Flannel and Lace…

October 5, 2015

Plaid flannel and lace – nothing says Fall time vintage loving like flannel and lace combined!… add leggings, boots, a scarf, and maybe a psl and you’ll be ready to hit up the farmer’s markets in style! This would also look sweet with a faded denim shirt!  The possibilities here are pretty much endless!… it’s however you want to make yours!

The supplies for this How To are as follows:

Plaid Shirt

Lace trim/ribbon/fabric

Heat n Bond/Fabric Glue – this is a new sew project lovelies! and I’ve got two ways for you to complete it without having to sew!

Iron/Ironing board


Fabric pins

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I needed a few shirts for filming the DIY on the show so I made a trip to WINS thrift store 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 of another piece of clothing by removing any lining, 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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Lay out your shirt nice and flat, and also lay out the piece of lace that you want to attach to the bottom edge of your shirt!

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At 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… 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 even recommend doing a couple of test pieces to practice iroing on the Heat n Bond and then also attaching 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 gotten 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 also if the Heat n Bond melts through the lace 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 a good adhesion…

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If ironing isn’t your thing the other no sew option to adding a lace trimming 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 hem line 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 into place while the glue dries…

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Pin all the way across folioing 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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Place the shirt inside facing up and then trim off the excess lace above the hemline… follow 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 extra fabric inside to be bunchy and uncomfortable…

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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 to follow the edge cleanly by eye you can use a sewing marker with disappearing in 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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The bottom hem isn’t the only place to put lace… many flannel shirts have nice little details that can benefit from a little pop of lace!… for example!? the little sleeve tie back!…

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Follow the same steps as above… apply 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 onto your favourite fall flannels to add a sweet little vintage look to your wardrobe!… I can’t wait to see what shirts and lace you chose to make yours!… be sure to come on over to the Feathering My Nest Facebook Page and share some photos of your flannels and lace!



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