There is nothing better in this world than lace! And when lace is vintage, it’s even better! I have a post dedicated entirely to my vintage lace collection. And there were some follow up posts on what I did with some of it. Today is another post like this. I am going to show you how you can use strips of vintage lace to decorate a plain canvas bag bought at a craft store. The original bag looked something like this
You will also need lace, if you don’t have any at home, you can always buy some at a store, another way to collect lace is to cut it off some worn out clothes (i.e those tanktops that have lace on the bottom). Some of my lace came off vintage night gowns.
Make sure that lace is either smoothed out, or ironed. I had to iron some of mine. Also, when you are ironing lace, remember that it’s synthetic, so use the lowest setting! I have a steam iron, but I was extra careful, because I didn’t want to ruin my lace. I also wanted to use most of the left overs I had up. Mom found me a brand new roll of lace, which I am super excited for! I can’t wait to use it to make pillow cases for the couch for Sam’s & mine new apartment.
I also crocheted some lace as well. It’s really easy, and adds a unique feel to the final product. You can use any pattern that you have, or create your own, I did it with one of the strips.
I chose a centre piece for my bag, it was originally supposed to go on a shirt, as a collar decoration. But I like my shirts plain, not floral, so I put it on a bag! I actually sewed it on first. I had to sew everything on with a running stitch first, using some yellow thread. Then, after everything was in place, I sewed it all on with white, and took the yellow out!
After I sewed on the centerpiece, I started adding on the strips of lace. TIP: it’s easier if you start from the bottom. I only needed 3 long strips (another TIP: measure the width of your bag, and before you begin the project estimate how much lace you are going to need!) If you are not going to have a centerpiece all your strips are going to be the same length. In my case I had 1 centerpiece, 3 long strips and 18 short ones. You need to sew it all on, making sure that the short strips, the ones separated by the centerpiece are on the same level, otherwise it’s not going to look pretty. I also used the same lace in each row, as if the long strip was broken by the centerpiece, but you can play with lace and pattern!
So this is the final product! I have something to go to church tomorrow with. But overall, this is a great light summer bag! Enjoy!
Happy Saturday, and happy DIYing everyone, or as Sam calls it – DIMing (Do it Myself)