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Lace Inset Shirt

Turn a boring t-shirt into a pretty, vintage-inspired piece of art. Fashion crafts for teens allow young people to get creative and find inspiration. This Lace Inset Shirt from Heidi Borchers is trendy, fun to make and oh so stylish. Teens will love wearing their creation to school or on outings with friends.

Lace Insert Shirt


  • Aleene’s OK to Wash It Glue
  • T-shirt – black
  • Organdy – black
  • Lace – black
  • Scissors
  • Waxed paper


  1. You will be cutting away part of the front of your t-shirt, so you might want to practice on paper first to get your desired pattern shape or be sure to watch video to follow along while cutting.
  2. Wash and dry t-shirt and do not use any fabric softener in the washer or dryer.
  3. Fold t-shirt in half so that you have a straight fold going down the front center.
  4. Cutting through the two layers, begin cutting right below the neckline ribbing but be careful not to cut into the ribbing. Continue to follow cutting along the neckline ribbing until you reach the shoulder seam.
  5. Turn your scissors and cut approximately 2″ along shoulder seam, then begin cutting back towards the front fold. Your inset pattern design will change depending on where you place this cutting line. Save the t-shirt piece that you cut out because you will be using it as a pattern for your organdy.
  6. Turn shirt inside out and lay front side up on work surface.
  7. Place waxed paper inside shirt. This will help to keep the glue from seeping through while you glue in the organdy and lace inset.
  8. Using the t-shirt piece that you cut out as your pattern, place it on the organdy fabric. Measure and add approximately 5/8″ along the outside edge and cut your organdy fabric.
  9. Lay your organdy fabric over the opening in the t-shirt to double check placement. Remove and apply glue in a thin line along the bottom cut edge of the t-shirt. Place the organdy fabric in place and gently press in place over the glue.
  10. Next, apply a line of glue along the top (neckline ribbing) and then place the top edge of the organdy into the glue. Let dry completely.
  11. Apply a line of glue along the shoulder edge and place the organdy into the glue. Let dry completely.
  12. Turn t-shirt right side out.
  13. Cut lace into desired shapes. Apply glue to back of lace pieces and glue in place along edges where t-shirt meets organdy. Let dry completely.
  14. It is recommended that you hand-wash this wearable.


For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out Aleene's Vintage Inspired Lace Inset T-Shirt.

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It has been my long term goal to be able to jazz up an existing top and make it my own by adding a lace inset such as this. Really! I always have all these great ideas in my head but seeing as how I am not a seamstress, I never know how to go about it. So, thank you very much for this simple to execute lace inset design with instructions. I like that it uses washable glue!

How do I get to the video tutorial? When I check on the Lace Inset Shirt in green above, it takes me back to this same page.


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