Little embellishments can make a big difference in handmade projects, and today I’m sharing a super easy tutorial for lace flowers that are perfect for punching up everything from tote bags to sweaters, garlands and more. Using just a few easy-to-find supplies, you’ll never believe how simply these come together! Let me fill you in on all the details.
For this project, you will need…
- Crocheted lace (the dyed lace I’m using today I found in the sewing trims aisle at Jo-Ann)
- Fray Check
- Sewing needle and thread (I like to use craft thread, which is somewhat similar to embroidery floss)
- Various items for the flower centers: yo-yo’s, felt shapes, buttons, cabochons, beads, sequins, etc.
- Hot glue
Cut a 14-16″ section of lace, and finish the ends with Fray Check. Thread the sewing needle, leaving a long tail of thread. Starting at one end of the lace piece, run the needle up and down through the top edge of the lace, working all the way to the opposite end. Leave two tails of thread at each end for gathering later on.
Using the tails of thread, gather the lace until it is in a circular shape, as shown. Tie the thread tightly into a knot, and fluff and adjust the gathers of the flower as needed.
Now, add some personality to your flower by embellishing the center with any item you wish! Here are some of my favorite center ideas:
Hand-Cut Felt Shapes
Buttons and Cabochons
The possibilities for these flowers really are limitless!
These flowers make a lovely accessory when added to an alligator hair clip or a simple pin back, but another fun way to display them is by using them to create a fun garland.
For this garland, I simply opted to string a number of the flowers onto yarn along with some of my handmade pom-poms. Whimsical, bright and fun!
I used my new garland to add a pop of fun color to my creative space, but this would also be perfect for kids’ rooms, nurseries, classrooms or party decor!
Looking for even more fun embellishment options? Don’t miss these other fun ideas!