I’ve always been a bit of a collector. When I was little I had a collection of erasers (I wonder what happened to those, I think erasers from the 80s are quite popular now!) I think it might run in the family. My Nana collected fridge magnets. My Mum collected thimbles, and hedgehogs!
For the past few years the things I seem to collect (some may say hoard) are craft supplies, vintage china, and vintage fabrics and lace. The trouble with collecting vintage fabrics and lace is, that although I would love to be able to rustle up beautiful handmade treasures with them, I’m not great at sewing. Some basic hand sewing that’s a bit rough around the edges, I can just about manage, but nothing very impressive, that beautiful vintage fabric and lace deserves!
I recently bought a big bag of offcuts of vintage lace from someone I follow on Instagram, because I just couldn’t resist, and I was determined that I was going to make something with it, rather than just take it all out and look at how beautiful it was every so often, then bundle it all back into it’s bag. And so the idea of the lace garland came about!
Firstly, I cut my lace into roughly equal size lengths, around 50cm each. As some of the lengths of lace were quite wide, I also cut them in half to make them all a similar width, and then sorted them so they were in alternate colours. For example, peachy, cream, blue, pink, then back to peachy again.
I took my first length of lace, folded it in half and placed it behind my length of twine. I folded the bottom part through the loop to tie it on. Then simply repeat with each piece of lace until you’re done.
And that’s all, you’re done! So simple, and no sewing required. I’ve hung my rustic lace garland in my hallway, so now I can see it every day, no need to bundle it in and out of it’s bag to get my fix of pretty fabric!
I imagine this would also work well with lengths of pretty vintage fabrics, and would make a wonderful decoration for a wedding or a party.
Now.. there’s a gap in my craft supplies box. What can I try next?!
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