Our amazing quest poster this week is Tammy from She Wears Flowers! You’ll remember her felt cake and cake decorations! What is not to love about that project, AND a great tutorial to boot. Her blog is lovely and she has collected all her tutorials on this amazing page. I’m totally inspired. Maybe I should go back and do this? A great round up of what she’s done. I hope you love her tutorial this week as much as I did!
I want to say thank you to all the guest posters we had. this is our last week with a scheduled poster. I’ll be looking for guest posters again in the fall for my “maternity leave”, but would also love to continue it during the summer if anyone is interested.
Hi I’m Topsy Turvy Readers! I’m so excited to be here today because this is a blog I love! Ashlee is so incredibly talented! I am Tammy and you can find me at She Wears Flowers where I blog about any craft project I have in the works. I love to sew and fit it in as often as possible, but I am pretty handy with the glue gun, too, and that is mostly what I used for this fun dress-up clothes wedding veil.
Ashlee is the person who inspired this idea several months ago, but I had to wait for the summer wedding season to share it. My grandfather had a very successful wedding cake business that his father started. I have a few precious memories of sitting in his shop watching him decorate wedding cakes when I was very young. Occasionally, he would stop what he was doing and tell me to open my mouth. Then, he would squirt a huge blob of the best buttercream frosting ever into my mouth. Gotta love grandpas!
So, let’s get down to business—making your own dress-up veil!
tulle (amount varies depending on your style)
strips of white fabric (cotton works best)
hot glue gun
Cut and stack tulle to the desired length for the long layers. You can use as many or as few pieces as you would like to make this veil. I was using scraps from another project so just threw caution to the wind and did what I liked.
Sew a gathering stitch along the top edge of the long layers. Do not trim the threads. (If you prefer not to sew, you can gather the tulle by hand as you glue it to the headband, but I think it is easiest to sew it and to keep my fingers out of the hot glue as much as possible. )
Stack the short sections together and sew a gathering stitch along the top edge of the short layers. Do not trim the threads.
Set tulle sections aside and make fabric rosettes.
There are lots of tutorials online, but here’s the way I do it.
Tear fabric into strips from selvedge end to selvedge end. I wanted 4 or 5 flowers, so I tore 3 strips since I knew I wanted a couple of really small flowers.
Tie a loose knot in one end of a fabric strip..
Twist and turn the fabric as you wind it around the knot loosely.
Hot glue as you go to hold it in place.
When you get to the end or your flower is big enough, just hot glue the end of the strip to the bottom of your flower.
I used an old dress-up necklace that had broken to make the pearl embellishments.
Glue a few pearls to the center of each flower.
Here’s one of my favorite tricks…Add a little glitter glue to the center and around the pearls to add sparkle and shine without getting glitter all over everything.
Glue the rosette to the felt. Use plenty of glue so it is secure.
Continue until you have the rosettes arranged the way you would like.
Cut around the felt in the same shape as the line of rosettes.
Cut another piece of felt in the same shape as the rosette felt.
Don’t worry if it isn’t exact. You can trim it up later.
Adjust the gathers for the veil sections so they are as long as the length of the felt section.
Hot glue the longer veil section to the felt along the gathering. Try to get it right in the center of the length of felt or a little towards the back edge.
Use a plastic knife to help push it in place and hold it down until the glue cools.
Repeat with the short veil, gluing it right on top of the gathering for the long veil.
Trim the gathering threads.
Glue the headband directly on top of the gathering from the veils.
Glue the rosettes to the headband/veil section. Be sure to use tons of glue to really hold it together, especially at the edges.
That’s it! If you are good with the glue gun, you are already an expert for this easy project.