Tulle is a fine, lightweight material commonly used in veils, tutus and gowns. It’s a machine-made cotton or manufactured net that has a hexahonal mesh. Soft tulle can be used to create a lacy look while stiffer tulle can be used in underskirts to create a fuller look.
Raw edges of tulle don’t fray so they can be left unfinished. Leaving the edges of tulle raw can help add an airy feel.
Add stabilizer along the edges of tulle to make it easier to manage when sewing.
Place tissue paper on the underside of tulle when sewing a seam. The tissue paper helps provide support for stitching and can be torn away from the seam after sewing.
Never iron tulle directly- it can melt! Instead, place a towel on top of the tulle and iron on the lowest setting.
Tulle does not have a grain but does have more stretch in the width than in the length. Keep that in mind when cutting out pattern pieces.
Avoid snagging when sewing with tulle by using a roller foot or placing tape along the bottom of the foot.
Stitch slowly when using tulle to prevent puckering or gathering.
What’s your favorite thing to use tulle for? Sewing tutus or gowns, decorating for special events, an alternative for tissue paper when wrapping gifts or something else?