In The Studio: Dyeing Lace Trims DIY

DIY Lace Trim Dyeing ~ Tutorial Blog Post ~ By Bubblegum Sass

I realized early on in my making of the Love Catchers, that I was going to need a steady supply of lace trim to decorate them. Now, I try to use as much upcycled materials & materials that I have on hand as possible, but it’s hard to resist some new embellishments. It is possible to buy ready-made colourful lace trims (which I have done), but I felt a bit limited by colour choices and widths. So often I would find a package of lace trims online that were the perfect colour (there’s hardly any trim readily available locally), but the package would contain short lengths of various widths, many too wide for the Love Catchers.

I finally decided that to flush out my selection of trims, I would purchase plain cotton, dyeable lace trim in large quantities and then dye them myself. Mostly I want to focus on making the Love Catchers themselves, and with limited time for all the crafting, I chose to purchase ready-made dyes to simplify the process. The supplies for this adventure were purchased online at the Dharma Trading Co. or were items I already had on hand. Dharma Trading Co. does offer natural plant dye options, if you would prefer to dive into that. I ordered a small selection of Tumble Dye. The fact that you could spray or dip dye with them appealed to me. Also, lovely selection of colours!

Suggested Supplies:

  • Dyeable lace trim
  • Bottles of Tumble Dye
  • Rubber gloves
  • Glass pan or large glass measuring cup
  • Flat plastic trays or baking sheets
    (For air drying the lace. I used the plastic lids from some storage containers)
  • Dryer


Hand Dyed Lace Trim ~ DIY Blog Post ~ By Bubblegum Sass


I wet the lace before applying any dye. Then I laid the lace out in the glass pan and sprayed it with the dye. Then I flipped the lace over and sprayed it a bit more. I didn’t pre-mix any dyes, but did combine some of the dyes simply by alternating which one I sprayed, to achieve desired colours.

Once enough dye has been sprayed on, wring the lace trim, allowing the excess water and dye to fall into the glass pan. Then place the lace trim back into the excess dye, rub it in a bit, flip the lace over and rub in the remaining dye. I did this step, to ensure there wasn’t any large white spots on the trim. *see note below*

Hand Dyed Lace Trim ~ DIY Blog Post ~ By Bubblegum Sass

Once you’ve got the lace trim the colour & hue you want, lay it out on a plastic try or baking sheet and let it air dry completely. Once it’s dry, pop it into the dryer for about 20min (I just used our medium heat setting). So far I have just been using the lace trim for my Love Catchers, which do not go into the wash. According to the instructions, putting the dyed items into the dryer should set the colour, but I haven’t personally tried washing any of them yet.

Hand Dyed Lace Trim ~ DIY Blog Post ~ By Bubblegum Sass

Viola! Pretty, pretty lace trims in a rainbow of colours, ready to be made into even prettier things!

Hand Dyed Lace Trim ~ DIY Blog Post ~ By Bubblegum Sass

*If you wish to a achieve a much more even dye colour, just pour some of the dye into the glass pan, and do a dip-dye method instead of using the spray applicator. I prefer the spray applicator to achieve the vintage shabby chic look, but it’s up to you.*

Keep experimenting (I know I still am) and have fun with your dyeing projects!

DIY lace earring holder

If you’re on Pinterest, chances are you’ve come across the idea of using an old frame and lace to make a unique earring holder. There are dozens of examples out there, so I’m not claiming to be the genius behind this design. I’ve just been longing to have a better way of storing my earrings, instead of shoving them into a jewelry box, where I forget about some of them & others get tangled. Finally fed up, I headed to the basement to dig up an old frame (former art students always have old picture frames kicking around). Next stop, the sewing room for some lace trim, hot glue gun and vintage buttons (of course I can’t do any craft project without adding a button accent). These particular buttons are gorgeous vintage shell buttons that belonged to my grandmother. They have been patiently waiting for the right project to come along.

To make this super easy earring holder, which can even be done during baby’s nap time (it’s that quick), remove the glass and back from the frame so that all you’re left with is the wood. Next, measure out lengths of lace trim to go from one side of the frame to the other. Use your hot glue gun to adhere the lace trim to the back of the frame. I started with the top most lace strip first, then measured how far down the next strip should be. Keep in mind the type of earrings you have. If you have lots of long ones, you’ll want to leave plenty of space between each lace strip. If you have mostly short earrings, you’ll be able to put each strip closer together and thus fit more strips in the frame. I have a mix of earrings, so I put two strips closer together and the last strip is placed to allow plenty of room for my long earrings to hang freely.

For the finishing touches, I used the hot glue gun to adhere the buttons onto each corner as a nice little embellishment. Sweet and simple.

Hint – If you’d like the frame to stand out from the wall a bit to make it easier to get earrings off and on, just bend out those little metal tabs on the back of the frame that keep the glass in place (hope that makes sense). They add just enough depth.

Happy crafting! And happy organizing too!!

Lace earring holder by Bubblegum Sass

Lace earring holder (detail) by Bubblegum Sass