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    Decorating with Doilies: Three DIY Projects

    Decorating with Doilies

    I’ve been eyeing crochet doilies at my local Goodwill® for many months now, knowing that there must be something easy that can be done to give them a place in my home without them feeling too “granny.” Finally, a couple of projects came to mind and seemed to fit the bill.

    DIY Doily Pillow

    This pillowcase update adds great texture to my couch. I started with a pillowcase that I already had, laid the doily flat on top of it, and hand-stitched around the edge with matching thread. It didn’t take long for me to incorporate this classic look among my other, more modern, pillows but I think the effect is really pleasing and it doesn’t look too hand-me-down.

    DIY Doily Dreamcatcher

    For a boho home, a doily dream-catcher is a must. I’ve always been a little grossed out by the sinew used in real dream-catchers, so the feminine touch of this one is definitely preferable to me. The process is simple, too. To make this yourself you’ll need an embroidery hoop, a doily, string (I used jute twine and faux-leather cord), an embroidery needle, feathers, buttons or beads, and glue.


    DIY Doily Dreamcatcher Tutorial

    • Step 1. Lay the inner hoop down, drape the doily over it, then slip the outer embroidery hoop on top of that.
    • Step 2. Stitch all the way around the hoop.
    • Step 3. Stitch on the buttons or beads.
    • Step 4. Dab a bit of glue between the feathers and one end of a string, then secure them with a smaller piece of string.
    • Step 5. Stick the other end of the long, now feathered, string through your doily, and knot it in the back so it hangs. Repeat this for all of your hanging feathers!


    DIY Doily Gift Bag

    I always love freshening up my household décor, but even more satisfying is creating an item that is usable. So I turned another doily into a darling little gift pouch by laying it flat, adding a felt circle (or cardboard for more support) to the center, then weaving a ribbon all the way around the outside edge of the doily and pulling it tight! You can secure the felt circle by stitching it or using fabric glue. Making your own wrapping from thrifted items like this will eliminate the need for wasteful wrapping paper, which only gets used once and is then sent to a landfill. Plus, it looks so unique and can be reused over and over again!

    DIY Doily Gift Pouch


    There are so many more ways that you can use crochet doilies in your home – check out our Pinboard for ideas then hop on over to your local Goodwill for supplies.

    Did you know that when you purchase anything from Goodwill you are helping their community-based agencies build revenues and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packing and assembly, food service preparation, document imaging and shredding, groundskeeping and administrative support? Your community thanks you! Have fun getting creative!

    xx, Julia


    Julia Marchand
    is a home decor/DIY blogger at LITTLEroost. From her little roost in rural New England, fueled by coffee and fresh air, Julia blogs for Goodwill Industries International creating sustainable DIY, home decor, and fashion content from thrifted finds.
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    • Leita
      June 21st, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      Cool article, great ideas. Doilies can also be used (whole or in pieces) as textural applique accents for quilts, clothing, fabric bags….run wild

      • Julia
        September 14th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        Great ideas, Leita. There’s no end to the possibilities! Have fun crafting :)

    • Klee
      July 19th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Using a large Doily over Lamp Shade gives a different country look.

      • Julia
        September 14th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        Absolutely! The texture is so pretty to look at and even more lovely with the glow of lamplight!

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