Learn how to make the cutest doily crafts – using both paper and lace doilies! Get project ideas for gifts, decor, fashion, and more. These DIYs are great for beginners.
Want to know something funny? I started sewing when I was 10. I went to sewing camp and it was really then that my serious crafting career began. And I starting knitting at 15. Yep . . . been doing that for 30 years!
Even though I’ve sewn and knitted for that long, I never used doilies (or made one!) until I started crafting with Mod Podge. I put them on canvas and then I made some bowls – and so, the love affair began.
If you’ve never used doilies before because you think they are too girl-y or grandma-y, I think you should reconsider. Doilies make for beautiful decor, or gifts, or even jewelry. There are a lot more options for doily crafts than I ever realized.
Putting this collection together opened my eyes . . . and I’ve done a lot of projects with a doily front and center (both paper and fabric!).
Here are a bunch of crafts with doilies I’d love for you to check out. I made several of them, then I’ve added in some other ideas I think you will definitely want to see.
Where to Buy Doilies
My favorite places to look for fabric doilies are Dollar Tree, the cheapy bins of various stores (like the Target Dollar Spot), thrift stores, and eBay. Amazon is really good for colorful options.
For paper, I just buy them at the dollar store or Michaels. They are less expensive than the fabric, lace ones. It really depends on the craft whether or not I use paper or fabric.
Mediums to Use
You can use Mod Podge with doilies for sure – the basic formulas will work just fine. Decoupage medium will stiffen them to a certain extent. Craft glue works fine too if you are simply attaching the doily to something and not decoupaging.
However if you would really like to stiffen them (for a bowl, for example), you’ll want to use fabric stiffener. Stiffy is specifically made to harden fabrics just like the yarn and lace used to make doilies. It’s really easy to use, too.
Are you ready to get the ideas? Check out the following posts and let me know which is your favorite in the comments!
Learn how to make the cutest doily craft ideas with these tutorials! Get projects with both paper and lace doilies, from fashion to decor to gifts.
Learn how to make the cutest necklace out of a doily! One piece of advice I have for this project: it's best if you can stiffen the doily with Stiffy so that it doesn't fold up on your neck. You don't have to, but Stiffy makes it much easier to keep the necklace in place.
Even if you don't like the thought of decorating your home with doilies - how about the thought of decorating yourself? This cute color can be made for both kids and adults! Adds a beautiful touch to any outfit.
When I first saw this pillow, I thought it might be more complicated to make. Upon closer examination, it's actually a very simple, versatile pattern with some beautiful embroidery! Get Bev's free pattern and then customize it to your heart's desire.
Vanessa will show you how to applique a doily to a onesie - and her method so there's no sagging where there are no stitches. Perfect for baby shower gifts, but you can use this method with any piece of clothing.