Bachelorette parties are always a ton of fun -- it’s the ultimate girls’ night out. The bride-to-be deserves an evening to let loose, but the typical accessories you can find at your local party store can be a bit boring.
If your soon-to-be-hitched pal is anything but, try this super simple craft to make sure all eyes are on her for her special night!
1 piece tulle, 24x48 inches -- try the bride’s favorite color, or neon to stand out!
1 hair comb or barrette
Needle and thread in coordinating color
Decorative elements -- ribbon, sequins, gems, bows, feathers, etc -- personalize it!
Hot glue gun with glue sticks (You can use fabric glue, or crazy glue in a pinch)
Large dinner plate
Step 1: Spread your tulle out on a large, flat surface. The floor is fine, just make sure it’s clean. Fold it in half widthwise, then again lengthwise. It’s ok if the edges don't line up perfectly. Place the tulle in front of you so that the folds lie across the top and right sides of the rectangle, with the top edge being the short end.
Step 2: Place a dinner plate on the bottom left corner, where the four layers line up, not a fold.
You’ll be using the plate as a guide to round the corner edges. Trim along the bottom to even it out, and then around the edge of the plate in the corner, extending the cut gradually until scissors are vertical again.
Unfold the tulle halfway, out like a book. The piece in front of you will be two square layers, 24x24 inches.
Slide the top layer up so there is about a two inch difference between the layers -- this will give the final product a nicer, layered depth.
Step 3: We are now going to gather the veil across the fold at the top. Make sure you have a solid knot at the end of your thread.
Insert your needle and thread on one side of the top fold and make several small stitches in a straight line across the entire fold. Gather as you go, every few inches.
Once you reach the other side, gently pull the thread to gather the tulle so the top fold is approximately as wide as the barrette or hair comb you have selected.
Adjust it as needed to make sure the gathering is evenly spaced. Hold it up to the clip/comb and, once you are sure that it is the correct width, tie off the thread.
If you have extra thread, you can go back a second time across the top to secure.
Step 4: Next attach the tulle to your barrette or comb. Reload your needle with thread. Place your tulle on a flat surface with the shorter side on the bottom.
Place your barrette or comb on top of it, with the exterior side down, and the top edge lined up along the gather.
Pinch the two together with one hand and insert the needle through the tulle with the other, looping the thread around, securing it to one end of the clip.
Continue looping the thread around the top of the gather, and around the top of the clip, working your way across until you reach the opposite side.
Tie your thread off. Don’t worry if this is not totally even, we'll be covering this up later. (I’ve used pink thread so it’s easier to see here – you can select a color closer to your tulle for better blending.)
Step 5: Now, the cover up! Select a coordinating ribbon as wide as or slightly wider than your barrette, or the top edge of your comb - no smaller than 1/4 inch.
Cut a strip about 1 1/2 inches longer than the clip. Fold each end over towards the underside of the ribbon, and secure with a dot of hot glue. This will ensure that the edges don't fray and will look clean.
You’ll want the finished length of the ribbon to be slightly longer than the barrette or comb.
Step 6: Next, place the ribbon, right side down, on a flat surface and distribute hot glue across it. Carefully press the outside of the tulle along the top of the clip onto the ribbon, pressing as you go to ensure a good bond to both the tulle and the clip itself.
Be careful with that hot glue! Once it’s attached, flip the whole thing over and press the ribbon with your fingers to make sure it is well secured.
Step 7: Decorating time! I glued some plastic gemstones to the top of my clip, along the ribbon backing.
You can embellish as you like, with bows, sequins, glitter, gems - be creative! Once the glue dries, it’s ready to go. Have fun ladies!