To attach the embellishments, use a flexible fabric glue. Using the non-porous work surface, carefully attach the trim/edging in sections, letting one section partially dry before moving onto the next. When the trim is securely attached, glue rhinestones or other decor to the veil, making sure they are on the same side as your edging.

Step 4: Putting gathers in your veil.

The gathers in the veil are what create the tiny poufs where the veil meets your head as well as soft folds down your back. To make them, bunch the material up as you did in step 2, but this time carefully make tiny, evenly-sized gathers. You'll be securing the gathers with thread strung through the material, so before you begin knot a craft needle and thread then secure it to one edge of the veil.

As you progress across the veil, frequently push the needle through your new gathers. When you reach the far end of the veil, measure the thread to be the same width as your comb. Finish by tying off and snipping any excess thread.

Step 5: Sewing on a veil comb.

The last step in making your own veil is to attach the comb. First, encase the comb base in tulle by wrapping a strip of tulle around it, threading through each tooth individually. Secure the ends with thread, tuck them in, or glue them down. Finally, position the comb so when the veil is on, the comb will curve toward your head with teeth pointing back, and the comb itself is between the blusher and the veil. Using a whip stitch, secure the comb to the veil.

When you are finished, clip any stray threads, rub out any visible pencil marks, smooth uneven edges, and otherwise detail the veil so it looks polished. Congratulations, your veil is complete!

Bobette Kyle-Wagner is publisher at http://www.MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com, a website that helps you create your dream wedding on a DIY budget. The site includes how to videos, online wedding tips, original articles, tutorials, and shopping sections. The "how to make a veil" video series, alongside written explanations, cover the above 5-step veil making process in more depth.

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