Crafts tutorial: Hanging Fabric Doilies

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Since learning to sew a few months ago so I have been thrilled to enter the vast world of incredible fabric!! Among the many projects that I have taken on for my daughter and her nursery is a fun puff quilt, and I just loved squeezing as many tiny pieces of beautiful fabric together as possible on it. There was no need to restrain myself among the fabric gorgeousness, and I barely did! But after spending entirely too much time researching, shopping for and ordering fabric, I realized that I wanted a more permanent way to display the collection in her nursery than just the quilt.
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So I came up with these Hanging Fabric Doilies. Aren't they sweet?!
Want to see the details? Read on!
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I started off with 6 inch and 4 inch paper doilies. I cut off the lace edges and used the center circles as templates to cut out my fabric circles.
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I mixed equal parts of fabric stiffener and water, brushed it onto the circles and let them air dry.
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They dry a bit wrinkly, so I ironed them flat on a low heat setting, then folded them in half and ironed down the crease.
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I took 2 doilies, folded those in half as well, and paper clipped them together so that they wouldn't shift while I was sewing them.
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I slipped one of the creased and stiffened fabric circles under the paperclips on each side of the doilies.
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I then sewed a straight stitch down the center of the doilies and fabric circles, using my creases as a guide, and left a 3 foot long string at one end.
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Now I was really getting excited! I wanted my fabric circles to lay flat against the doilies, so I used a thin squiggle of hot glue to secure them in place.
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I opened up the folded sides of the doilies and glued 2 coordinating fabric circles onto those as well.
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You could leave the alternating sides blank, but since this is for a nursery I wanted alternating colors to best keep the baby's interest.
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I made several fabric doilies in different sizes and pattern combinations, and hung them from the ceiling above the rocking chair.
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I also made five of the 4 inch fabric doilies and strung them onto the frame from my son's old mobile.
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It was the perfect way to spread the fabric around the room, add some pops of color, and still leave a light touch.
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I just love the sweet detail on the doilies and the bursts of color are just too fun!
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Curious about the fabrics?