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Holiday Tips with The Diva – Tulle Garland Tutorial

December 18th, 2009

Article by: Lisa Carroccio The Domestic Diva



I’ve always used tulle when decorating my Christmas tree. It’s the secret to making a cheap tree look full. Basically, I’d “stuff” the tree with tulle and call it a day. However, this year since I now have a full pre-lit Christmas tree, I needed to somehow find a way to incorporate tulle into my tree. What better way than to Tulle Garland?!


All you need is a serger and a few rolls of 6 inch tulle in whatever color you like. The color choices are endless. I used 4 rolls (100 feet each) of “Old Gold Shimmer” tulle. Tulle rolls are sold in increments of 25, 75 and 100 feet. Be sure to buy as much as needed or you’ll be making additional trips to the craft store like I did.

Serger Settings:
4-thread overlock
Gathering Serger Presser Foot (if you have one)
Left and Right Needle Tension = 8
Upper and Lower Looper Tension = NORMAL
Stitch Length = 5 (or highest available setting)
Differential Feed = 2 (or highest available setting)
Note: You can use a sewing machine to gather your tulle, but the serger makes it a fast project…and I’m all about speed.


With the roll of tulle in front of the machine, on your lap or on the floor (like I do), fold tulle in half as it comes off the roll (folded edge to the left). Use your right hand to guide tulle through the serger cutting off 1/4 inch. With your left hand, place two fingers behind the presser foot to prevent the tulle from feeding freely.


This helps the tulle gather even more. When your fingers can no longer hold the tulle from behind the machine, let it go. Repeat until you’ve gathered all your tulle needed.


Once you’ve gathered all your tulle, you’ll need to “poof” it by separating the two layers of the tulle.


This is what 400 feet of gathered tulle garland looks like. Just enough to decorate a 7 foot Christmas tree.

Total cost…under $15! Being the envy of all your friends…priceless!

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10 comments on “Holiday Tips with The Diva – Tulle Garland Tutorial

  1. Tutorial featured at: One Pretty Thing blog

  2. Tutorial Featured at: One Pretty Thing blog for the holidays. YAY we love them!! Thanks for featuring Lisa’s tutorial :)

  3. valerie on said:

    I love anything with tulle, but a tulle garland takes the cake!! I am filing this at thecraftersflebox.com. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  4. Colleen@Murals&More on said:

    I’m a tulle-stuffer, too, as well as any other fabric I can find. I used to decorate trees for stores and had to make sure the tree was really full becuz shoppers would take ornaments off the tree to buy.

    Love the tulle garland. Now I’m off to shop your site. stopping by from One Pretty Thing.

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  7. Esther Grant on said:

    Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. Beautiful idea!

  8. Samantha on said:

    Is there a good way to do this without a serger?

  9. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have been looking for something to fill in the bare spots on our Christmas tree (natural) and this is perfect. What makes it even better is I have that ribbon tulle already and a serger. Yes

  10. Just beautiful! Thanks so much for the tutorial – your tree looks

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