Lace Patchwork Sweater

By  Kirsten Peters McGrath  for  Duncan Enterprises

Short bursts of colorful spray paint over a real-lace "stencil" - that's the secret to transforming an ordinary sweater into a lace-print work of art!

  • Lace Patchwork Sweater
  • Closeup View


  • White or ivory fine-gauge sweater
  • Flat lace, wide width, 1 yd.
  • Tulip Fabric Spray Paint, three coordinating colors


  • Cardboard or shirt board

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, masking tape, newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • 1. Wash and dry sweater without fabric softener. Place on work surface; insert cardboard or shirt board.
  • 2. Cut lace into different-size pieces. Arrange lace on sweater front as desired. Protect areas not to be painted with masking tape.
  • 3. Lightly spray one area of sweater with first paint color. Repeat with second paint color, then the third paint color. Repeat until all areas of sweater have been covered. (Note: Allow colors to overlap and blend.)
  • 4. Remove lace; lay sweater flat to dry. Arrange lace and spray back of sweater in same way as front.
  • Other Options
  • 1. Make a "lace patchwork" tote bag in same way.
  • 2. Try technique with non-fabric spray paint on note cards or paper.