Do your remember the crocheted doilies your grandmother had under every knick-knack or draped on the arms of every chair? Over the years, uses for crocheted doilies have evolved into more stunning accents for your home and wardrobe, but there's no need to wait for these heirlooms to make it into your home. Simply grab some crochet thread and a hook and give these free doily patterns a try. Each pattern is made using basic crochet stitches, making them suitable for a beginner to advanced stitcher. Click on the desired pattern to download and print the instructions. You can find additional help with downloading the patterns by using this handy guide.
Scalloped Ring Doily
Create a quaint, vintage touch with this crochet doily. It is just right for dressing up little spaces on shelves and end tables.
A newbie to crochet will be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment, while a veteran stitcher will enjoy the relaxation provided by a simple, but beautiful project.
Flower Doily Motif
This is an easy doily motif that can be multiplied to make anything from dresser scarves to bedspreads.
Simply lay out your finished motifs in any arrangement and stitch the motifs together where their edges touch.
Lacy Doily Coaster
A lacy doily coaster makes a great gift or craft show item as well as a usable accent in your own home. If coasters aren't your thing, don't let that stop you. The pattern can also be used as a motif for larger doily projects.
This easy design works up quickly and is a good project for a beginner.
Other Doily Projects
If you have exhausted the traditional uses for displaying doilies, consider these ideas. You will never look at a doily in quite the same way again.
- Dream Catchers-Sandwich a large, round doily between the rings of a wooden embroidery hoop or tie the edges of a smaller doily to the rings. Add trim, beads, and feathers to embellish.
- Tablecloth-If you don't have the time or patience to crochet a whole tablecloth, sew doilies around the edges of a cloth tablecloth as a border.
- Wristlet Cuff-Use a round doily that is large enough to wrap around your wrist with a slight overlap. Sew buttons at the overlap and use the crochet stitches as buttonholes.
- Framed Artwork-Show off your expertise by displaying your doilies on the wall. Sandwich the doilies between the mat and glass of any frame that coordinates with your decor.
- Doily Bowl-Saturate a doily with liquid starch and gently squeeze out the excess. Cover the outside of a bowl with plastic wrap and turn upside down. Drape the doily over the bowl and allow to dry thoroughly. Remove the doily bowl from your bowl form.
- Necklace Pendant-Soak a small doily motif in liquid starch. Place the motif on wax paper. When dry, use jump rings to attach your stiffened doily to a necklace.
Make It Your Own
Crochet doily patterns are very versatile and easy to change. Thicker yarn and larger hooks than what the pattern calls for can easily transform your pattern into trivets, baby blankets, and rugs. Using up your scrap yarn will also create beautiful mandalas to brighten your home.