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How to Make a Bridal Veil With a Comb

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 This post shares all about how to make a bridal veil with a comb. If you’re looking for how to make a simple bridal veil, I’ve got you covered. I made my own veil for my wedding, and it was perfect!

How to Make a Bridal Veil With a Comb

We had a great wedding. It was a low-key afternoon in Colorado with only our parents there. I found my dress secondhand (read all about why I sold my wedding dress, too). We did almost everything with a non-traditional approach. But since I wore a wedding dress, I also wanted to wear a veil.

I’m not particularly old-fashioned; I just liked the idea of a veil. However, I quickly realized that veils are expensive. I wanted to keep it simple…I didn’t want beading, sequins, lace, or multiple tiers. So, after being unable to find exactly what I wanted, I decided to make my own.

My finished DIY bridal veil

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Wedding Veil Netting Fabric or Tulle Fabric?

I’m going to walk you through the steps to make a veil like mine. But before I do that, I want to talk about two major things that will influence how your veil looks: fabric and poof.

I did a lot of research on veil fabrics before deciding to buy my fabric. I didn’t want the veil to be too stiff— I wanted it to be soft and flexible. But I also knew I couldn’t afford silk tulle (Kate Middleton’s veil was silk tulle; see how soft it was?). During my research, I found this extremely helpful graphic from custom veil designer Veils by Roxanne.

The fabric on the far left, bridal illusion, is the most commonly used fabric for bridal veils. It’s just tulle, and tulle is cheap (seriously cheap). It is stiffer than most other veil fabrics, which you can see pretty clearly by comparing it to the other fabrics in the lineup. 

You’ll notice that the veil fabric I wanted, silk tulle, is pretty much the exact opposite of the popular and affordable fabric I could easily purchase at my local fabric store. 🙁 But wait! What is this “English net” fabric? It looks a lot like silk tulle, so I did a little research.

And here’s the deal: If you want something that has a silk tulle look and feel without having a silk tulle price tag, English net is your answer! In fact, this is the exact fabric I ordered, and I was extremely pleased with it.

Here is my DIY wedding veil made of netting fabric:

How to make a bridal veil // Learn how to make a simple bridal veil

Michele Hart Photography

The second thing you need to consider is the poofy factor. Do you want a more voluminous veil that has more height near the crown of your head? If so, a stiffer fabric, like tulle, will be your best bet, but you also want to consider the width of your veil.

The wider the piece of fabric you have, the poofier the veil will be when it’s all bunched up and put on a comb. That said, whatever fabric you prefer, the instructions in this tutorial remain the same. So, if you’d like to make a simple bridal veil, read on!

HERE IS WHAT I USED FOR MY VEIL:

  • Fabric–for this tutorial, I’m using tulle. If you want to use the fabric I used for my actual veil, you can buy it here.
  • Iron and ironing board/pad
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle, thread, & scissors
  • Measuring tape and something to mark your fabric
  • Comb (plastic, wire, they both work–it will be hidden in your hair)

And here’s how to make a bridal veil with a comb:

Step 1: Iron and Prep the Veil Fabric

Gently iron out any kinks or folds in your fabric. Then, lay the fabric on  large, flat surface. I’ll be using a piece of fabric that’s 55″ wide and 30″ long, so the finished product will give you an idea of how the measurements I’m using look.

Step 2: Measure, Mark, and Cut the Tulle or Netting

Using your measuring tape, mark where you’ll need to cut. Since I’m leaving the edges of the veil raw (i.e., I am not adding a ribbon trim or something similar), I cut very carefully.

Tulle fabric laid over a table

Note: If you want to round the two corners on the bottom of your veil, you are more than welcome to do so! You’ll just need something round to trace, which will ensure that each corner is evenly cut.

Step 3: Start Sewing Your Veil!

It’s time to sew. Set your sewing machine on the longest stitch length and sew a straight line of stitches along the top (one of the width sides) of the veil. Make sure to leave a long tail from your bobbin thread.

Sewing machine sewing a bridal veil
Sewing machine sewing a bridal veil
Sewing a bridal veil

Step 4: Continue Sewing Your Veil 🙂

The fabric may have bunched a bit while sewing the line in step #3, but that’s okay. Flatten the fabric; then, sew a second straight line of stitches about one-half inch below the first line of stitches. Leave a long tail from your bobbin thread here as well.

You now have two parallel lines of stitches! Congratulations. That was the hardest part.

Sewing machine sewing a bridal veil
Sewing a bridal veil

Step 5: Gather the fabric to form the veil

Now it’s time to gather the fabric to morph it from a piece of flat tulle into a veil. To do so, hold the veil and gently pull the bobbin thread for each straight line of stitches. Your fabric will begin to gather.

Sewing a bridal veil

If you end up with a bottle neck of bunching fabric, you can help it along.

When your fabric is gathered enough to be the same length as your comb, tie the threads at each end. Trim the excess thread, as well as the excess tulle from the top.

How to gather tulle fabric to make a bridal veil
How to gather tulle fabric to make a bridal veil
How to gather tulle fabric to make a bridal veil
How to gather tulle fabric to make a bridal veil
How to gather tulle fabric to make a bridal veil

Step 6: Attach the veil to a comb

The veil is done, but you need a way to attach it to your head. Grab your comb and set it so that it’s curving up. Then lay the gathered edge of the veil on the comb. Ensure the side of the veil that you’d like to be on top is facing UP.

Use your needle and thread to sew the veil onto the comb by sewing stitches around each comb tooth. Tie knots in the threads on the end.

Picture of a comb
How to attach a bridal veil to a comb

Put it in your hair with the comb teeth facing down and with the comb curving toward your head.

Woman wearing a DIY bridal veil

You can customize your veil in any way you’d like. You can use colored tulle instead of white/ivory; adhere rhinestones, ribbon, or decoration to the comb to cover up the stitches; or sew the veil onto another type of comb. Whatever you want.

I truly hope that this tutorial helps you…it was a very rewarding project! Good luck!!

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HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE BRIDAL VEIL WITH A COMB




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Bunny

Monday 20th of November 2017

Do you know how to put rhinestones and pearls on the veil (sparse at the top and more at the bottom in a random pattern)? Could I glue those on or would I have to sew them? Thanks for your very helpful info!

Sara

Monday 14th of August 2017

This tutorial was exactly what I needed! I followed the instructions wth a few exceptions and my veil was fabulous. I used the same tulle, but I bought 3 yards of it to make a long cathedral length veil. It was more of a photo prop than anything, as my husband and I eloped. I decided two days beforehand that I wanted something for dramatic windswept photos, so I combined this tutorial with a YouTube video for a DIY hair vine and made a really pretty comb to attach my veil to. I didn't have a sewing machine so I actually just threaded jewelry beading wire through the holes in the netting and it made attaching the veil to the comb a breeze.

My only regret was not buying a higher quality comb- I spent $5 on a plastic comb from Walgreens, figuring it wouldn't show so it didn't matter, but it didn't stay in my hair as securely as I hoped- although to be fair we were gallivanting around outdoors on a very windy day.

Also, if you have a cat, let them play with the leftover netting and they will love you forever.

Brittany Goldwyn

Wednesday 16th of August 2017

Thank you so much for your note Sara!! I'm so glad you found this helpful. You sound like me...we eloped too and I just wanted something for the pics, really. Also, ditto on the cat thing...though they seem to love being involved in ANY sewing project I have. Congrats on your marriage!

Brenda

Thursday 22nd of June 2017

How many yards did you buy for your veil?

Brittany Goldwyn

Friday 23rd of June 2017

I was working from a giant bolt, so I didn't buy in yards. Sorry!

Genna

Tuesday 24th of January 2017

I don't have a sewing machine or even know how to use a sewing maching. Would you think I'd be able to do this by hand sewing it? Any tips or tricks, since I know hand sewing can be very tedious. Thanks!

Brenda

Monday 27th of February 2017

Yes you can hand sew. Double you thread and make about 1/4 inch between straights. Then slowly work it together. Hot glove to your comb gives a cleaner look.

Mahogany

Tuesday 10th of January 2017

Hi! I was wondering about Drape Veils! Do you know how to make those? Is there a trick to it?

Christine Partin

Tuesday 9th of January 2018

I made a Chiffon Cascading Waterfall veil a few years ago using an old veil pattern from the 1970's I found on Ebay. I hemmed the veil 1/4"all around the Chiffon fabric to keep it from fraying. I hand sewed the fabric and I had to be very careful because the Chiffon was slippery! Next I gathered the fabric and attached it to a Satin Headband. The result was a beautiful flowing Chiffon veil. Now I am hand sewing a 108" Ivory Lace veil to an Ivory Pillbox hat like the Satin hats from the early 1960's. My new veil cost only $33 for all of the materials. It matches the Ivory Satin wedding gown perfectly!

Brittany Goldwyn

Tuesday 10th of January 2017

I'm sorry, I've never made one of those!

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