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MAKE YOUR OWN
WEDDING VEIL

5 Steps Overview
What You'll Need
Buying vs. Making Veil
Step 1: Measuring, Cutting
Step 2: Creating Blusher
Step 3: Attaching Beading, Trim
Examples: Edging, Crystals, etc
Step 4: Making Gathers
Step 5: Wrap, Attach Comb
How to Make a Birdcage Veil

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Attaching beading, trim, and other embellishments.
(Step 3 of 5 in the How to Make a Veil series) by

How to attach trim and beading to a veil

In step 2 we created the blusher section of your veil. Today we're going to apply beading to your veil, as well as trim or other decoration. This is an optional step. Some brides prefer a plain veil, with raw edges and nothing to detract from the wedding gown.

If you are still in need of beading or other embellishments see our merchants' selections below

The supplies you will need are:

  • Scissors

  • Glue. I like Aleene's Fabric Fusion because it's clear and it holds very tightly.

  • Toothpicks or straight pins to apply glue

  • Non-porous work surface such as a glass cutting board. The reason for a nonporous surface is: (a) so the glue doesn't get down into your work area and stick part of it to your veil and (b) once the glue is set enough to move, you'll want to gently move the edged veil sections so they do not become bonded to the surface you are gluing on. When you are working on a nonporous surface, it's a lot easier to do that.

  • Partially finished veil from Steps 1 and 2. If it is still clipped into a pseudo-gather, unclip and smooth out the material.

    You may be wondering why we are gluing on embellishments now instead of finishing the gathers first. It is so you do not get messy with the glue and ruin your fabric. Also, you can better lay out a design, if you care to do so, on a flat veil.

  • Keep a damp cloth handy, just in case.

  • Embellishments, beading, crystals, and/or trim. The example in the video already has a seed pearl and floral trim applied. If you need more inspiration, take a look at the beading and trim example video, which shows very different details from seven veils.

Your Blusher's Appearance

One thing to consider when putting on your edging is how your blusher will look. Remember, your new husband will fold it back when it is time to "kiss the bride," which means one side of the blusher will show as you walk down the aisle and for most of the ceremony; but the other side will show for the remainder of the day.

To avoid guests getting a look at an unsightly underside, you will either (a) have no embellishments or trim on your blusher or (b) put them on both sides.

In the video, I put no décor on the blusher, so there is nothing to distract guests from the bride's face.

Gluing the Trim

When you are ready to glue the trim onto your veil, first find the pencil mark you made when creating the blusher. This is where your blusher ends and the veil itself begins. Then:

  • Place the material on top of your nonporous work surface and smooth it.
  • If necessary, use your weights to anchor the tulle.
  • Straight pin the edging to the beginning of the veil section of your tulle.
  • Squeeze some of the glue onto an unused corner of your work area.
  • Use a toothpick or pin to carefully put a little glue along the underside of the trim and place along the edge of your veil.
  • Let the glue set enough so you will not ruin the trim when you move it, then carefully detach and rotate the next section onto your work surface.

Keep doing this until you've gotten all the way around the veil.

If you want to apply embellishments to the surface area of your veil, experiment first with different patterns, to discover what you like best. There are different approaches you can take. For example:

  • Randomly scatter crystals, beads, or pearls and glue them where they fall.
  • Create a pattern that is denser at top and less dense at bottom.
  • Begin with large pearls near the bottom of the veil and progressively smaller ones as you move upward.

For more ideas, look at the examples of beading and trim to get your creative juices flowing.

Tip: Buy tulle by the bolt or roll here.

Next, Step 4: Creating the Gathers.

 



 
 
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