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Flannel And Lace – A Fall DIY

Flannel and Lace – A Fall DIY

Looking for a DIY project that won’t break the bank? Learn what you can do with a flannel shirt and some lace purchased at WINS Thrift Stores. A big thanks to Lacey of for this awesome tutorial!

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Plaid flannel and lace – nothing says vintage-loving fall time like flannel and lace combined! Add leggings, boots, a scarf, and maybe a PSL (pumpkin spice latte) and you’ll be ready to hit up the farmers markets in style! This DIY would also look great with a faded denim shirt!  The possibilities here are pretty much endless, so make it your own!

The supplies for this Illustrated How-To Tutorial are as follows:

  • Plaid Shirt
  • Lace trim/ribbon/fabric
  • Heat n Bond/Fabric Glue (this is a no-sew project)
  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pins

I made a trip to WINS Thrift Stores and found a great selection of plaid shirts and even lace dresses and shirts that I could cut down for the lace! When I got everything home, I gave all of the fabric a wash and dry, and ironed the plaid shirts so that they would be crisp and ready to work with.

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You may have fabric glue and Heat n Bond in your crafting arsenal but if you do not, you can pick them up at a craft supply store… I found these at Michaels… Like I always say: If you’re picking up supplies at Michaels be sure to visit their website for a coupon for your purchase!

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First I like to prepare the lace if I am cutting it out from another piece of clothing by removing any lining or zippers and cutting up one seam across the body to get as big a piece of lace as I can in one go. Ideally, you need a shirt or dress that will yield one large piece of lace that is as wide as your shirt when your shirt is fully opened up. The dress I cut apart had a lining, so I saved the lining for ironing the lace on… you’ll see it later in this post!

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If there is a zipper, cut the zipper out and leave the seams in; if your lace has some vertical seams you just need to work those in evenly across your shirt!

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A large piece of lace has been freed… zipper and seams aside… Be sure to seam rip the zipper out of the dress if you have any projects requiring a zipper in the works!

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Next, lay your shirt out nice and flat, and lay out the piece of lace that you want to attach to the bottom edge of your shirt.

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At the very minimum, your lace should line up with the edges of your shirt… if it hangs over, you can cut that off after the lace is all attached. Don’t worry about extra lace above the bottom edge of the shirt – we will trim that off after the lace is good and attached! Just make sure that you have enough lace above the bottom edge to catch the Heat n Bond along the edge all the way across!

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Place the Heat n Bond across the bottom edge of the shirt… manipulate the paper to take the shape of the hem and iron it on just above the sewn hem of the shirt. You don’t have to do it all in one strip. In fact, it will be easier to place the Heat n Bond on from seam to seam:

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Follow the heat instructions on the Heat n Bond packaging… I used the Ultrahold Heat n Bond to ensure good adhesion between the lace and flannel. If you have some scrap fabric hanging around, I recommend doing a couple of test pieces to practice ironing on the Heat n Bond and then attaching the two pieces of fabric together. This will help you find the perfect temperature for your iron with the Heat n Bond.

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Once the Heat n Bond is ironed on across your shirt you can peel off the paper backing… go slowly… sometimes the edge of the paper can catch in the Heat n Bond, but don’t fret, it will peel up!

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Now, lay the piece of lace flat across the shirt ensuring that you’ve covered the Heat n Bond.

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Once you’ve got the layers laid out together on your ironing board, place the the lining or a sacrificial piece of fabric over the lace… this will help ensure that the lace doesn’t melt and that if the Heat n Bond melts through the lace that it won’t stick to your iron!

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Again, here, follow the directions on the packaging for the Heat n Bond for the iron temperature and time to press.

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Once the lace is ironed on, flip the shirt over and give it another press from the other side to ensure good adhesion.

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If ironing isn’t your thing, the other no sew option to adding lace trim to your shirt is to use a flexible fabric glue {pictured above} to glue the lace onto the shirt.

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For this method I used an old lace curtain…yep! Trace the bottom hemline of the shirt with a bead of glue and then slowly place the lace along the edge of the shirt onto the glue.

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…as it takes some time for the glue to dry, take some pins and pin the fabric into place on the glue so that the lace is held in place while the glue dries.

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Pin all the way across following the hemline…

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Leave the pins in over night and then remove them the following day and you are ready to trim the lace!

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Flip the shirt right side up and trim the excess lace at either end…

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Next, place the shirt inside facing up and trim the excess lace above the hemline, following your adhered edge.

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Once you trim off the excess inside, your lace will be neatly following the hemline of the shirt and you won’t have to deal with uncomfortable extra fabric inside bunching up.

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Place the shirt right side up again and then begin to trim the lace following the hemline of the shirt. Here the length of the lace is totally up to you… if you don’t feel confident you’ll be able to follow the edge cleanly by eye, you can use a sewing marker with disappearing ink and a ruler to make some cut marks across the lace.

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I followed the hemline about two inches down, all the way across following the scalloped edge of the flannel shirt.

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Of course, the bottom hem isn’t the only place to put lace! Many shirts have nice little details that can also benefit from a little pop of lace! For example, the little sleeve tie-back!

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Follow the same steps as above, applying some Heat n Bond where you want to adhere lace.

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Iron on the lace…

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…from both sides…

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…trim excess lace…

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BAM – lace trimming! You can also add lace to shoulders and pockets.

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And there you have it! Lace trimmings on your favourite fall flannels to add a sweet little vintage look to your wardrobe!

A huge thank you to Lacey of for this awesome tutorial. We can’t wait to see what shirts and lace you choose to make yours! Be sure to share your creations with us on Twitter and Instagram @winsyyc or on FacebookAnd while you’re at it, give Feathering My Nest some love on Facebook as well!

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