Friday, December 4, 2009

Lace Angels Tutorial

I learned to make these angels quite a few years ago. They're a quick, easy, and versatile project. I've used them as ornaments, gift package decorations, garlands, pins, and magnets. They make wonderful gifts. When my son was little, I would make these for his teachers at Christmas, and they were always a big hit. So, let's get started. You will need the following supplies to make your angels:
1 inch pom poms
Sewing Needle

Embroidery Needle
Thread (to match lace)
Gold Cord
Gold Thread
Embellishments, such as rosettes, ribbons, buttons, etc.
Hot Glue Gun or Craft Glue
Pin Backs

  • Cut your lace. Depending on the width of the lace you are using, you'll be cutting the lace anywhere from about 4 to 8 inches in length. It depends on how full you want the dress to be. Thread your sewing needle and knot the end.
  • You're going to start at the upper edge of the lace and run the thread through the lace, like you would a basting or running stitch, accordion style. Once you've reached the end, push the lace to the knotted end, so thats it's gathered together tightly. Keep it pinched together and run you needle through again and pull tight to secure.Don't fasten off.
  • Cut two lengths of lace for the angel's wings, probably about half the length of the dress.

  • You can experiment a bit here. You might want to fold the lace in half, or you might use a smaller width lace, it depends on what you like.Run thread through the edge of one wing and then the remaining wing. Pull thread tight and then run the thread through the gathered edge of the dress and fasten off.
  • Use either a hot glue gun or craft glue and attach the pom pom head.

  • Cut a piece of gold cord to make the angel's halo. Glue in place at the back of the head.
  • Choose your embellishment for the front of the dress and glue in place.
  • Depending on how you want to use your angel, you can glue on a pin back or magnet, attach some gold thread to use as a ornament or package decoration, or glue angels to some ribbon to make a garland. Be creative! Happy Crafting. :)

By Debra Collins
Creative Me Designs

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Zuzu's Petals said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to share this project. I was looking for something to give the ladies at a skilled nursing facility I visit and this is perfect! Nancy

Debra said...

Zuzu's Petals_ Thanks for stopping by! Have fun making your angels, they really are a fast and fun project. Happy Holidays!

casserole said...

These are so pretty!! I featured your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


Amanda said...

I am writing to request permission to reprint this adorable project on We would of course give you full credit and will happily link back to your blog. Please let me know if this is acceptable. Thanks!

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mummsie said...

I just found your site and wanted to say "These are adorable." What a simple little project for such a beautiful effect. Many Thanks. Going to make a few of these as I am a "laceholic" lol.

Debra said...

Thank you, mummsie and happy holidays!

Anonymous said...

The lace angels are nice, but would be even better if you used a doll head (with holes in bottom and top) sold in craft stores. Then insert a silver pipecleaner, twisting the top to make a halo. You can paint eyes and lips with colored markers.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for these beautiful angel patterns.I love angels.anniebee

Anonymous said...

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Moira McCullough said...

These angels are beautiful as they are. Thank you for sharing the pattern and for showing them all to us.

DutchPrincess said...

They are just wonderful!

Thanks for given them to the world!

Anonymous said...

I have been making angels similar to this with my mother and children and now grandchildren for years--we do use the wooden craft heads with fake hair glued on --and pipe cleaner halos and body--i have one small tabletop tree that is my "angel tree"--we even made 200 of these for my oldest daughter's christmas wedding!

Anonymous said...

These are adorable, but I was thinking maybe if your using cotton balls youcould put some of you favorite scented oil on them and use them for air fresheners

Anonymous said...

Awesome Tutorial and we can't wait ti make some of these for this Christmas decorating!! I live in the mountains of WA state and we are getting ready for the snow to start soon! Then we will have cocoa and make angels after we finish sledding :) Thanks for showing us how to make such fun gift toppers!

Anonymous said...

These angels turned out so pretty - to make the halo I strung small gold beads on wire, formed a circle, and then hot glued it directly onto a small wooden ball for the head. I also used two types of lace for the skirt, the top layer had gold thread throughout giving the skirt a shiny two dimensional effect.

MabelLou Brown said...

I think I will try these angels for hair barretts for my great granddaughters. I think an angel in their hair would be gorgeous, and so easy to make!

Anonymous said...

love these angels---how can I get a copy of the pattern?? thanks so


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