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Monday, August 09, 2010

HS101: tatted lace to fabric

This type is done almost exactly the same as french lace to fabric.

Use DMC heirloom sewing machine thread when doing this for real and needle size#60, #65 or #70.

For the sample I will just be using normal sewing thread so you can see it easy in the photos and it will be a contrasting color for the same reason.

prep work

1. Cut 1 piece of lace and one piece of fabric the same length
2. Prep by starching and pressing both (using clean iron, and clean board, also use spray starch)  ( if the tatting is homemade out of tatting cord it may not need starting but always better to starch than not to)  this technique only works with store bought lace or homemade lace that has a crochet chain added to the header edge.  The header edge is the edge attached to the fabric.

How to


L = 0.5

  • place right sides together with the lace being 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch away from the edge of the fabric  (this  piece of lace is handmade by me in size 30 thread then I added a size 80 crochet edge in similar color so I could use a sewing machine to attach it)
    •  placement
    • layout
  • using zig zag stitch stitch over the edge of the fabric and the edge of the lace" the chain stitch".
  •  sew zig zag satin stich
    • zig zag together
  • press towards fabric
    • wrong side before pressing
      • finishe dwrong side
    • right side
      • finished right side

using correct thread this is what your finished piece should look like

right side finished
 with corect thread
right side finished
with correct thread right side

  Heirloom Sewing . Get yours at bighugelabs.com


  1. Thank you for this tutorial. I've been meaning to ask you how you attach your tatted lace.

    Is there a special way to treat the cut ends so it doesn't unravel?

  2. I also attach by hand. I attach by hand more than by machine. tatting doesn't usually unravel you just have to make sure that you cut the tatting beyond what you want. Because any ring or chain cut will undo itself. So I purposely undo those then there is no raveling I pay close attention to where I cut so that when I unravel those cut ones in ends where I want it. I hope that made since


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