Try finding an Op-shop Without Doilies…
I dare ya! Doilies… beautiful but kind of pointless. Yes, they are good for putting under stuff, highlighting porcelain ornaments, or perhaps protecting a table top… but quite frankly who can be bother with having all these little bits of beautiful fabric to have to dust around and wash. Not me! This doily bunting is an idea that I came up with when my Nan passed away and I inherited a great big collection of beautiful doilies that I had no use for. There are loads of this style of bunting getting around on Pinterest but to be totally honest the idea to use my doily collection like this just popped into my head one day a few years back. What better time than National Op-Shop Week to share my take on Doily Bunting.
What you will need
- Doilies (mine uses four doilies)
- A strip of fabric around 16cm wide, length depends on how long you want to make your bunting and how many doily flags you want to add, mine is around 3.5 meters long.
- A Sewing Machine
- An Iron and Ironing board
How to Do It
Cut your doilies in half. Be careful while handling the halved doilies as you don’t want them unravelling. Once you have cut them in half put them off to one side where they wont’t get played with by pets, children, or other curious onlookers.
Get your strip of fabric and put it on your ironing board. Fold the entire length in half and iron a crease in it. Open it out, place the crease side down (like a book open for reading) and fold your long edges in around 1.5cm ironing them as you go. Finally, fold the short edges in around 1.5cm creating neat little folds on the corners. The aim of this step is to get all the raw edges on the inside of your sewing without having to do much on your machine. This is bunting for lazy folk who prefer ironing over hemming.
When you fold the whole thing in half again it should create a neat little pocket without any exposed raw edges. This little pocket will be where you insert your doilies to make your bunting. Feel free to iron the entire length again if you want to make sure everything is perfectly flat for the following step.
Lay your length of ironed fabric out on a flat surface, the floor usually works best. From here you can start sliding your halved doilies into the pocket you have neatly ironed in the previous step. My doilies are tucked in around 3cm to make sure they are nice and secure. You can space your doilies as close together or as far apart as you like. Mine are about 10cm apart. Once you have worked out what look you want pining the doilies in place and continue to pin the whole length of fabric so it is secure for sewing. If you pin every 5 cm or so it should keep everything safely secured and make sure that no raw edges slip out while you are sewing.
The final step (and the only sewing step) is to sew your pocket closed to secure your doilies. Stick to sewing a seam around 1cm or less as your raw edges are folded in on 1.5cm on the inside and you want to make sure you catch them all (the.5cm allows for a little bit of movement). I have only sewn around the open sides of my bunting but if you wanted to you could sew a decorative line of stitching across the top. Now all you have to do is work out where the heck you want to display your brilliant handiwork!
What I Use My Bunting For.
My bunting has been used for decoration over windows, at clothing swaps, for photoshoots, as decoration at market stalls….the list goes on. Bunting makes for a nice housewarming present (I have opted for this when gift giving in the past), and it would also make for a very personal addition to a wedding. The thing I like the most about using my doilies as bunting is that I don’t have to lift them for dusting tables, they don’t float aimlessly around the cupboard taking up space, and when they get dirty I throw them in the washing machine. Easy Nanna chic!
Let us know if you take on this DIY project.
Would love to see the results!