Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Lace Flower Tutorial

Remember this BIG spool of lace I got awhile back??
Yards, and yards, and yards of lace,
with a light weight fabric lining between layers.

I decided to make some flowers out of it for the tree at the shop.
(yes, I have had to start thinking Christmas!)
I've seen tutorials where you cut 32 petals to make a flower,
or ones that had 4 shaped petals but still had to be cut out
each individually.
I just had to think of something quicker for me.
So, here is what I came up with.

supplies for one flower:

approx 30" lace or fabric & 30" netting, tulle etc.
You will need two layers of the lace,
and two layers of the netting.
scissors needle & thread jewelry or button

measurement for each layer is 15x 2 1/2"
4 layers total

picture 1

Fold 15" piece into 5ths.
(approx 2 1/2" long)
See above picture.
cut a rounded shape across the top.
(leave about 1" not cut at each side).
The strip will look like the one in picture
with the 'scallops'.

(finished cut piece)

Gather straight edge of fabric with double thread on needle.
(I did about 1/4" running stitches,
about 1/4" from bottom).
This does not have to at all perfect!
Which is perfect for me! =)

Pull tight.
Kind of 'fan' it out evenly.
Then do a few stitches across both ways to secure it.

This picture is a layer of lace
and a layer of netting. 2 layers.
You will need 4 layers altogether.
Stack the 4 layers on top of each other.
You can alternate lace and netting,
or put two netting in middle.
Just play with it.
Sew through all 4 layers.
(you can also add a 5th layer.
5 layers would take 45" of both fabrics)

Add a piece of jewelry or a button in the middle,
and "fluff".

Here is one finished
with a vintage earring in the middle.

Here is one,out of a silky material. (not finished)
I tried burning the edges of this one,
but I did not like how it turned out black.
Might work well on darker colors.
Or, maybe I just did not do it right)
And here is what my sweet bicycle riding husband
thought would make a great center. =)

Light off....
Light on.
What do you think??
Back to cuteness:
A little vignette I added the flower to.
(the sweet little collage on the left
was a gift from my friend Karen at

A brand new blogger, and really sweet gal.
close up
finished silky flower.

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Grannys Attic said...

Very Pretty! I love how you come up with the greatest ideas. Have a great day, Vicky

Juli@Korotaeva said...

Beautiful flowers! Thank you for easy tutorial! :-)
Have a wenderful day!

Angela Richardson said...

I'll be making some of these for my tree, thank you for the tutorial, you make it look easy.
I have loads of samples of Italian lace curtains now I am off to cut them up!! Angela.

Lululiz said...

Brilliant idea and great tutorial, thank you so much for that, gonna try it straight away!

Vicki said...

I love how these flowers turned out. I have bags and bags of lace. I'm going to try to make a few. Thanks, Barbara Jean! ps - send me your address please. I have a little thank you to send you.

Rose M. Rodriguez said...

Hi Barbara, thanks for these tutorials to make flowers, I love your touch always so delicate and romantic, I'm a fan of your "nest" the last I saw in a purse was so cute! Greetings, Rose Marie, "which found an analogy between that little bird that your husband protect the analogy between what God does for us." blessings

sweet violets said...

Great idea...gonna give it a try.....instead of burning the edges of the fabric, try cutting it with decorative scissors for paper crafts....and then use ink from the ink pads and stain the edges.....I like to use the sepia ink. happy crafting, cleo...

KimMalk said...

How pretty! It makes such a beautiful vignette with your other vintage items. I's sure it will be beautiful on your tree.

Anonymous said...

I think it's lovely, Barb!

She Uses Her Words said...

Barbara, thank you for such a great tutorial! The flowers are so cute! And I'm glad you liked your collage! It was fun to make.
I have lots of lace so I'll be giving those flowers a try real soon.
xo, Karen

Staci J said...

That is so dainty and delicate! I love the lace!
BTW, I'd love for you to come by my blog sometime and check out our HUGE giveaway going on right now!

Deanna said...

Thank you for a sweet and easy tutorial. I want to make some for the little Shabby chic tree I want to put in my guest room.

Deanna :D

Kelli@Restore Interiors said...

Barbara Jean, I could not figure out where to email you but I just wanted you to know I am linking your music note nest on my blog tonight. I am working on the post now. It looks great with my bird music christmas wreath!!
give me about an hour and it will be up.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I don't sew but it looks easy enough. Will have to give this a try, one day ... along with the other 100 projects I keep saying I would like to do. Have a great weekend! :) Tammy

Sugar Lump Studios said...

what a wonderful tutorial and such a precious little lace flower! thank you so much for sharing this. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thank you for the kind words on my blog! :) said...

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Blondie's Journal said...

This is just precious, Barbara Jean! Thank for a great tutorial...I hope I can make one!


KristiYaYa said...

WOW! That is so perfect for a project I'm working on... your creativity and generosity are most appreciated!!!! (and your timing was right-on for me!!!) May God Bless you and I Thank you!

KristiYaYa said...

Thank you so much! I just love this and all of your flower creations!!!!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there Barbara Jean~
I LOVE your flowers!!! They are so cute and charming!! The pretty jewels you add are perfect!! So creative and what a great way to use lace and bits of fabric we all have laying around! Thank you for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday!! You have great ideas! :)

Sonya Badgley said...

Hi Barbara Jean,
I love the flower tutorial! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely try it!
Blessings to you,

Maggie Lamarre said...

luv how easy you make it look,
I'm starting a new series for the Holidays, I hope you stop by, and link at

Shopgirl said...

Lovely flower, and a perfect tutorial. I am working on Christmas also. I have been for awhile. So much to do, so little time. Hugs, mary

Agnes said...

I made a kind of silky flower too.
So wonderful, so beautiful.
Thanks a lot

Mitzi said...

I'm going to follow your tutorial and make some spring flowers! I think your creations are lovely, and your tutorial is excellent. Thanks!