March 27, 2010

Homemade Lace Appliqué Tank! (and more!)


I. love. lace. appliqués.
I want to use them on everything.
And I was thinking about it the other day, why not use the lace you have to make appliqués?
So I dug around in my stash, and found several options, and started snipping away, cutting out the flower shapes!

To make an appliqué out of one:
1) Cut out a square of Heat Bond, and a square of lace, large enough to cut around your flower.
2) Lay the lace face down, with the Heat Bond on top of it, paper side up. Press for 2 seconds on medium heat.


3) Cut around your flower shape, and then peel off the paper backing.
4) Lay the appliqué on your shirt, and press for 8-10 seconds.

That's all the directions call for, but I also like to give it a few hand stitches for security.

Then you're done!

I love the possibilities of this!
I'd love to see a shirt with lots of different lace flowers appliquéd on! (Why didn't I think of that before writing this post....)


Of course, you're certainly not limited to clothing. I had lots of fun with these! :o)
I stacked some different sized flowers on top of each other, and added a pearl, then I glued it to one of Paige's hairclips.....


I glued some tiny little lace flowers to earring posts....


And used a jumpring to attatch a large flower to a chain! (my favorite!)


And don't forget-you can paint them, too! I spray painted these, but for clothing you could use fabric paint, or dye!
I just love this discovery, because a yard of lace would give you sooo many appliqués! But if you only needed a few, you could just buy a couple of inches of lace, and it would be really inexpensive.
Yay for inexpensive! :o)

88 comments:

  1. So Sweet! I am going to have to do this one today!

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  2. Disney~
    You have the best ideas! Love the many uses you came up with for just one motif!! Isn't it grand to be "cheap"?? LOL Thanks!

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  3. Wow. This is stunning...I think I found my weekend project...

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  4. They're just adorable!!! Love the idea! So delicate and pretty. I will definitely try this on one of my tank tops. Thanks!! Vanessa

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  5. The shirt turned out so pretty. I love the idea. I did that on the train of my wedding dress. Of course that was 100 years ago and the dress is now yellowish. Your post brought back some wonderful memories. I always enjoy reading your posts. THanks so much.

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  6. What a great idea!!! Love it :) you are so creative

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  7. What a clever idea, I love the hair clips and the earrings of course. I think I might try the hair clip one for my daughter. Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed weekend.

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  8. Beautiful! What a lovely idea. I especially love the necklaces. Great work!

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  9. This is a lovely idea and post Disney. I will definitely try one. Unfortunately, my lace stash is not as large as yours! (Shame on me :)

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  10. Disney, I've been following your blog for a while and your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Thank you so much for your generosity with the tutorials. btw, because of your posts, i now develop an interest in jewelry making, could you please recommend any books or sites chock full of tutorials and fundamentals of jewelry making? thanks a lot and have a nice weekend

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  11. I have all this over the top lace sitting here and I never knew what I could do with it, I LOVE your creativity!

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  12. Incredible! I'm really excited about this. Thanks for a great tutorial!

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  13. Those look so beatiful! And you look beautiful as well! Great ideas, Disney!

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  14. Aww its so cute!
    Paige is the cutest child ever!!

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  15. Lovely Lace - so pretty!!! Such a great idea for applique...I'll be digging out my lace soon!!! Thanx : )

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  16. amazing again!!! You are just too creative! Give me some of it!!!

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  17. Cute, cute, CUTE!! I *have* to make these sometime. I need to go buy lace now! haha! I loooove the applique! And maybe even a hair clip/bobby pin for myself ;)

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  18. You always have the best ideas! I love this one!
    I made your necklace!
    http://songberries.blogspot.com/2010/03/i-made-necklace-and-whole-wheat.html

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  19. Love them! Love those little earrings!

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  20. Love these! So many great ideas! Where to begin? I want to try each of these. Off to buy some lace! As always, thanks for sharing such beautiful ideas!

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  21. Try car spray paint - I have found it gives great results!

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  22. What a great idea! I've been trying to figure out what to do with the remnants of lace I have lying around and this is perfect :) I'll let you know how it turns out!
    Also, a trick I just learned about heat bond that I'm sure you would appreciate - if you put it on the back of muslin or fabric you can print on it from the computer

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  23. Am loving this!!! Mostly because I too am loving lace right now....and putting lace on t-shirts :) see? :

    http://vintagedutchgirl.blogspot.com/2010/01/lace-trimmed-t-shirt-and-tutorial.html

    SO easy, yet so feminine and purty :)

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  24. Love this idea! Everything needs a little lace:)

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  25. oh gosh, I love the tank! I'm going to have to do that for sure!

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  26. LOVE this idea! I also love the fingerless lace gloves you're wearing in the picture! I might have to give them a DIY try soon.

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  27. very cute, love it and you are so right, ideas could be endless with this

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  28. YOU ARE SO AMAZING! I can't tell you how much of an inspiration you are. I visit your blog EVERY day. I am just starting my blog and was wondering if you would do a visitor tutorial on my blog to help me get things rolling!

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  29. Gorgeous! Or you could just get some vintage pieces at the flea markets and charity shops?! :)

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  30. I love love love Paige's hairclips!! Such a stunning model too! As soon as my little one has grown enough hair to wear them I'm definitely going to have a go!
    Hope you're feeling better xxx

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  31. Beautiful ideas! I, too, love lace appliques and use them on ballet tutus and as embellishments for other projects. I have drooled over lace fabrics many times!

    I am fortunate enough to own an embroidery machine so I now make the appliques myself. This is a great help for getting the size and color I need for a specific project and very economical (after buying the machine!!!!).

    I submitted a picture for the ruffle contest with lace appliques that I made - it is the picture of my granddaughter in an aqua and white tutu which has been posted on the blog.

    Thank you for your inspiration, Disney!

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  32. This is such a lovely idea, plus I love your hair!!

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  33. How pretty! And so easy to do too! I am so into lace these days~

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  34. What a good idea! I love the first picture.. your hair is amazing!

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  35. so cute! i love the necklace. did you make the shirt with the ruffles that you are wearing in the picture by the window??? ~Jeanette

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  36. That's lovely. I just bought a little pile of lace, so I can experiment a bit with this. Thanks for the idea!

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  37. Love the pictures, your hair is so pretty!

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  38. what a lovely idea! i love how your pieces came out and would never have guessed it would be such a simple process, great work :-)

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  39. SO. GORGEOUS. like all of your creations!
    I am so featuring this!!

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  40. What a great idea! I'd love to share a link to this on sewwhattoday.blogspot.com on March 28!

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  41. Absolutely love the necklaces! SO cool!

    www.EnchantedMirror.com
    Stevie Nicks inspired clothing, jewelry and accessory line.

    Barbara

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  42. Disney, you are beutiful. =)

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  43. They are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Love that idea, so simple (which is good for the craftly novice like me LOL) and so adorable!!

    P.S. I love your name!

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  45. Do you think this would work with freezer paper? Just a thought...maybe I will try it out.

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  46. hi, i am from HK
    that's so pretty, i love the lace very much !
    I would like to know what is the heat bond paper. What kind of shop i can buy it ? thanks ^^

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  47. I'm so INLOVE with these projects! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  48. As soon as I read this I had to try it and I LOVE it!!!

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  49. Great idea! I especially like the spray paint idea. So many possibilities.

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  50. These are so adorable!

    Justine

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  51. I love the necklaces! Such a cute idea!

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  52. Fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing it!

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  53. You always have the best ideas!!! I have some old lace curtains that have seen better days! I'm hoping the flowers are small enough?

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  54. so delicate and feminine! love it!

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  55. You are sooo talented I haven't even got the words for it.

    And beautiful.

    Love Bea, Sweden

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  56. Great idea!!

    I've given you a "sunshine award" on my blog : http://churchsexy.blogspot.com/2010/03/sunshine.html. I know you've gotten several before so please don't feel like you need to do it again! I've also linked to your Ruffle your stuff contest and your jersey skirt tute. Thanks for your inspiration!

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  57. Beautiful!

    I've decided to nominate you with the Kreative Blogger award. You can find it on my blog http://tylerhandmade.blogspot.com/ and all you have to do to accept it is share 7 things about yourself we don't know, and pass it on to 7 more blogs you like.

    Happy Blogging!

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  58. I've got a bra that could use a little TLC. This lace "trick" would make it a little less drab and a little more fab! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  59. Love this!! So easy and fun and a quick update to a plain shirt.
    :)

    -xoxo
    E

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  60. I love your blog. Sometimes I think that you are in side my crafty mind. Every time I think of how to do something you always have it here. I Love, Love, Love Your Blog!!!!

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  61. i love this idea so very much!! i want to go out and buy same lace right now!

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  62. Stunning, and BRILLIANT!!! I love it, on my to do list for sure. I have some GREAT lace just waiting for something fabulous like this. Thanks for the great idea.

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  63. Oh how lovely...
    When are you doing the tutorial for the briliant ruffle skirt? It's feeling like spring and I'm dying to make myself one :)
    Thanks
    Fiona

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  64. LOVE THIS! I have a huge stash of vintage lace and curtain panels, I have used bits and pieces in my crafting, but never with heat and bond, this is a great idea! Watch lace proliferate all over the blogosphere! Thanks for the great stuff!

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  65. Fiona: I'm hoping to do it soon! I'm just waiting on some more elastic that is being sent to me :o)

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  66. Love it! And I'm jealous of your gorgeous hair!

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  67. I totally love this beautiful, yet simple idea! Thanks!

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  68. Greeeaat :) Can hardly wait!
    Thanks a bunch
    Fiona

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  69. Ah! That is just such an ingenious idea! Duh! Can't wait to bust some of these out

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  70. These are gorgeous!! Thanks for the post!!

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  71. these are all beautiful!!!! i love the idea, thanks for sharing!! :)
    you have an awesome blog!
    -kellie

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  72. You have forever changed the way I look at ruffles! Please check out my blog for a little bit of sunshine I've sent your way!

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  73. These are beautiful...never thought about all the things you could do with lace! I especially love the applique. So easy and elegant! =)

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  74. Wonderful idea, I can't wait to give it a try.

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  75. This is so great. Thanks so much for the ideas, I really like the shirt and hairclip!!

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  76. LOVE those gloves you're wearing in this!

    tutorial?

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  77. Aww, that is so pretty! Thanks for the great idea, I'll be linking.

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  78. I'm doing something similar tonight. I remembered seeing this, and wanted to thank you for posting the tutorial. :) It helped!

    Blessings!
    -Sarah

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  79. I just finished a cute li'l red onsie for my 10 month old girl...with yellow/goldish lace flowers....LOVE!

    Thanks for posting this fun tutorial!

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  80. I'm creating a headband out of bridal lace...and could not find any Briadal appliques in any of the stores near me. Thank you for posting the tutorial because I was pretty sure I could use the lace I had with bonding..and now I KNOW I can! You've given me some new ideas, too! :o) Thank you.

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  81. These are so beautiful! I haven't really don't much work with lace appliques but boy am I excited to try it now! Each one of these examples just looks so classic and elegant but it still is able to give someone their own piece of subtle pizazz!! Love it so much! Thanks for the suggestions! :D

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