Wear Your Heart on Your Knees


For me, Valentine’s Day always brings me back to my grade school days, when we would sit at our desks, making valentines with construction paper and glitter. In the spirit of those days, I decided to do a little DIY project to add a bit of flair to my Valentine’s Day outfit. I recently found a handful of vintage doilies at a local thrift shop, and thought they would be the perfect decoration for a simple pair of tights!

DIY Embellished Doilies

What you’ll need…

For this project, I found a cute pair of heart-shaped doilies at a local thrift shop, but you can also find doilies or lace at any fabric or craft shop. Since they were a little larger than I preferred, I simply cut them down to the desired size. Before trimming, I sprayed them heavily with starch to keep the edges from fraying. You can also use a product called Fray Check, which can also be purchased at a fabric store.

Since tights are so stretchy, this project is best done while wearing your tights. I opted to use a pair of opaque tights because they are thick and less likely to run while sewing, but you can also use sheer tights for a different effect. Looking for a pair? We have plenty of different sock and tights to choose from right on the site! Then, simply put them into place and sew!

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22 Responses to Wear Your Heart on Your Knees

  1. Maria 02/08/2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Aw, that’s super cute! Love it! ♥ Definitely gonna try it sometime! 😀

    — Maria E.

  2. Janelle 02/08/2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Oh my!! So cute!! <3

  3. erica 02/08/2011 at 5:16 pm #

    adorable! i love it!!

  4. Amy 02/08/2011 at 5:18 pm #

    This might be the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. Ever. 🙂

  5. Rebecca Jean 02/08/2011 at 5:30 pm #

    How cute is that?! So simple, it makes go, Duh, why didn’t I think of that. Love it!

  6. Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries 02/08/2011 at 5:42 pm #

    Such a fun idea!!! I should do something like that! 😀


  7. Julie C. (ModCloth) 02/08/2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Aw Erin! So cute! I used to embroider EVERYTHING back in high school, but this is even better.

  8. Liz 02/08/2011 at 6:27 pm #

    So cute! I bet this idea would work on cardigans!!

  9. Kayla 02/08/2011 at 6:34 pm #

    Super Cute! I am totally going to try this! I also love the idea in the comments of putting them on cardigans as well. I have sewn plenty of doilies on t’s…but I am definitely going to try these ideas next! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Jenna (ModCloth) 02/08/2011 at 6:34 pm #

    So adorable!!

  11. Annie (ModCloth) 02/08/2011 at 7:37 pm #

    I love this idea!

  12. Kirsten @ S&P 02/08/2011 at 8:47 pm #

    Super cute! Brings solid tights to entirely new level.

  13. Ellie 02/08/2011 at 10:51 pm #

    Those are so cute! Do they fray easily, though?

  14. Kerrie 02/09/2011 at 1:20 am #

    totally cute! going to try it out =) thnxs for the idea

  15. Lila 02/09/2011 at 1:18 pm #

    This is such a great idea. I’ll definitely share it with my readers and try it out myself.

  16. emily 02/09/2011 at 5:24 pm #

    so cute! i love it.

  17. Sarah 02/10/2011 at 3:53 pm #

    I might have to do this as elbow patches on my favorite cardigan!!

    • Sophia 02/18/2011 at 1:23 am #

      that is also a good idea:) thanks. xo

  18. Rosaspina Vintage 02/10/2011 at 6:20 pm #

    Oh dear, I can’t believe I realized just now that it was you ,Erin! And I watched that lovely video twice a couple of days ago! 😀 I need a holiday! This is definitely one of the prettiest projects ever!

  19. Sophia 02/18/2011 at 1:23 am #

    They are so cute 🙂 I’ve got my doilies, just need new tights.

  20. kellyheidiMichel 03/08/2011 at 1:40 pm #


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