Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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More lace on things: Covered up stains!

I like putting lace on things--particularly vintage doilies as simple and easy embellishments for clothes and home decor.  This time, I want to show you how I covered up some stains on a cute H&M dress I got at Goodwill.  It was the half off color, so only $2.50, and very cute, but had a couple small stains and a grease spot on the front.  It didn't look like anyone had tried to remove them, so I bought it and put some stain remover on, but to no avail.  So, I had to cover them up.
I used my technique from some of my previous shirt embellishment tutorials--spray adhesive on the doily, zig zag stitch to attach it more securely.
Here it is!
And here's a shot of the inside...
I think I'll bring this dress along for my trip, too... the vintage off-white and ivory doilies are sort of reminiscent of the prairie look that goes so well with the South Dakota plains... Laura Ingalls Wilder lived there for a while, I think in the 1880s?
We leave for the long drive from Oregon to the Black Hills tomorrow morning and I must get to packing!


  1. Missy Goff7/24/2010

    You are amazing, and this dress is adorable. I am inspired...

  2. too adorable...I will try that on the kids clothes...you know, the ones you have just bought, brand new and ice cream/blueberries/juice spills down it the first day.

  3. The Ingalls family lived in S. Dakota for a good long while, but in a more eastern area than the Black Hills.

    p.s. cute idea for a dress. Your stuff is so cute compared to a lot of the DIY stuff out there. I love it!

  4. This is such a great idea. I have so many clothes that have this problem. I'm an eternal food spiller :-)

  5. Any ideas or tips for zigzagging on a very basic sewing machine (for appliques and the like)?

  6. Very cute! I can't wait to see it on!


  7. What a great idea! It looks adorable. I can't wait to try it out :)

  8. Wonderful! I love it more after your embellishments!

  9. Thanks!!
    Janebabes, zig zagging is really fun and easy, I just recommend practicing on a scrap to figure out your machine and how its default settings look. I adjust the width and length of my zig zag for this type of use, so try it out with a few different widths and lengths, and see what you like!

  10. I never thought of using doilies, I usually just added that stained piece of clothing to my patch pile. Great Idea!!!

  11. This turned out so cute! I bet it will look great on your trip. Have a great time!


  12. Oooh I love this!

  13. what a great idea!



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