I love lace! And when I have some vintage lace left-overs, I often make “lace flowers” for further use in a piece like I did in this art tag here:
The lace flowers are really easy to make!
For the tutorial pictures, I used thread in a contrasting color so you can better see it. In a textile piece I would rather choose thread in a color similar to that of the lace.
Step 1: cut off a piece of lace and sew running stitches near the lower edge of the lace
Step 2: pull the thread ends and thighten them so that the lace forms a circle
Step 3: tie the sewing thread and use for fixing the lace flower on the background
Recently I wanted to upcycle an ill-fitting summer dress. So I made a well-fitting skirt of it. When I was finished sewing, many scraps of nice printed tulle were scattered on my working table… and this assembly looked inspiring, so I decided to have a go at freestyle crazy patchwork!
What follows is a short tutorial of how I made my fabric patches (see above sample picture).
Pin scraps of fabric randomly on a background fabric. The pieces can overlap and/or you can leave some spaces blank so that the background fabric is visible.
Sew the scraps on the background fabric with your sewing machine. Use a straight stitch and just sew some lines.
Turn the project around and outline your desired shapes directly on the back of the background fabric.
Cut out the shapes with your fabric scissors.
Using your sewing machine, fix the fabric borders with a zig-zag stitch. You can use a contrasting thread color, if you like.
Embellish the patches with embroidery, vintage lace, buttons and other paraphernalia.
If you liked this tutorial, please let me know. I would love to see your patches! ❤