Before ordering the material (called tulle), you will want to give some thought to how long you’d like the piece that falls over your face, so you will have enough for both the veil and blusher. In fact, I recommend buying 2-3 times the length you think you will need so you can experiment and practice. The extra tulle can be used for a number of decorating projects as well.
The process of measuring and cutting is explained below, followed by the video version at the end of this post.
Making a Veil: Measure and Cut Tulle
Before you measure or cut material, you’ll want to give some thought to how long you’d like your blusher and how full/number of gathers you’d like in it. The wider your material, the more gathers and fullness you will have.
As an example, a 17″ long blusher, tapered so the tulle is less than the full width of the veil, falls down fairly straight, in a traditional look. The same blusher, shorter, will appear to “pouf” more than it’s longer counterpart. For even more fullness, keep the blusher material width the full width of the veil.
If you prefer fewer gathers and less fullness for your blusher, another option is to make a separate face veil. Cut the length of the material the same as explained below, but cut the veil material off before gathering your veil. You can then shape the face veil separately and attach it later.
For the blusher, measure from where you are going to attach the veil to your head down to where you would like it to fall in front. For the veil, first decide where you would like the veil to fall. Measure from the same point on your head to where ever you want it to fall on your body. The amount of material you need to make the veil equals the blusher length plus the veil length.
We recommend getting more than you need–at least double or triple. Tulle, which is the typical name for veil material, is inexpensive; by buying extra, you will have enough to experiment with or make a mistake. Shop here for a selection of tulle from our merchant partners.
If you buy typical 54″ tulle, it will be folded over to a 27″ width. Keep it that way for cutting, so your veil shape is symmetrical. Likewise with 108″ tulle–lay it out so the material is 54″ wide.
Making a Veil Pattern
To more easily round off the ends and edges of your fabric, into an oval shape, you will want to create a simple pattern. It’s easy:
- Find a large piece of paper, such as wrapping paper.
- Make a curve on one side, using a large, curved surface like the end of an oval table or a hula hoop.
- Trace the arc onto the paper and cut.
Using the Pattern to Cut the Veil
- Place the pattern on the tulle so the curve is toward the open side.
- Pin pattern to tulle. Use weights as needed.
- Cut the tulle along the edge of your pattern, double checking you are cutting on the open side of the material. If you accidentally cut on the folded side, you will cut a curve into the center of your veil, instead of rounding the edges.
- Unpin the pattern.
When you unfold the material, you will see two rounded corners and two uncut corners.
Completing the Oval
You will now use the first cuts as a pattern for the remaining two, so your cuts are all at the same angle.
- Refold the tulle longwise, so each rounded corner lays over an uncut, square corner.
- Fold again, into 1/4ths so all four corners are together (like folding a sheet).
- To use the already cut corners as a pattern for the uncut, use your weights and pins to secure the material so it will not slide.
- Cut the two uncut corners by cutting along the previous curve.
- Take out the pins and unfold.
You will see you have an oval veil. If you want a sleek look, without gathers, this is a good place to stop.
You can attach this veil to your head with a hat pin to wear as a “drop” veil. If you wear a tiara or headband with it, you will want to secure it under the veil, so when you fold the blusher half back your headpiece will be visible.