Follow our simple instructions to adorn decorative pillows with elegant lace.
By Suzonne Stirling
Fancy flourishes in home decor had never been my thing. But after scouring craft websites like Etsy, I've had a change of heart. I discovered all sorts of clean, crisp lace trims and eyelet fabrics that could make plain pillows feel fresh and modern, not fussy or old-fashioned.
Lace fabrics and trims
Zip-off pillow covers and inserts
606 Spray & Fix Fusible Adhesive
Quick-setting gel fabric glue, such as Fabri-Tac
Step 1: Prewash lace fabric to prevent shrinkage. Cotton is easier to work with than synthetic. After drying, lay lace on pillow cover to plan your design, and cut to size.
Step 2: Preheat iron on high setting. Protect work surface with scrap paper, and lay out the fabrics and trim, facedown.
Step 3: Hold spray adhesive 8 to 10 inches from the surface of the lace. Using short spritzes, coat entire surface, including edges.
Step 4: Place the lace, adhesive-side down, on the pillow cover, positioning as desired. Cover with parchment/baking paper.
Step 5: Iron on top of paper 30 to 45 seconds, using a constant motion. Let the cover cool; remove paper and insert pillow form.
Secure any areas of the lace that don't fully fuse, like at the edges of the pillows, with dabs of Fabri-Tac.
Originally published in the August 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.