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Monday, April 8, 2013

Upcycled Lace and Doilies

When I'm thrift shopping and shopping at estate sales, I am always drawn to lace and doilies. I've been waiting to showcase just a few projects that you can create with them and I can't wait to hear what you think.

Doilies Necklace
Items Needed:
Necklace chain
Necklace clasps
Fabric Stiffener
Doilies or lace
Start by cutting your design out. I was inspired to create an asymmetrical necklace.  Next, using a paint brush apply fabric stiffen to both sides of your design. I let it sit for about 30 minutes and could tell a difference in the strength. You can also mix the fabric stiffener with acrylic paint to dye the color.  Lastly, using needle nose pliers and tweezers I chained together my design.

Lace Earrings

Items Needed:
Lace or doilies
Fabric Stiffer
Earring clasp

Use the fabric stiffener as listed above, wait til it dries and then open the earring clasp to complete your fabulous new earrings. These are great for bridesmaid gifts!


Last option, use fabric glue and fabric stiffer to adhere a beautiful lace design to a boring tank top or t-shirt. I would also recommend sewing a few stitches around the edges to secure.