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Crochet Appliqué Tank Top

This crisp cotton top in a billowy silhouette is a lot more eye-catching with a colorful embellishment. The trick? We dyed a simple doily and trimmed it into smaller shapes for a crochet-inspired trim along the neckline.

Doily Shirt

Photography: Manal Aman

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our friend Manal Aman. This project has many possibilities particularly considering if you use round doilies or rectangular ones. Round doilies create great necklines for shirts where as rectangular ones can create great pockets. In addition to embellishing shirts, you can embellish tote bags, summer hats, scarfs, pillowcases and linens, and even small muslin bags for gifting jewelry.

materials

  • Cotton tank top
  • Lace doily
  • Liquid dye
  • Container for dye bath
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Spray-on fusible webbing
  • Iron
  • Rubber gloves

steps

  1. Dye doily in desired color according to package instructions. Let dry.

    Doily Shirt Step 1
  2. Cut doily as pictured to make a neckline appliqué. Here, the first two outer rings of the doily were separated from the rest of the doily. This allows enough lace to make an appliqué neckline on both the front and back of the tank top (or the fronts of two tank tops).

    Doily Shirt Step 2
  3. Once you’ve plotted out the design for your appliqué, spray fusible webbing onto the area of your cotton tank where the appliqué will go. Place the appliqué on top and iron on a high setting, making sure to place a cloth over the appliqué before ironing (or turn the tank top inside out.) (Tip: If desired, cut the doily before dying and dye the separate parts in different colors.)

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