Tatted doilies are a beautiful thing but people don’t do much tatting anymore. In the old days you’d rarely enter a home that didn’t have at least a few doilies lying around, protecting tables, and lending a country feel to the home. You might not know how to tat your own doilies but you can still purchase them. Dollar-theme stores and department stores often carry a variety of doilies in various sizes and colors.
It’s hard to imagine that a thin, limp piece of cloth could become a beautiful basket but it’s true. The finished basket looks lacey and elegant and has many different uses. Start with any size doily to create the basket you want.
In addition to the doily you’ll need liquid fabric stiffener. You’ll find it in store aisles that feature clothing dye and laundry treatments. The inexpensive stiffener can be used to make quite a few baskets.
Follow the instructions on the package of the stiffener to apply and dry the doily. Set the doily in the liquid for a couple of minutes, squeeze out the excess, then set the doily to dry. Before ever using the stiffener choose the form you want for the basket.
A form can be made from something like a bowl, a piece cut from a 2-liter bottle, or even a drinking glass. Turn the bowl upside-down then drape the doily, treated with the stiffener, over the bowl to dry. Smooth out any wrinkles or creases because the doily will dry exactly how you see it when it’s wet.
When the doily is dry remove it from the form and set it, right-side-up, on a table. Now you can enhance the basket in many ways. Add a handle by covering a wire with ribbon and attaching it to the doily basket. Thread satin ribbon through the holes of the doily, near the top edge, to give it an elegant look. Use paint markers, fabric paint, rubber stamping or other methods to add color and interest.
The finished doily basket can be used in the bathroom to hold soaps or wash cloths. It can be used in the kitchen to hold spice packets and small implements. Or, a girl can use it in her room to stuffed animals, make-up, hair accessories and more.
Don’t have a doily? Use a circle of cloth to make the basket! Cut the edges to have scallops or other designs then dip it in the fabric stiffener. Drape it over a bowl to dry. You’ll love the beautiful piece that can cost as little as a buck or two!