Thursday, March 31, 2016

Vintage Lace Embellished Hand Towels


Remember that set of hand towels I bought at Bed Bath & Beyond a couple weeks ago?  Well I've been working on sprucing them up a bit.  A couple years ago a friend gave me a bunch of vintage hand crocheted pillowcase lace her grandmother had made many, many years ago.  I was thrilled to get it and even more thrilled to finally get to put it to use.


Pillows and pillowcases are larger than they were when this lace was made so most of it is too small to add to new pillowcases unless I make them myself, which I just may do, but I also had the idea of adding some of the lace to some hand towels.


Another hand stitched project.  Just perfect for me to work on while enjoying a movie or TV show in the evening.


I washed the towels first because they are 100% cotton.  Then I used my machine to stitch the ends of the lace before I cut it so it wouldn't unravel.  Once that was done and pinned in place I used thread doubled over and a sharp needle to make tiny even stitches and sew it onto the ends of the towel.


Another fun project in the books and some beautifully handcrafted lace that will continue to be enjoyed for many years to come.  I'm so glad my dear friend thought to give this to me.



Do you have lace like this in your linen closet?  Don't you just love it?

4 comments:

  1. I do have some of that lace and I need to get it out and use it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. I hope you'll share your project. I'd love to see what you do with it.

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  2. This just tickles me because my great-aunt had trim and lace on every one of her hand towels and pillowcases in her home. This just brought back so many memories that make me smile! Just seeing your handwork makes me want to scour thrift stores for some vintage lace and do the same thing! You made my day by posting this- Thank you! :)

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    1. That is so wonderful Dawn. Happy I could do that for you. I hope you find some and end up making something wonderful with it. And I hope you let me know what you end up making. :)

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