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Sewing with tulle - Ideas and how to's

By Miriam R-A 1 month ago 47 Views No comments

Gone are the days when tulle was only used for bridal and formal dresses! This beautiful drapey and sheer fabric has become increasingly more popular in home sewing to create one of a kind fashion items for every day and occasional wear. This blogpost is a quick reference guide with some pointers on what and how to sew with tulle.

Here are some recurring questions we get asked:

What is tulle and what do you use it for?

Tulle is a lightweight mesh fabric that can be made from a variety of synthetic or natural fibres such as polyester, silk, rayon, nylon or cotton. It is most commonly used in the wedding industry for dresses and veils but has made its way into daytime fashion.

Most recent trends see tulle being used for making layered skirts, blouses and shirts.

What needle do you use?

Tulle is an extremely delicate and very fine mesh and it is best to use a thin universal needle such as a size 70. Larger needles may cause the mesh to stretch or break.

What stitch is best?

A straight stitch is best in most cases. You may want to consider a zig zag or other stretch stitch for areas where stretch is required such as a gathered waistline on a skirt especially if you use an elastic waistband.

How do you finish edges?

Due to it’s mesh structure the fabric will not unravel or fray, so there is no need to finish the edges. If you do not like the look of the raw edge there are multiple ways to finish it:

(a) A rolled or lettuce hem

(b) Binding the edge

(c) An open binding

How many layers do i need for a skirt?

This is where your creative liberties come into play. The general rule of thumb is that your skirt will appear fuller, the more layers you use. You can achieve a playful look by overlaying one or two layers of tulle over top of an opaque fabric (such as jersey or cotton).

Tip: If your pattern calls for a gathered skirt, your skirt will appear fuller if you gather each layer individually.

Can it be washed?

Washing tulle by hand with soap and water works best. Though machine washing is possible it can easily tear or break when getting caught in zippers or other objects. How water or dry air from a dryer can make the fabric brittle and cause it to crack.

Can it be ironed?

When stored or transported tulle will easily wrinkle. Here are a few different ways to get wrinkles out of your tulle fabric.

  1. Hang the fabric or garment in a humid room such as a bathroom. When running a hot shower the warm steam will make the fibre relax and smooth out.
  2. Spray your fabric or garment with warm water and hang outside in the sun with a breeze
  3. Use your steamer to get out wrinkles by holding it no closer than to inches to the tulle and gently apply hot steam.
  4. Use your steam setting on your iron but make sure to be no closer than 3 inches, if the iron plate touches the tulle it will instantly melt.



We hope this information helps you to get started!

Make sure to check out our selection of tulle fabrics for your projects.

Feel free to leave additional questions or comments below.

Also check out these YouTube videos for tulle projects:

Sew your own re-usable produce bag

Sew a layered tutu skirt

Sewing with tulle - Ideas and how to's

By Miriam R-A 1 month ago 47 Views No comments

Gone are the days when tulle was only used for bridal and formal dresses! This beautiful drapey and sheer fabric has become increasingly more popular in home sewing to create one of a kind fashion items for every day and occasional wear. This blogpost is a quick reference guide with some pointers on what and how to sew with tulle.

Here are some recurring questions we get asked:

What is tulle and what do you use it for?

Tulle is a lightweight mesh fabric that can be made from a variety of synthetic or natural fibres such as polyester, silk, rayon, nylon or cotton. It is most commonly used in the wedding industry for dresses and veils but has made its way into daytime fashion.

Most recent trends see tulle being used for making layered skirts, blouses and shirts.

What needle do you use?

Tulle is an extremely delicate and very fine mesh and it is best to use a thin universal needle such as a size 70. Larger needles may cause the mesh to stretch or break.

What stitch is best?

A straight stitch is best in most cases. You may want to consider a zig zag or other stretch stitch for areas where stretch is required such as a gathered waistline on a skirt especially if you use an elastic waistband.

How do you finish edges?

Due to it’s mesh structure the fabric will not unravel or fray, so there is no need to finish the edges. If you do not like the look of the raw edge there are multiple ways to finish it:

(a) A rolled or lettuce hem

(b) Binding the edge

(c) An open binding

How many layers do i need for a skirt?

This is where your creative liberties come into play. The general rule of thumb is that your skirt will appear fuller, the more layers you use. You can achieve a playful look by overlaying one or two layers of tulle over top of an opaque fabric (such as jersey or cotton).

Tip: If your pattern calls for a gathered skirt, your skirt will appear fuller if you gather each layer individually.

Can it be washed?

Washing tulle by hand with soap and water works best. Though machine washing is possible it can easily tear or break when getting caught in zippers or other objects. How water or dry air from a dryer can make the fabric brittle and cause it to crack.

Can it be ironed?

When stored or transported tulle will easily wrinkle. Here are a few different ways to get wrinkles out of your tulle fabric.

  1. Hang the fabric or garment in a humid room such as a bathroom. When running a hot shower the warm steam will make the fibre relax and smooth out.
  2. Spray your fabric or garment with warm water and hang outside in the sun with a breeze
  3. Use your steamer to get out wrinkles by holding it no closer than to inches to the tulle and gently apply hot steam.
  4. Use your steam setting on your iron but make sure to be no closer than 3 inches, if the iron plate touches the tulle it will instantly melt.



We hope this information helps you to get started!

Make sure to check out our selection of tulle fabrics for your projects.

Feel free to leave additional questions or comments below.

Also check out these YouTube videos for tulle projects:

Sew your own re-usable produce bag

Sew a layered tutu skirt