Lace Chain Garland
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- 1/2 yd cotton fabrics: 3 light prints
- 18 total yds of narrow lace trims :12" per link
- 2 yds 20" Craft-Fuse interfacing
- 1 pkg 17" HeatnBond® Ultra Hold adhesive
- Elmer's® fabric glue
- Rotary cutter, mat & grid ruler
1. Cut the fabrics to be tea dyed into 14"x22" pieces. Rinse in water to remove sizing. Allow to dry.
2. Steep tea bags in pot of boiling water until fairly dark. Place fabric in tea. Allow to set 5 minutes or more. Remove & allow to dry. Iron fabrics.
3. Cut all fabrics into 13"x22" pieces.
4. Cut 2 pieces of interfacing 6"x20" per fabric. Cut one 7"x17" piece of HeatnBond® for each fabric.
5. Place fabric piece, wrong side up, on ironing surface. Place a piece of interfacing along the width edge of fabric. Iron to fuse interfacing to fabric. Repeat with the other interfacing on top of the first and fuse.
6. Place the 7" piece of HeatnBond® along the non-interfaced fabric section & fuse together. Peel off backing. Fold over the fabric lengthwise, 7"x22". Set aside. Repeat for all pieces.
7. Cut the fabrics into 1"x7" strips to create the links. It takes 54 links to create a 79" chain.
8. Cut lace trims into 6" pieces. 2 pieces of lace trim are needed for each link. Open the fabric strips. Place a bead of glue along the edge from the fold down 6" on the HeatnBond® side. Repeat with other side. Gently place pieces of lace trim on glue.
9. Glue the strips together. The tab that is left will be used to glue the strip into a circle for the link. Allow the strips to dry slightly, but not completely.
10. Once the glue has set on each strip, assemble the chain. Form strip into a circle and glue the tab on the strip even with the trim for a neat look. Place another strip through middle of the 1st link & glue into a circle. Continue until length is reached. Secure tabs on links with clothespins for 15 minutes or until set. Remove before completely dry.