Lace appliqué can add interest to any project – from fashion to home décor. Many beautiful lace fabrics feature delicate motifs that can be cut out and sewn to other fabrics. Embroidered fashion is a huge trend right now, and this look can easily be achieved by appliquéing a motif from any of these beautiful embroidered lace fabrics.
We’re going to show you 2 ways to sew lace applique – by hand and by machine. Both give great results. Watch the video below for the full tutorial!
Lace Appliqué by Hand
Use a sharp hand needle and matching thread to sew a blanket stitch to sew the applique to the base fabric. The benefits of doing this by hand is that you can easily hide the thread stitches within the embroidery lace design already there, making the embroidered lace look as if it were an embroidery design on the fabric of the project.
Another benefit is having control of the tension and position of the applique as you sew. Eliminating puckers, or machine sewing damaging the embroidery design.
This process take patience and time, but the results are beautiful!
Lace Appliqué by Machine
For this example, we used jersey knit fabric, and a black lace fabric.
Adjust your machine tension setting a little lower than normal and use whatever machine needle is recommended for the base fabric being used.
Once the applique in pinned in place, use a zig zag stitch, leaving ¼”’ around the edge. When pivoting corners and angles, lift the presser foot with the needle in the down position, turn the project, and lower the presser foot to keep sewing.
After the applique is sewn in place, you can cut away the base fabric underneath for a sheer effect if desired. This is a classic look and adds lots of interest to any project.
When cutting away the underside, leave about ¼” around the edges for stability. When cutting away woven fabric, use Fray Check on rough edges of base fabric to prevent unraveling.
*Laundering recommendations: If the base fabric is machine washable, wash the completed lace applique project inside-out, on a cold delicate/hand wash cycle, and lay flat to dry.