Keep reading to learn how to make your very own vintage lace insertion pillow cases!
I’m convinced you dream better when your pillow is lined with lace… Either way, this dreamy lace insertion pillow case is so easy to make and turns a cheap, plain pillow case into something that looks, vintage, expensive and oh so lovely!
Lace has been used to adorn bedding for centuries, and with it’s intricate beauty and endless designs, who wouldn’t want to have their linens lined with lace!
With traditional lace insertion, the material behind the lace would be cut away., this would usually be used for clothing. For this pillow case, however, I left the material in place behind the lace so as to better protect the pillow.
Where to find vintage lace?
My favourite place to look for vintage lace is Etsy. There are so many lovely options of colours and patterns and from edging lace, to insertion lace. I chose to use insertion lace for this design, which is where the lace is symmetrical. But an edging lace where one side is scalloped would also be lovely as a boarder on a pillow cover.
What will you need to make this pillow cover?
- A plain cotton pillow case
- Some lace, at least as long as your pillow is wide
- Cotton thread
- Needle and thimble (if sewing by hand)
- Sewing machine (if using a machine)
Lay out your lace and decide on the best placement for the lace. For this pillow I decided to run the lace along just under the folded cuff of the pillow.
Starting at one end, fold under the raw edge of the lace and pin in place. Be careful with your pinning not to misshape the lace as is it very delicate and we want to pin it as flat as possible.
Pin all the way along and when you get to the other end, cut with enough lace to fold under same as you did at the begining.
Gently sew along the edge of the lace, picking up the pillow case below. You can either use a machine or do this by hand. I love hand sewing and so chose to do that. For lace insertion, traditionally a running back stitch is the preferred stitch.
And just like that you have a gorgeous, dreamy lace insertion pillow case!
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