Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hanging Fabric Doilies

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.

Mobile 4

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.

Mobile 2

I slipped one of the creased and stiffened fabric circles under the paperclips on each side of the doilies.

Mobile 3

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.

Mobile 1

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?

-Ta Dot in Ocean can be found here.

-The Bloom and Grow Paisley, Bloom and Grow Geometric and Love Bird are by Riley Blake, which I purchased from this shop.

-The Yellow Matisse Flowers, Matisse Still Life, and Kitchen Blossoms were from this shop.

Hope you love these as much as I do!

I'm thrilled that these made Babble.com's list of best baby mobiles for 2012!! Check them out, among the other great mobiles here. Thanks Babble!

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Anonymous May 3, 2011 at 6:28 AM  

Those are just too sweet! I'm sure they flutter about in the breeze too, how nice!

Barillafab4.blogspot.com May 3, 2011 at 6:50 AM  

LOVE it!! so fun! :)

Sweet Floweret May 3, 2011 at 9:01 AM  

Oh my gosh. This is so cute! I can't wait to make some...
I am starting my own linky party ToDaY!
It's the first one. I would love it if you would participate! It's called $10 Tuesdays and it's for things that cost less than $10 and take 20-30 mins (ish) to complete. I love inexpensive and quick projects and I'm guessing others will too ;) Thanks so much for considering.

Shirley May 3, 2011 at 9:09 AM  

These are simply beautiful!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver May 3, 2011 at 9:22 AM  

Aren't those so cute? Love the little mobile.

blessings~ Pat

Leanne May 3, 2011 at 9:47 AM  

Those are so cute. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I'm just getting into sewing a bit too.

Anonymous May 3, 2011 at 10:00 AM  

that is such a cute idea! i love how you added the extra color in the room, and it can coordinate with other things you'll make!

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} May 3, 2011 at 10:14 AM  

What a cute idea!! Love it!
I would love it if you shared this at my linky party @ {nifty thrifty things}!

Kath May 3, 2011 at 11:43 AM  

oh my goodness! I'm in love with this. I want this so bad. I will need to try it. thanks for the idea.


Melanie May 3, 2011 at 1:02 PM  

ok, um...I'm in LOVE! This is spectacular! Makes me wanna have another baby just to make one! I LOVE it! Come link up at my Tuesday Time Out party - pretty please!?!?

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Sweet Floweret May 3, 2011 at 3:18 PM  

Thanks for your link up to my 20 minute Tuesday party!
Now you need to come back and claim your FREE button pony tailer!
The first 50 people in May to follow my blog AND follow on FB and send me their address will get a freebie!
Come see!

Kari Sweeten May 3, 2011 at 11:52 PM  

Erin, this is absolutely ADORABLE! So much fun to see all the wonderful doily crafts out there!

Sweet Little Smoothie May 4, 2011 at 4:10 AM  

Sooo pretty! What a perfect use for a doily! Thanks for sharing the tutorial :)

aflowerinameadow May 4, 2011 at 5:53 AM  

so pretty xx

Etcetorize May 4, 2011 at 10:18 AM  

Wow, so pretty! I need to think of someplace else to use this idea in a "kidless" house~

Mandy Beyeler May 4, 2011 at 1:50 PM  

Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - I featured you today! - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

Jessa Smith May 4, 2011 at 5:16 PM  

I LOVE this idea - I'm getting a new niece in September and I've been given decoration privileges. I really want to do this!


Gwen @ Gwenny Penny May 4, 2011 at 8:08 PM  

These are really beautiful... love them. The baby mobile is genius. So sweet!

KaseyQ May 4, 2011 at 9:51 PM  

Oh my goodness! This is too sweet! My little girl is not enough of a girly girl for me to pull this off in her room, but I LOVE it! Would it be weird for me to hang a doily mobile over my bed? Probably.

Anyway, I saw you at Shabby Chic Cottage and I just finished my own little doily project (http://thebeautifulthriftylife.blogspot.com/2011/05/weeks-of-weddings.html) so I wanted to take a peek at yours! Lovely!!

Unknown May 4, 2011 at 11:33 PM  

erin, I love these so much. seriously, SO much! I think Piper Jane needs some for her room.
speaking of, how's the nursery coming???

Unknown May 4, 2011 at 11:34 PM  

ps- my MIL is off to scotland tomorrow. :) we're taking her to the airport. :)

Melissa May 5, 2011 at 3:14 AM  

being somewhat doilie & fabric obsessed- i LOOVE these...
so simple, fresh & lovely.....!

thanks for sharing this brilliant idea- i know what i am doing for the kiddos this week...

melissa x

Leslie May 5, 2011 at 5:40 PM  

Those are so pretty! I love the bright colors!

Heather May 5, 2011 at 9:21 PM  

My goodness, these are adorable! Think I'll be making a few to hang in the studio ;)

Krystal May 5, 2011 at 11:58 PM  

That turned out SO pretty! Love everything about it!

I just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this on Sassy Sanctuary tomorrow. Thanks!

Kara @ June & Bear May 6, 2011 at 7:15 AM  

Oh my. I just love these. So sweet. Now I need to learn how to sew.

April May 6, 2011 at 9:10 PM  

This is so lovely!

Trina M Curran May 6, 2011 at 9:26 PM  

Oh, these are so pretty! I have some vintage doilies I MUST try this with!!

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} May 7, 2011 at 2:48 PM  

Thank you so much again for sharing this at my last linky party. I will feature this at this week's {nifty thrifty sunday}!
I hope to see you there!
Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

milliemorganmedia May 8, 2011 at 9:32 AM  

This is so cute. What talent! Love your blog design as well. I am a new follower and I look forward to reading more posts. Come check out my blog and follow me too! I would appreciate it!

Wendys Hat May 9, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

Very cute! I love it!

Jen @ EmbellishingLifeEveryday May 9, 2011 at 9:43 PM  

love, love, love this!!!

Sumo @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff May 10, 2011 at 12:39 PM  

Love this! I'll be featuring it on my blog on Saturday!


Thanks for linking up!


McKinley {Haolepinos} May 10, 2011 at 3:47 PM  

I love these!!! So very cute. I once found colored doilies at Micheal's. I wonder how that would look? Seriously this is great!

I am also hosting a giveaway, I would love it if you came and stopped by:

Rowie May 11, 2011 at 5:38 PM  

oh my these are just far far to cute! love the colours you have used and they the whole look is just gorgeous ;o) thanks so much for sharing!

Emily S May 11, 2011 at 6:07 PM  

Very pretty! I love how this ties in the fabric from the bedding with other areas of the nursery. Well done!

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Karri May 11, 2011 at 10:23 PM  

They are beautiful!

Unknown May 15, 2011 at 1:51 PM  

So sweet!

Kitty B May 15, 2011 at 10:24 PM  

Just wanted you to know I love this project- and featured you this week on A Law Student's Journey!

Aimee @ SmallAnchors.com May 16, 2011 at 8:31 AM  

thanks to Kitty - i saw these lovelies on her blog and had to stop by. thanks for sharing & look forward to making them soon!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy May 25, 2011 at 3:11 PM  

This is so simple and lovely!! I just featured your post on my blog today. Here is the link:


Thanks for inspiring!

Unknown May 26, 2011 at 7:09 AM  

Absolutely adorable! I think these would be so cute hanging in my studio!

Janelle May 26, 2011 at 7:12 AM  

This is a fabulous idea! So soft and feminine and the doilies make the perfect edging these.

Megan Malmo August 23, 2011 at 4:29 PM  

I LOVE THIS! I just made some for my daughter's nursery. Thank you for the tutorial!!! <3

Here's the link to the ones I made:




Kayla and Andrew September 5, 2011 at 2:12 AM  

I'm SO glad I found your blog. I seriously love this project! It is so adorable and I love it in your daughter's nursery.

Unknown October 3, 2011 at 12:23 AM  

So cute ideas for party decoration. i love it and link to my blog. http://make-handmade.blogspot.com/2011/10/crafts-tutorial-hanging-fabric-doilies.html
thanks for sharing

Susan @ Oh My! Creative April 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM  

I love this project and featured it in a collection of Doily Projects!


Susan @ Oh My! Creative

Hoganberger January 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM  

I love this project! Could you please tell me where you got the mobile kit to attach the doilies to? Thank you so much!

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