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How to Decorate Pillows with Lace

Follow our simple instructions to adorn decorative pillows with elegant lace.

By Suzonne Stirling

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Blue lace pillow
Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito
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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.

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Checklist

Lace fabrics and trims

Zip-off pillow covers and inserts

606 Spray & Fix Fusible Adhesive

Parchment/baking paper

Quick-setting gel fabric glue, such as Fabri-Tac

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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.

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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.

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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.

Finishing Touch
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.

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