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Project

Doily Tablecloth

A holiday dinner table evokes drifts of snow with scalloped plates, short stems of white amaryllis, and this cloth made from rows of stitched-together doilies.

Introduction

To make this tablecloth, you'll need enough same-size doilies to cover the surface of your table, with a 12-inch overhang on each of the long sides.

Resources: Doilies: 8-inch Carolina-style white, Battenburg Lace Store, 214-939-2623, and similar: 8-inch Cluny white, Lartisana, 888-676-5661.

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Materials

  • 2 textile doilies
  • Needle
  • White thread

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Working on a flat surface, lay 2 textile doilies side by side, barely touching. Using a needle and white thread, attach doilies with 3 or 4 blind stitches, knotting stitches on the reverse side. Repeat to attach additional doilies, one at a time, in a single row until the row is long enough to accommodate table width and both overhangs.

  2. Step 2

    Position another doily beside first doily in completed row; lay doilies flat to make sure there are no ripples. Attach doilies as directed in step 1.

  3. Step 3

    Lay next doily in second row. Attach it to first doily in second row and to corresponding doily in first row. Repeat to attach additional doilies, one at a time, to complete second row.

  4. Step 4

    Continue adding rows as needed until tablecloth is complete.

Reviews (3)

  • 25 Jan, 2012

    How could you clean these without them falling apart?

  • 25 Jan, 2012

    I'm going to make one of these with a little tweek, I am going to sew them on a white tablecloth with the sewing machine, then quilt around the dollies. I think I'll also add some doilies to the chair pads and covers. Also placemats...I was wondering what I was going to do with the box of doilies I was given!

  • 22 Dec, 2010

    That is so very beautiful. I would love to make this, but I guess I will have to stick to just a center piece... too broke to do a larger one. So beautiful and what a great cloth.