April 24, 2014

How to Make Lace Flowers

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.

How to make lace flowers. You will never believe how easy they are!

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
  • Shears
  • 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.

How to make lace flowers. You will never believe how easy they are!

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.

How to make lace flowers. You will never believe how easy they are!

Now, add some personality to your flower by embellishing the center with any item you wish! Here are some of my favorite center ideas:

Handmade Fabric Yo-Yo’s

How to make lace flowers. You will never believe how easy they are!

Hand-Cut Felt Shapes

How to make lace flowers. You will never believe how easy they are!

Wooden Beads

How to make lace flowers. You will never believe how easy they are!

Buttons and Cabochons

How to make lace flowers. You will never believe how easy they are!

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!

How to make lace flowers. You will never believe how easy they are!

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!

Fabric Yo-Yo’s

No-Sew Felt Poppies

DIY Pom-Poms

DIY Felt Flowers

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5 Responses to How to Make Lace Flowers

  1. Anne Weaver April 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    Pretty!! I have a post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-layered-lace-and-fabric-flowers/2014/04/25/
    –Anne

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid April 27, 2014 at 7:25 am #

      Thanks so much, Anne!

  2. Crystal April 25, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    The lace flowers are super cute! Thanks for the tutorial!!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid April 27, 2014 at 7:24 am #

      You are very welcome, Crystal! Thank you for the comment!

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  1. Tutorial: Layered lace and fabric flowers | Sewing | CraftGossip.com - April 25, 2014

    […] Amy from Positively Splendid shows how to make these pretty layered lace and fabric flowers.  The bottom layer is made from brightly colored lace, the top from a fabric yo-yo, and a button makes the center.  If you can’t find lace in colors you like, you can dye your own.  Just make sure that you use cotton lace if you’re planning on dying it.  You can also use felt shapes in place of the fabric yo-yo to make a different look. Go to Positively Splendid for the tute. […]

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