Creating a table runner made from pieced together crocheted and lace doilies has been on my to-do list for as long as I can remember. I always assumed I’d create one in whites and neutrals, as most doilies come in varying shades of cream.
And then I started buying the occasional colorful doily- pinks, blues, yellows, greens… I actually bought them simply because they were pretty! I never intended on using them for a runner.
But as the cold, rainy days of winter dragged on, I craved some color and anything that says “Spring”…so the concept of a colorful, mismatched doily table runner was born! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Creating the Doily Table Runner
First step, admit that I have a problem and gather all of my doilies.
And maybe it’s not SUCH a big problem if I actually use them in projects, right??
I started laying out the doilies in a runner shape/pattern- and in my true “wabi sabi” approach to life, I kept things somewhat asymmetrical, and perfectly imperfect.
I followed the directions and dyed three sets of doilies- and look at them, they’re like pretty little blooms! Well, pretty little blooms that need a good ironing!
I pieced my runner back together and attached them together…then it was time to break out the needle and thread! I quickly whip stitched the doilies together here and there- not along the entire edge or anything crazy! Just enough to keep them in place and connected to each other. And you know what?
I LOVE IT.
So fresh, so pretty- even Jon likes it! And double-bonus, my stash of doilies has dwindled!! Of course, I’ll restock it over time.