How to Make Flowers Out of Tulle

    by Bryn Bellamy

    About the Author

    Bryn Bellamy has written professionally since 1999 and specializes in food & drink, travel, outdoor recreation, nutrition and general features. She has a background in restaurant management and hotel catering, was a features editor for Gannett, and was nominated for a James Beard Award for Food & Drink design and editing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Southern California.


    Tulle flowers add a touch of class and ethereal fantasy to wedding regalia. Use them to embellish bridal dresses, hats, gloves, parasols or even banquet decor. You can make tulle flowers quickly and easily using a sewing machine, but you can also sew them by hand. Although this tulle flower measures approximately 3 inches in diameter, you can adjust your fabric dimensions proportionately to make a smaller or larger flower.

    Things You'll Need

    • Tulle
    • Thread
    • Scissors
    • Sewing machine
    • Iron
    • Needle

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    Cut a piece of tulle 4 inches wide by 20 inches long.

    Fold the tulle in half on the long axis, so that it now measures 2 by 20 inches.

    Stitch along both ends of the folded tulle by hand or sewing machine, leaving the long edge open.

    Turn the fabric so that the seams are on the inside. Press lightly with the warm iron so the seams lie flat. Do not press the long folded edge unless you want a sharp crease in your finished flower.

    Set the sewing machine to baste by adjusting the stitch length to long and loosening the bobbin thread. Baste the long seam. Alternatively, use needle and thread to stitch a medium hand stitch.

    Tie off the basting threads on one end of the strip so they don't pull back through the fabric. Hold the bobbin thread on the other end and push the tulle toward the knot to gather and shorten it. You should end up with a "fan" about 10 inches long.

    Roll up the tulle along the gathered edge so that it resembles a rose. Stitch the gathered edges in place and trim any excess fabric or threads. Find the sewn edge in the center and use a few hand stitches to secure it deep in the flower, out of sight.

    • You also can use taffeta or any moderately stiff-bodied fabric to make flowers.
    • Keep the iron set to a slightly warm setting or you may melt the tulle.

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