It's easy to make a rose from a yard of lace in just a few steps! Lace roses are a beautiful accent to clothing, shoes, hairbands and other crafts. Let's get started.
Step 1: Step 1: Gather Your Materials
To complete this project you will need: 1 yard of lace, coordinating thread, scissors, and a needle.
Step 2: Step 2: Anchor Your Stitches
Tuck in one raw edge of your lace by rolling it or folding it tightly twice. Thread an 24-30" length of thread through the needle and knot it at the end. To make sure that the thread doesn't pull right through the larger holes in the lace, make a few stitches in the rolled end of the lace and end about 1/16" of an inch from the base. This will be where you begin your gathering stitches in a moment. Make sure the knot is hidden (tug or tuck as needed to hide the knot within the roll of the lace end. Take one stitch through all layers of the lace at the base as shown.
Step 3: Step 3: Continue to Gather
Weave the needle in and out of the lace at even increments along the edge of the lace. Follow a straight line in the lace pattern, preferably where the lace threads are woven more tightly. Push the accumulating gathers down the thread (away from the needle) as you continue to gather the lace.
Step 4: Step 4: Check Your Progress
As you are gathering stitches, you might want to occasionally check your work by rolling up the gathered lace into a rose shape. This is the step where I adjust how tightly or loosely I am pushing my gathers together to make sure the finished product will resemble a flower. Continue gathering the lace until you've reached the end of the piece.
Step 5: Step 5: Form the Rose Shape
Roll the gathered lace into a cylindrical shape. Be sure to keep the gathered base ends even.
Step 6: Step 6: Sew the Base of the Rose
Holding the rose firmly with one hand, insert the needle from one side of the base to the other, changing directions and catching loose ends as you repeat 15-20 times. Pull the thread tightly between stitches, being careful not to break the thread.
Step 7: Step 7: Fluff Out Your Rose
Once you have secured the base, knot and cut the thread, and turn the rose right side up. Fluff out the layers and adjust as needed. Now you can hot glue or stitch your rose to any outfit or craft you wish!