TUTORIAL: Antique Lace Ruffle Pillow

Do you want to know how to make this ruffly, girlie, frilly pillow? Well you are in luck, because I’m going to teach you. I saw a pillow with a similar flower like this one in house #11 of the St. George Parade of Homes. (The Heritage Hotties are still inspiring me!)
Step #1: Buy a roll of lace. I bought mine at Wal-Mart for $7.97. It looked like this. I’m pretty sure the roll of lace that I bought was meant to go on the outside of a baby blanket.
Step #2: Make some tea and let it sit for a minute or two to make sure it is as dark as it will get.
Step #3: Put in your lace. Dying the lace will make it look like antique lace. I tried to find some authentic antique lace, but I was a little impatient. So, if you have access to some antique lace, I’m totally jealous!
Step #4: Dry your lace: After a few hours, I rinsed off the lace until the water was clear, and then I put the lace in the drier to dry.

Step #5: Make a pillow cover. If you don’t remember how to make one, go HERE for instructions!

Step #6: Start tacking down the lace starting on the OUTSIDE edge first. As you go around the edge, you will need to pleat the lace to make it lay flat onto the pillow. I used thread and a needle, but my sister pointed out to me that a hot glue gun would have worked nicely (and would be much easier!)

Here it is after one circle is complete.
Keep going.
And going!
Step #7: Add a button, and stuff the pillow.
Can’t you see this cute pillow in a nursery!
Price Breakdown: 1/4 of a yard of fabric that was $1.00 a yard= 25 cents and lace from Wal-Mart approx. $8.00. Total Cost: $8.25 for this pillow cover. Now that’s THRIFTY!

Comments

  1. 1

    It's darling! I love the color!

  2. 2

    I had forgotten about the tea bag method. had used it on many projects several years ago. Love the end result. The color is great and like it against the blue.

  3. 3

    ooooh …i love this! Definitely going to try and make one this week. Thanks for sharing!!

    Tracey
    myhouseofgiggles.blogspot.com

  4. 4

    Oh my! Those are sooo cute!! When I get settled into a place I'm totally making some of them, as well as refinishing some of my furniture! Can't wait to share what I've accomplished! Good luck with the contest, I'm gonna go vote for you now, I'm sure you'll win!!! You guys are amazing!

  5. 5

    Okay I just voted for you guys. Your stuff was soo much more practical and applicable to people's everyday life. Good luck!

  6. 6
    ** Adrian ** says:

    I love this one!! Do I recognize that SWEET rocking chair in the photo?!? I forgot you had that– you lucky girl!! I love all your pillows!! You gals have been BUSY! I'll head on over to vote for you now! ;)

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    LOVED your stuff! I voted for you guys yours was by far the best project!!

  8. 8
    Jessica says:

    This pillow is so beautiful! I have a little bit of lace and I just might make this pillow. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  9. 9

    How pretty! I love your idea of dying the fabric to make it look more vintage

  10. 10

    Cute idea! I think I might try this on a smaller scale to embellish my daughters's skirts or tees.

  11. 11

    Gorgeous!

  12. 12

    Love this! We'll be linking!

  13. 13
    Anonymous says:

    Hey,
    sure you already know, but you should try Etsy.com, lots of supplies for cafts and projects, including vintage sewing materials (and hardware, and just about anything you may want)!

  14. 14

    Fabulous!!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-throw-pillow-with-oversized-lace-flower/2010/03/08/

    –Anne

  15. 15

    Very sweet. I also die fabrics and lace with Easter egg die. You could do this project with cute pink flowers too. Stock up on the die during the after Easter sales!

  16. 16

    Beautiful! It's definitely going in my project ideas file!

  17. 17

    Lovely! I've linked this to my blog. Thanks for sharing :)
    http://mytinkerspace.blogspot.com/

  18. 18

    I think these turned out just great. I loved the lace, and the antique touch with the dye from the tea was a fantastic touch! I would have never thought of that. I'm excited to try this project.. it looks easy and turns out great. Kudos.

    -Sylvia
    Antique Jewelry

  19. 19

    this is so lovely – and simple!!

  20. 20

    Great idea ! I think I can actually do this without sewing my hands together!

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