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.
I explain the process of measuring and cutting below, followed by the video at the end of this post.
Measure and Cut the Veil Tulle
Before you measure or cut material, decide how full and the number of gathers you’d like in your veil. 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. 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.
You can make a separate face veil if you prefer fewer gathers and less fullness. Simply cut the veil and blusher material into two pieces before making gathers. You can shape and attach the face veil later.
Measuring for the blusher. Decide where you are going to attach the veil to your head and measure from there to the place you want it to fall to.
Measuring for the veil. This is the same process as for the blusher. Except measure to where you want the veil 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 is inexpensive; by buying extra, you will have enough to experiment with or make mistakes. Shop here for a selection of tulle from our affiliated merchants.
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.
Make a DIY 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:
(1) Find a large piece of paper, such as wrapping paper.
(2) Make a curve on one side, using a large, curved surface like the end of an oval table or a hula hoop.
(3) 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 cut on the folded side, you will cut into the center of the veil instead of rounding the edges.
- Unpin the pattern.
When you unfold the material, you will see two rounded corners and two uncut corners.
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).
- Use the already-cut corners as a pattern for the uncut. Secure the material with weights and pins so they will not slide.
- Finish 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 or adornments, this is a good place to stop. (Otherwise, proceed to Step 2, The Blusher.)
You can attach this veil to your head with a hat pin to wear as a “drop” veil.
Many who wear a drop veil secure their headband or tiara underneath the veil when the blusher is over the face. Folded, back, the blusher reveals the headpiece.