Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Customising Clothes With Doilies


My local charity shop used to have a basket full of doilies, of all shapes and sizes, for 20p each. When I thought up some ideas for making use of them a few months ago and went to stock up, the basket was gone, and a rather... direct, shall we say, lady informed me that they hadn't been selling, so they had been 'moved on'. One heartbroken Anna.

A couple of weeks ago, much to my surprise, the basket returned! The contents were different, but this time I was determined to show there was demand and I snapped up a large pile of the beauties. Finally, I've got round to customising some clothes in need of sprucing up.











I'm afraid it wasn't really the weather for frolicking around outdoors without a coat on (and hat, and gloves...) so I don't think I've shown the skirt in the best light, it being more of an outfit for a mild spring day. Anyway, my customising took me one Creatives Unite session and hey presto, there's life in these threads yet.

What do you use doilies for?




15 comments:

  1. I remember you did a blog post about a year ago on uses for doilies, with customising clothes being one of them, so I always look out for them in charity shops! I've now found a little charity shop which sells them so will be stocking up pronto.

    I love that skirt - I love boho 70s style peasant skirts and tops for summer - and the doilies really complement it. Cute idea to embellish the pockets of your cardi too, so simple but makes so much difference!

    xxx

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  2. Fabulous use of doilies - especially like the skirt it is very pretty.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  3. Love this idea, it's just up my street! And there I was, convinced you were going to be making a tablecloth from your doilies!! Xx

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  4. I love the cardigan pockets! Might just have to borrow this idea and pray I don't sew the pockets closed :o)

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  5. Lucky doilies ... rescued and recycled. They look great! M x

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  6. You will soon be making your own!!!

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  7. I love customising my clothes, this I'd a cool idea.
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  8. Fluffy_duckling20 March 2013 22:25

    Ooh excited by your post...up cycling and customising one of my favourite things! I'm inspired to hunt out doilies ( or crochet my own!) and refresh some of my wardrobe :-)

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  9. I have put them on lingerie bags & also drawstring bags ( I call them dilly bags ) looks cute love the way you have used them :)

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  10. Beautiful idea, and very flattering on you! You did a great job!

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  11. Handmade doilies are labours of love in themselves, I like the idea that they have been given a new life on the hem of a lovely skirt!

    Jem xXx

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  12. What an absolutely fantastic use for pretty doilies! :-)
    Carly
    x

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  13. This is a lovely, lovely idea and looks fantastic! I love the photos too (apart from the fact that I am shivering for you without a coat on!)

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  14. I love this! What a fabulous idea. I am totally going to stalk my local charity shops for doilies now. I really like the ones on the pockets of the navy cardigan. x

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  15. Totally love the skirt :) great idea

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