In step 4 of the how to make a veil with comb tutorial, we created the gathers in your veil. Here, in step 5, we will finish by wrapping an inexpensive comb with material and sewing it onto the veil.
I’ve written text instructions below. You may also watch the video at the end of this post.
What you will need: Piece of veil material 4″-6″ wide and about 18″ long, needle and thread, and a cheap veil comb.
How to Wrap the Comb
This is not the only way to attach your comb, but for me it seems the most reliable. By securing the comb with thread you get a harder hold than if you use felt and glue. I also like the way the tulle looks on the front edge of the comb, which may be visible at some points, depending on how you wear your hair and if you have a separate headpiece.
- Twist the tulle into a strip that will fit between the teeth of the comb.
- Begin by giving it the twisted tulle a short “tail,” which will be secured as you wrap the teeth.
- Wrap the long end of the tulle between the first and second teeth, then pull tight.
- Continue by wrapping around the comb’s base, trapping the short tail against the base, then through the second and third teeth.
- Repeat this process until you reach the last tooth.
After the comb is wrapped, glue or tack down the tulle at the end of your comb.
“Marrying” the Comb and Veil
You are going to attach the comb to your veil at the point the blusher turns into the veil section. This is the same place you created the gathers.
Before you begin, become familiar with the orientation of your veil. Find where the trim ends at each edge, if applicable, which is also where you created the gathers. If you have edging and/or other embellishments, notice which side is the underside of your veil. Turn the veil so your blusher is toward you, upside down. This also means you are looking at the backside of any trim or beading.
Position the comb so when the veil is on, the comb will curve toward your head with teeth pointing back, and the comb itself is between the blusher and the veil.
- Thread about 18″ of thread through the needle and knot it.
- Beginning on one of the edges where the trim meets the veil, pull the needle through both the veil and tulle on the comb’s end.
- After the initial stitch, sew all the way across, catching your thread along the gathers you make in Step 4, the wedding veil gather.
- When you get to the end, tie off and knot the thread.
- Clip any stray threads, rub out any visible pencil marks, smooth any uneven edges, and otherwise detail the veil so it looks polished.
Congratulations, your veil with comb is complete!
If Making Your Own Veil from Scratch is Overwhelming …
Working with a small budget does not necessarily mean doing it all yourself. Other ways to save money are to buy at a discount or wholesale or resell after the wedding. If–after looking through the steps to making a veil–you decide it is not your cup of tea, no worries. All of the veils here cost less than $20 each. After factoring in the time it would take to make your own veil, you may be like many and decide to buy at a low price instead of DIY.
Final Tip: Whether you make or buy, there may be wrinkles in your veil. To remove them, hang in a steamy bathroom for a while. If wrinkles remain, use an iron or hand steamer to gently steam out the wrinkled areas.