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Crochet Appliqué Gift Bags

These muslin drawstring pouches are much more eye-catching with a colorful embellishment. The trick? We dyed a simple doily, and gave it a few snips here and there, for a crochet-inspired appliqué.

Doily Mini Bags

Photography: Manal Aman

Source: Martha Stewart


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 gift bags, you can embellish shirts, tote bags, summer hats, scarfs, pillowcases and linens.


  • Muslin drawstring pouches
  • Lace doilies
  • Liquid dye
  • Container for dye bath
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Spray-on fusible webbing
  • Iron
  • Rubber gloves


  1. Dye doily in desired color according to package instructions; let dry completely.
  2. Use embroidery scissors to cut doily as pictured, making flowers and three leaf-like shapes.
  3. Once you’ve plotted out the design for your appliqué, spray fusible webbing onto the bag. 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 bag inside out.) (Tip: If desired, cut the doily before dying and dye the separate parts in different colors.)

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