Tutorial Tuesday- DIY Doily Fabric

I know, I know, alliteration is kind of silly, but I can’t help it!  I’ve had this project on my mind for a while now and I figured Tuesday was the perfect day for a new Tutorial ^=^.

There’s nothing more classically old-fashionedly pretty than a doily.  But I’m kinda punk rock, so I thought I’d do a little punk rock doily-ing.  If you’ve ever wanted to make your own fabric there’s never been a cheaper and easier way than this here doily tutorial.


– Doily

– Permanent marker (wide tipped is best)

– Muslin or other plain cotton fabric

Cost: free- $8 depending on which of these materials you don’t own.  Where to buy?  Try your local dollar store for doilies!

Time:  20 minutes max

Step 1.  Gather your materials and iron the fabric flat.

Step 2. Place your doily on top of the fabric and put your non-writing hand in the center to keep both in place.  Begin coloring on top of the doily, from the center, outward.  Turn with your non-writing hand as you go.  Continue all the way around the doily.

Step 3.  Trace the outside scallops on the doily with the thin part of the marker.  Wait till the ink is dry and iron.  All done!

Now what to do with your awesome doily print?  The possibilities are endless, but here are a few ideas.

Overlay multiple doilies for a distinctive fabric that can be used in any project.  Make sure to wash with warm water before sewing.

Apply iron-on vinyl, or stitch onto felt circles before cutting around the edges to make sweet coasters.

Or just use as an adorable doily!


  1. Kimmy Cupcakes says

    OMG! This is awesome!!!!!! My friend and I tried this out last night and it looks soooo punk rock. I found your blog looking for DIY doilies to see if I could make them by hand the old fashion way LOL!

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