Learn How to Upcycle Doilies the Easy Way!

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90 Minutes

Ok, some people are masters of crochet, unfortunately I'm not one of them but I absolutely love crochet! Luckily I have an upcycled doily tutorial that is a quick and easy crochet cheat!

It's super easy to upcycle vintage doilies into gorgeous garments. The textile sections at thrift and charity shops are a wealth of beautiful fabrics just waiting to be transformed into fab new items! Create a your own delightful doily top with my step by step tutorial below:

Upcycled doily

Position your doilies

Lay your loose-fitting shirt out flat, and using it as a guide, place your doilies on top to create the basic shape of your fancy, new doily top. 

Upcycled doily top

Pin your doilies 

Once your doilies are laid out, simply pin them together. Make sure you don't pin the shirt underneath.

Upcycled doily tutorial

Stitch your doilies

Now, head on over to your machine to make this upcycle doily top. Use a tight, wide zigzag stitch. This will ensure secure seams while still allowing a bit of stretch when you take the top on and off. 

Upcycled vintage doily

Create the back piece

So now that the front of your upcycled doily top is complete go ahead and create the back piece using the same method..

Assemble the upcycled vintage doily top

When the back is done, lay both pieces on top of each other with front sides facing. Then, pin the front and back pieces together. Hop on over to your sewing machine and stitch it all together. (Remember to leave the arm & head holes open)

Woohoo! Vintage doilies never looked so fab, don't you think?

A gorgeous result that no one would ever guess was not actually crocheted! This is such a fun upcycled doily tutorial, and I hope you're inspired to try making your own too ♥

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  • Doilies
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  • Marlene Marlene on Feb 25, 2022

    I Love It!! U won't find these tops in the store, n if u did, u would paying some money for them!! N u won't c her coming n going!!!!

  • Leslie Leslie on Feb 25, 2022

    If you can't find doilies at a reasonable price you can crochet them, or just make granny squares with cotton thread. If you decide to go this route make a sample and wash as you regularly would. Dry and see how much it has shrunk. Measure the sample before and after washing & drying this will give you an idea of how large to make each piece. :)

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