Make your own crochet lace or purchase crochet lace edging and you can make custom pillowcases. It is easy to do with the right tools and a few simple instructions. The best thing about this process is that you can choose your own pillowcases. Select percale, Egyptian cotton or another favourite in the colour of your choice. The lace can be attached in such a way that no one would ever guess you made them yourself.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Thread to match either lace or pillowcases
- Thimble (optional)
Line crochet lace up on the pillow case where you want to sew it. Most of the time, lace is sewn on the hem -- the wide turned down part at the open end of the pillowcase. The lace may be sewn on the edge of the hem or it may be sewn on where the hem is stitched.
Pin the lace in place.
Thread your needle and tie a knot in one end of the thread. Leave the other end loose, hanging a few inches above the knot. As you sew, use up this loose end.
To attach the lace to the pillowcase, pull the thread up through the beginning of the lace. Lace is usually stitched down along the straight edge. Stitch through the beginning of the lace at the straight edge and then push the needle back into the pillowcase. Guide the needle along the folded edge of the hem, if stitching lace on the edge. Guide between the two layers of the hem if stitching at the top of the hem. This will hide your stitch. Bring the needle up about 1/4 to 1/2 inch from where you inserted it. Bring the needle through both the pillowcase fabric and the lace. Make a tiny stitch over a portion of the lace and take the needle down between the layers of the pillowcase again. This is a blind stitch. It will attach the lace almost invisibly to the pillowcase.
Tie a loop knot in a hidden spot such as the inside of the pillowcase when you get close to the end of the thread. Trim the excess thread, thread the needle with new thread and continue stitching.
Fold the ending edge of the lace under and stitch it in place when you get to the beginning lace (the part you already stitched on). Trimming crochet lace is not recommended, as it will tend to unravel, but if you must trim it, you will need to hem the lace so that the raw edge is face down against the pillowcase. Stitch the raw edge of the lace down carefully to lessen the risk of fraying.
Press the lace with an iron set to the appropriate fabric temperature.
Tips and warnings
- To tie a loop knot with needle and thread, make a tiny stitch in an obscure location along your stitching area. Make another tiny stitch and pull the thread through. As the thread comes through the second stitch it will make a loop. The loop will get smaller as you pull the thread. When the loop is about 1 inch in diameter, stick the needle through the loop and pull it tight against the fabric. This makes a knot. Some people prefer to repeat the process and make a double loop knot. This will secure the thread at the beginning or the end of the sewing process. Trim loose ends.
- Crochet lace is usually made with cotton thread. It may be washed after affixing to pillowcases if it is made of mercerised cotton. If it's just "cotton," you may need to wash the lace and dry it first. Cotton can shrink. If the pillowcases are cotton, you probably should wash them so that they can shrink as well. You do not want the lace and the pillowcase to shrink at different rates. This would ruin both the pillowcase and the lace.
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