How to Fix Ripped Lace

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Repair lace items with a simple mending process.
Repair lace items with a simple mending process. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

From clothing to curtains and more, lace gives almost anything a soft and romantic feel. Whether the lace is in vintage apparel or a newer item, the fragility of this textile makes it easy to tear and rip. When damage occurs, don’t despair. With a few simple sewing supplies and basic sewing skills, you can fix ripped lace to restore the item to like-new condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Ironing board
  • Straight pins
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Thread (color to match lace)
  • Scissors

Place the lace on the ironing board where you can see the ripped area clearly. Position the lace together, butting up the torn edges neatly against each other. Insert straight pins through the lace into the ironing board to keep the lace from moving.

Thread the needle with an 18-inch length of thread. Pull the thread through the needle to make a double length of thread and tie a knot in the ends of the thread.

Insert the needle up from the underside of the lace through spot where the stitching is tighter (not a hole in the lace) and pull the needle through until the knot rests against the underside of the lace.

Begin stitching across the ripped area of lace with the needle and thread, making stitches that resemble the lace pattern, if possible. Make the stitches loose if the lace pattern is a loose weave, or make the stitches tight if the lace pattern is a tight weave.

Continue stitching until you sew across the entire ripped area of the lace. Finish with your needle on the underside of the lace again in an area with tighter stitching (not a hole).

Remove the pins and lift the lace item off the ironing board. Tie a small knot in the thread and clip off the excess thread to finish.

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References

  • "Sew Vintage: New Creations From Found Fabrics"; Jennie Archer Atwood; 2002
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