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Lovely, Pointless Decor: What’s The Big Doily?

By Natalie |

Oh, I love a good doily. Don’t you? I know you do, of course you do!

Doilies are just absolute silliness, aren’t they? A relic of generations past, that’s for sure.

It used to be that doilies were used for real life useful purposes. Can you imagine? Uses such as protecting the backs of chairs from men’s hair grease, or protecting the arms of chairs from dirty sleeves, or protecting the surfaces of natural wood from, well, from whatever.

But these days, doilies are good for . . . well, what, exactly? Nothing. Except awesomeness.

Well, I have some uses for those doilies you keep buying at thrift stores even though you don’t really know what on earth to use them for. You betcha I do! After the jump, I’ve searched the far reaches of the Internet, just for you!

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Lovely, Pointless Decor: What's The Big Doily?

Doily Shirt Anybody?

Doily, this is Shirt. It's time you've met. Use fabric glue, or good old fashioned needle and thread. Done and done.

All images via Pinterest. I’ve done my best to link to them below, but as is the nature of Pinterest, many of these only go to the blog “main page.”  I’m continuing to hunt for sources, thanks for your patience!

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Natalie Holbrook is a hopeless optimist living in a tiny apartment in New York City with her husband Brandon and her fat baby, Henry August. She blogs at Hey Natalie Jean, a love letter from her family to New York City, and where she capture all the lovely little things that make up a wonderful life. Read bio and latest posts → Read Natalie's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “Lovely, Pointless Decor: What’s The Big Doily?

  1. kp says:

    you got these pics from somewhere, so why don’t they link to/provide the source??

  2. Natalie says:

    @kp–ack! So sorry. All images are from Pinterest, ill get the sources up this evening. Thanks!

  3. this is carrie says:

    Tried to go to some of your sources. Some of the links don’t work and the others go to the main page of their blog. Can you please link to the actual post where the photo can be found?

  4. Kamila says:

    I used a bunch of doilies from the thrift store to make a large mandala, representing old age for my human development class. I used a large piece of vellum paper, and cut it into a circle (about 42″ diameter) , cut the edge around the vellum in a scallop design, then fabric glued the doilies onto it. I punched some well-place holes and cut out some shapes and allowed rips in the paper to represent old age. —–everyone was stunned silent—- it was a huge impactful beautiful thing.

  5. Rhonda says:

    i am actually in the process of making a doily cover for this rather ugly table that lives in the corner of my living room. my husband said i had to quit buying useless things unless i found a purpose for them. useless things. like there is such a thing.

  6. Emma says:

    So cute and I will definitely be trying this! I am loving the new home ec.

  7. maureen says:

    oh wow! this is how I actually package my gifts last year when we offered gift wrapping…so affordable & cute!

  8. Sarah says:

    The doily runner is from a blog called Under the Sycamore by Ashely Ann Campbell (I pretty sure that is her correct name)

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