This is step four of five in the How to Make a Wedding Veil series. In step 3, you added an edge to your veil. Here, you will make gathers in it. These are what give your veil fullness around your head and create soft folds in longer veils. I’ve written text instructions below. You may also watch the video at the end of this post to see how to make bridal veil gathers.
Gathering your veil will create both (1) the tiny poufs where your veil meets your head as well as (2) soft folds down your back. To do this, we are going to scrunch the material along the line where the veil transitions into the blusher.
Before you begin, unfold your veil or unclip the pseudo-gathers from step 2, if needed.
You will be using the pencil marks you made in step 2 as reference points. If you do not have enough marks to navigate across the tulle, make extra small marks along the way before you begin.
If your veil has trim, you will begin at one end of it. If not, use your marks to identify where the blusher becomes the veil at one edge of the material and begin there. You will finish at the other end of the trim, at the marks on the opposite edge of your material.
Finally, choose a smooth, slightly slick surface to work on. The material will slide better than on a duller surface and make gathering quicker.
What you will need: Craft needle and strong thread the same color as your veil.
Steps to Make Bridal the Veil Gathers
• Thread the craft needle on 12-18″ of thread, knotting the end so it will secure on one end of the tulle.
• Thread the needle through the first edge or end of the trim. Then pull until the thread is tight against the tulle’s edge.
• Begin making tiny gathers with your fingers, a little at a time, pushing the needle and thread through as you go. (Make sure the thread has no loops or knots in it.)
Repeat, remaining on the line made by your pencil marks until you reach the far edge.
• Check the width of the comb or headpiece to which you are going to attach your veil. Tie off the thread so it is the same width as the comb.
• Cut off any excess thread.
Tip: Find bolts of tulle here. Besides veils, it makes for inexpensive, high-impact decorating.
If you are having trouble with this step, or are leery of attempting it, consider going one of two different—but still economical–routes:
• Buy a veil at discount. Many are available for for around $20 or less here.
• Buy a simple veil with gathers and decorate it yourself.