Frugal Fun Projects - Doily
Doilies readily present their beautiful workmanship whether they are handmade or machine made. Their intricate
designs tease with wonderment about how the stitches interlock. Do you have gifts of doilies or have you purchased
them for their beauty but you haven't used them yet? Here's how to make a doily pillow that will highlight their
Let's look at the finished pillow. The first doily consists of multicolored green yarn.
Multicolored yellow yarn formed the second doily.
Frugal Fun Projects: Doily Pillow Materials and Tools:
- Two doilies of the same size (the ones shown are 8 inches in diameter) (Click here for a source for doilies.)
- Two pieces of matching or contrasting fabric as large as the doilies to make the pillow form
- Ribbon 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch wide and long enough to go around the doily shape with extra for a bow (8 inch
doily needs 32 to 36 inches of ribbon)
- Paper for template
- Thread or yarn matching the fabric
- Needle or yarn needle
- Straight pins
- Poly fiberfil
The Steps for How to Make the Frugal Fun Projects: Doily Pillow:
Cut a paper template the same size as the doilies. Here, the template is a circle 8 inches in
Pin the template to the fabric and cut around the shape.
Pin the two pieces of fabric with right sides together. Thread the needle and knot one end of the
thread. Begin sewing the two pieces of fabric together using a simple running stitch 1/4 inch from the edge.
Continue sewing around the shape until you get within 2 inches of where the stitches
began. Stop stitching but leave the needle and thread attached to the shape.
Turn the shape. The right sides will be on the outside and the seam will be on the inside.
Stuff the pillow shape with the poly fiberfil to the firmness you prefer.
To complete the seam, turn under 1/4 inch on each side of the opening, and stitch catching each side
with each stitch.
Knot the thread, hide the end thread within the pillow shape and cut the thread.
Position one of the doilies over one side of the pillow shape.
Turn both the doily and pillow shape over and place the second doily on top.
Begin weaving the ribbon through the edges of both doilies.
Keep the "stitching" as consistent as possible as you weave the ribbon through both doilies.
After completing the weave, tie a bow in the ends of the ribbon.
The opposite side shows the yellow doily.
Take a look at the finished pillow. First, the green side:
Next, the yellow side:
The doily pillow accents a chair, a couch, a window seat, a bed or wherever you want a pretty pillow. The
delicate beauty of the crocheted doilies emphasizes their surroundings.
This frugal fun project can be done easily and quickly to add a decorative touch to your home or to be given as
a pretty gift to family members or friends.
This simple project is fun, fast and rewarding for anyone to do.