Making your own veil can be a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding and save hundreds of dollars. There are multiple types of veils, but in this project we will be making a single tier, fingertip length veil.
First, decide how long you want your veil to be. Standard lengths are as follows:
Chapel: 72” or 90”
Although these are the average measurements of each standard veil, since you are making your own, it can be any length that you like.
Once you have decided on the length, you will decide on the width. The wider your tulle, the more fullness you will have near the comb. Veils generally come in widths of 58”, 72”, and 108”. For our project I have chosen a 58” wide tulle.
Tulle 1-3 ½ yards, depending on veil length
Trim or lace (optional)
Metal Veil Comb
- Fold your tulle in half lengthwise and pin the edges together. If you don’t have long quilting pins, use safety pins. This will prevent the tulle from slipping while you cut.
- Cut straight across your tulle at 1” longer than you want your veil (ie: for a 36” veil, cut a 37” length of tulle).
- At this stage you should have a rectangle of tulle, folded in half, and one inch longer than your finished veil.
- Starting at your pinned edge and about 12”-18” up from the bottom edge, use your OLFA Rotary Cutter to create a curved corner as shown below.
- Unpin the open edge. Using a sewing machine or even hand stitches, create two rows of gathering stitches along the top, straight edge of your fabric. The first one should be ¼” from the edge and the second one ½” from the edge.
- At this stage you can add lace or trim to the sides and bottom edge of your veil. For adding lace, I recommend a quilting foot or sewing by hand. Be sure to leave the top edge with the gathering stitches free from trim or lace.
- Gather the top edge until the width is equivalent to that of your veil comb.
- With your comb teeth facing one side and your veil length extending in the opposite direction, bring the gathered edge to the base of the comb, centering the base between your two lines of gathered stitches.
- Using a strong thread, stitch around the comb and gathered tulle, wrapping each stitch through both.
- Once the gathered edge is fully attached to the comb edge, go over the stitches again, catching any stray edges of the tulle.
- Flip the length of the veil over to cover the teeth of the comb and your veil is complete!