How to Attach Crochet Lace to Fabric

Crochet lace, available at fabric stores in the trimmings department or at vintage fabric stores, adds a delicate and luxurious touch to hems and sleeves. It can also be used as a decorative trim for throw pillows, napkins and tablecloths. Crochet lace features a sturdier, yet dressier look than traditional lace made from fine thread, and its ornate design adds a touch of Renaissance opulence to any outfit or home furnishing. Sewing crochet lace to fabric requires no special sewing skills.

Measure the fabric edge that will feature the crochet edging with a tape measure, and add 1 inch.

Cut the crochet edging to the measurement in step 1.

Before you sew the hem on your item, pin the straight edge of the crochet lace to right side of the fabric--about 1 inch up from the edge. The edge of the crochet lace that you want to show as trim should be facing up at this point, away from the hem.

Sew a straight-stitch seam 1/4-inch from the straight edge of the crochet lace to attach it to the fabric.

Turn the fabric over, so you that you are looking at the wrong side of the fabric, and fold the hem, as usual. You will see the crochet trim fall into place. Pin the hem and iron it in place. Then, sew the hem with a straight stitch, 1/4-inch from the edge.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Crochet lace
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
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Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.