How to Soften Tulle

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Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine

  • Laundry detergent

  • Liquid fabric softener

Tulle, a netted fabric, is a common choice in the construction of formal gowns as well as for making tutus and wedding veils. Tulle is a fitting option for adding puff to the skirt of a dress or making a full-bodied tutu because of its stiff quality. When it comes to a wedding veil and some other projects, though, you might want a softer feel to the tulle.

Step 1

Place the tulle in the washing machine. Add the appropriate amount of laundry detergent and fabric softener to the machine for the size load the tulle makes up.

Step 2

Set the machine to the proper load size and to either a hot or warm wash cycle. Run the washing machine. Run the tulle through the machine a couple more times, with only fabric softener.

Step 3

Dry the tulle in the dryer.


Tulle, like most fabrics, comes in different weights. Lighter weight tulle tends to be softer to the touch than heavyweight tulle that has a more scratchy feel. Both kinds can be softened, but only to a certain extent, so keep this in mind when choosing a tulle.


Repeat the process again if you would like to soften the tulle further, but be warned that each time a fabric is run through the washing machine it breaks down the fibers of the fabric, which shortens the fabric's lifespan.