How to Make an Upcycled Vintage Lace Tote

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This guest post was written by Mitzi Curi.

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As an antique dealer, I come across lots of crocheted lace in various shades of white, cream and ecru.  I like to find ways to use it so the handiwork of women long ago can finally be appreciated.  For this project, I used the beautiful lace to revive an old tote bag and give it a second life.  I think this is a good example of “up-cycling” or “eco-crafting”, because a trip to the craft store wasn’t necessary to complete this project.

Lace Tote 1 How to Make an Upcycled Vintage Lace Tote

All you need for this project are a few simple materials:

  • A light colored tote bag.
  • Various lengths of crocheted lace.
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks (if you prefer to sew, you can do that instead).

I started at the bottom of the bag, and began running a bead of hot glue for several inches at a time and pressing the top edge of the lace into the glue, slightly gathering it as I went along.  You can see from my pictures that I added the next row of lace so that there was a slight overlap with each layer.  Also, I made sure each new row began and ended at the same side, where one of the seams was.

Lace Tote 2 How to Make an Upcycled Vintage Lace Tote

I’ve been using the tote bag daily for several months, and the glued-on lace has held on tight!  Do you have an old tote bag that could use a makeover?  I guarantee you’ll get oodles of compliments if you make one like this!

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About the author:  My name is Mitzi Curi.  I’m an antique dealer from Michigan and my goal in life is to get a little vintage goodness into every home!  Visit my blog, Mitzi’s Miscellany, for a little education about antiques, craft projects, and a dash of humor.  Because craft projects are so popular, I just launched a second blog, Mitzi Made It, featuring seasonal craft projects using vintage materials.

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Comments

  1. Mary Mac says

    Mitzi, This tote is beautiful. I have lots of old lace and I am going to have to try this. Thanks so much.

  2. Elena Wylie says

    Mitzi, thanks for sharing the vintage purse pattern. It is beautiful and I am going to try to make it. I love vintage as well as antiques. I just found my favorite website. I will gladly check out your second blog. Thanks again for sharing.

  3. says

    THIS IS AN AWESOME CRAFT AND THE TUTORIAL WILL BE SO HELPFUL WHEN SEWING IT. I HAVE ADDED IT TO MY FAVORITES AND AM EXCITED TO MAKE 1 OR SEVERAL. THANK YOU FOR SHARING

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