DIY Embroidered Veil
As many of you know, veils are freakin’ expensive. For just a little piece of tulle! I know when I was dress shopping and the sales clerks would shove a veil on my head, I would flip out about the $150+ price. And of course, with all the many crafty projects for our wedding, I thought, “Sure, no problem, a DIY embroidered veil, easy peasy!”
Uh, yeah. There’s a reason why veils are so expensive. They’re HARD to embellish!
If I’d wanted a plain tulle veil it would have been much easier. Or even a ribbon or crystal trimmed one. But oh no, not me, I wanted to make a DIY embroidered veil!
So. Here are the details on how we made a two layer embroidered fingertip length veil. There are already a lot of great posts out there on the veil construction itself, so I won’t touch too much on that, but focus more on the preparation for the embroidering.
And by the way, this final product was about attempt seven on this project, which is why it only got finished a few days before the wedding. That’s because tulle is flimsy and rips easily, so it needs a stabilizer to make it stiff enough to be embroidered; an embroidery ring just didn’t work. We ended up using a water soluble stabilizer to stiffen the tulle and washed out the stabilizer after the embroidery was complete.
Keep reading to see how we made this DIY embroidered veil.
- Ultra Solvy
- plastic sheeting (to protect countertop)
- embroidery sewing machine & supplies
Step 1: Start by laying the fabric out and marking the outline of the veil. Spread out the tulle and, using a string held in the center of the fabric and permanent marker, trace around the outline of the veil so you get an evenly spaced line. Be very careful not to tear the tulle while marking. Mark the outline slightly larger than the finished veil size; the mark will be cut off when finishing your DIY embroidered veil.
Step 2: Cut Ultra Solvy into small pieces and dissolve it in a small amount of water in a baking pan or bowl. We dissolved 18” inches of Ultra Solvy in about a cup of water. It takes a LOT of stirring to dissolve (as in, like 45 minutes of stirring). If the Ultra Solvy doesn’t dissolve, heat the mixture in the oven to 200 degrees and then stir some more.
Step 3: Prepare a flat, smooth surface for working with the Solvy. We used plastic sheeting laid out on an old counter.
Step 4: Spread the Solvy mixture over the area of the veil to be embroidered. My veil was embroidered mainly on the edge, so we spread about six inches of Solvy just inside the outline mark. Let the Solvy dry completely. Gently pull the veil off the work surface. Be very careful when pulling up the tulle or it will rip and you’ll have to start over!
Step 5: Embroider the veil with whatever design you like (or whatever design you can get to look halfway decent on the tulle—some experimenting is VERY necessary before you start sewing on the actual veil itself!), using an embroidery sewing machine. We borrowed this one from my aunt who helped with my dress alterations. Or you could always embroider it by hand, if you have gobs of time. But I didn’t even get to try my finished veil on until the Thursday before the wedding, so I obviously had no extra time for that! Sew only on the areas coated with Solvy.
Step 6: Trim the outside edge of the veil, cutting off the outline mark you made with the permanent marker. I had a scalloped edge on my DIY embroidered veil.
Step 7: Next, gently wash the Solvy out of the veil by soaking it in water.
Step 8: We then further embellished my veil by gluing small pearl beads on the embroidery. You could also use sequins or crystals if you wanted some extra bling.
Step 9: Finally, to complete the DIY embroidered veil, gather it at the top using a whip-stitch in your sewing machine and attach it to a comb or clips. I hated the way combs messed up my hair when trying on veils at bridal salons, so I insisted on using clips instead. If you’re only planning to wear your veil for part of your wedding day, I recommend experimenting with different combs and clips when you do your hair trial to find the best option for not messing up your hairstyle when you take the veil off.
And the final product!
I don’t have any detailed pictures of me wearing it on our wedding day yet, but I know our pro pictures will be ready soon!
If you’re wearing one, did you DIY or buy your veil? And were you shocked when you first learned just how expensive veils really are? Do you love DIY embroidered veils as much as I do?