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Lace Odds and Ends to Sew
Whether embroidered lace on a tulle layer, Chantilly lace with its fine outlined patterns, floral motifs of Alencon needlepoint lace on a net background, contemporary eyelet lace, or Venetian lace that seems to disappear when placed against a background fabric, all lace types have a delicate, ethereal quality. Even small bits of lace can be used as appliques, for crafting and for trimming hand towels or collars and cuffs of denim, sweaters and blouses.
Lace fabric remnants can be found in a variety places. Old lace curtains and tablecloths, online sellers of vintage inspired lace trims, wholesale sewing suppliers, retail fabric stores and sources for specialty bridal fabrics, are a few sources. There are endless projects and uses for bits and pieces of lace. Consider the following easy to sew ideas.
A purchased padded satin hanger can be covered with lengths of 3 or 4 inch wide lace on both sides of the hangar following the curved ends. Whipstitch straight edges of lace to the bottom of the padded hangar, catching in both sides and leaving a few inches of lace to hang freely from the bottom of the padded hanger. Finish off with a taffeta ribbon.
Lace sachets can be made in any shape - square, rectangular, round or heart shape. Cut two matching lace pieces to desired size. Back the lace with fine tulle cut to fit and placed on the wrong sides of the shapes that are then stitched together. Leave a small opening to fill with potpourri. Close with small hand stitches. Use a moiré ribbon tied into a bow for a romantic look.
Antique button pins can be used as a decorative accessory on hats or purses or as a broach to enhance a sweater or scarf. Antique and vintage buttons can be found not surprisingly in a handed down family button box, online at button emporiums, or even at local thrift stores. Cut 2 circles of felt to match the button size. Using a length of up to 2 inch wide straight lace, run a small gathering stitch close to the edge, leaving a long tail of thread. Pull tightly to gather the lace into a circle. Whipstitch the gathered edge of lace to one felt circle near to the edge. Stitch button to gathered lace, then blanket-stitch remaining felt circle to back of lace-edged circle. Stitch a purchased bar pin or a safety pin to back.
Small canning jar lids can be covered with a small circle of lace. Weave a gold cord or very narrow satin ribbon near to the edges leaving approximately ½ inch of lace to hang past the cord or ribbon allowing the lace to slightly ruffle at the edge.
Lace has long been a decorative fashion element since at least the 15th century while in continuous use even today as an embellishment on delicate clothing and especially cherished in bridal gowns and accessories.
Sew happy, sew inspired.
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