DIY: A Little Bit of Lace Makes All the Difference

I’ll admit it: I’m obsessed with lace.

It’s probably the easiest, cheapest way to add a little bit of girly flare to any tired item of clothing. About four dollars can get you a spool of lace ribbon at Michael’s or any other craft store in your area, and a little adhesive tape or glue is the only other thing you’ll need to enhance your look.

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(clockwise from top left: lace fabric, lace ribbon, iron-on adhesive,
peel & stick adhesive: all available at most craft stores for under $20.00 total)

Without even sewing a single stitch, here are some things you can add a scrap of lace and an instant flair to:

  • Shorts, jeans or skirts

There are two ways to get the hot lace-shorts look (while the weather’s still warm!)

First, take a pair of denim cut-offs and cut out a chunk of the corner with a pair of scissors. Then, turn the shorts inside out and use fabric adhesive to stick the lace in place.

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If you like your looks with a bit more lace, take your lace ribbon and completely cover your shorts in it, row by row, making sure to use an iron-on adhesive for extra hold, and ironing after every row to keep the lace in place.

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Skirts can be treated in the same manner. If you have an old skirt that looks boring or simple, cut a slit up the side and tape the fabric back so that there’s a cut out triangle in the skirt. Turn it inside out and cover the triangle with lace for a cool, peek-a boo effect.

Jeans are another item of clothing that can hold lace in two different ways. Wrapping your lace ribbon around the bottom cuff of an old pair of jeans or pants gives them an elegant new look that goes great with your favorite pair of flats.

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You can also pin lace over the back pockets…

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…or use a seam ripper to pull out half the back pocket, ironing lace onto the material behind it, for another peek-a-boo effect.

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The tiniest details can make a world of difference when it comes to revitalizing your old bottoms, and it’s all so simple that each of these projects can be done in under thirty minutes.

  • Scarves

A designer scarf with lace ends can go for up to $1100 in a department store, but this easy tutorial shows you how to achieve the look for about twenty dollars or less.

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Simply take your scarf and lay it out flat in one long piece. Measure and cut lace of the same length and iron or sew it on to each end of the scarf.

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In almost no time at all, you have your very own trendy, high fashion look that cost next to nothing — especially if you already own an old scarf in need of sprucing up!

  • Tops

Keyhole tops have been in style for awhile now, but in the coming winter months, it might be too cold to have your back out all the time. An easy way to cover up is to use lace and turn the shirt inside out, using adhesive to pin a piece of fabric in place over the hole.

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This YouTube tutorial is also particularly cool, since in addition to showing you how to achieve this style, she also makes a bow out of lace and attaches that to her top for an added layer of style, too!

  • Shoes

Everyone owns a pair of black flats. Maybe, like the author of this tutorial, you own several pairs of black flats, and are looking for a way to make one slightly more interesting than the others.

All you have to do is buy a spool of lace ribbon in any color you like, and start cutting and gluing strips to the fabric of the shoe, layering each row as you go. Before you know it, you have your very own pair of cute, lace flats, ready for spring and walking in the city.

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It’s easy to sneak some lace into your everyday looks, and it can make a plain, boring item of clothing into something glamorous, girly, and elegant in just a few minutes. Many styles are no-sew and require little effort or energy. Lace comes in so many different patterns and colors that no two looks will be exactly alike, which is something every DIY fashionista loves. One spool of lace ribbon can inspire so many different looks that you will definitely get your money’s worth. A little bit of fabric and time can go a long way in this instance, and now that you’ve learned how easy it can be to do it yourself, you won’t ever have to spend your money on high-fashion lace looks again.

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