How to Sew Tulle
Tulle, a synthetic netted fabric, has many uses in garment making and home decorating. Soft tulle gives a delicate look and feel to formal wear, holiday costumes and interior decor. Stiff tulle can be sewn in layers to give petticoats and skirts a dramatic, full look. Sewing tulle, however, can be a challenge. With planning and specific sewing notions, you can piece together the loosely woven fabric without damaging it.
Things You'll Need
- Water soluble fabric stabilizer
- Ironing board
- Press cloth
- 60/8 sewing machine needle
- Tissue paper
Following your machine's instructions, replace the needle with a thin needle, such as 60/8, if needed.
Cut 1-inch-wide strips of water soluble stabilizer. On your ironing board, sandwich the edge of the tulle that you plan to stitch between two strips of stabilizer. Use long, pearl-head pins to hold the stabilizer in place as you work.
Place a pressing cloth, or towel, over the stabilizer strips and the tulle and carefully fuse stabilizer to the fabric using your iron's low heat setting. Work in small sections at a time, removing pins as you go.
Cut tissue paper into 1-inch-wide strips to stitch two pieces of tulle together. Place a strip of tissue paper on the underside of the tulle to sew a seam. The tissue paper provides support during stitching. Tear away the tissue paper carefully after stitching. You also can sew decorative stitching on the tulle's stabilized edge.
Blot the water soluble stabilizer with a damp cloth to dissolve it when finished sewing.
- The raw edges of tulle do not fray. Leaving the edges raw enhances the floaty and airy aspects of tulle.
- Don't let the iron touch tulle fabric directly as the heat will melt it.
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