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DIY doily t-shirt

Ever wondered what to do with all those vintage crochet doilies you seem to keep acquiring from charity shops? This lightning quick lace insertion DIY will show you how to transform an old t-shirt for a sexy, laid back, Summer style.

You will need:

  • an old t-shirt
  • a crochet doily (not the paper kind!!)
  • pins
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • matching thread

Step 1

Lay your t-shirt flat and decide where you want to position your doily (you could be quite daring here...). Pin into place.

Step 2

Using a wide zigzag stitch, carefully stitch two rows around the edge of the doily, remembering to backstitch at the start and finish of each round (for the sake of this tutorial we used red thread in the bobbin to show how it will look on the inside, obviously you will be using a thread that matches your tee!).

Step 3

Now very carefully cut out the fabric inside the stitching lines to reveal your doily!

And that's it! Now pull on some faded cut-offs, a pair of cowboy boots and set your time machine to 1969...

x Elisalex

Comments on this post (16)

  • Dec 31, 2014

    excellent tutorial if you ever need blank plain t shirt we have at

    — Fernando

  • Jul 18, 2014

    8vwx6f Thanks for the article post. Really Great.

    — cheap backlinks

  • Oct 29, 2012

    Reblogged this on Dawn Ford Post.

    — dawnbmfordo

  • Jan 06, 2013

    Hi! I’ve given you some link love at, since your DIY was one of my Top 10 DIYs from other bloggers :) wish I thought of this Tee DIY!


    — Jennah

  • Jan 07, 2013

    Thank you so much! Very honoured to be featured.

    — byhandlondon

  • Jun 27, 2012

    Do it!! :)

    — byhandlondon

  • Jun 27, 2012

    This is such a sweet idea, I love how you transformed dull white T and made it fabulous!

    — Erika

  • Jun 27, 2012

    Gorgeous! I love how you put the design on the back. I’ve seen doily flowers used around the neckline but never like this. It looks very classy.

    — Blank T-Shirts

  • Jun 26, 2012

    Hi Sarah, we just used a pair of sharp fabric scissors and very carefully snipped into the t-shirt fabric (lifting it slightly to pull it up and away from the doily), then just snipped near the lines of stitching, always being careful not to cut the doily.

    Hope this helps!

    — byhandlondon

  • Jun 27, 2012

    this is super!
    I live in romania and it’s literally full of doilies. I may try to start a doily revolution..


  • Jun 22, 2012

    this is so cute! I love that your re-using every day things and old clothes to make something new!

    — punkmik

  • Jun 22, 2012

    :) repurposing is the way to go!

    — byhandlondon

  • Jun 25, 2012

    What a cool idea! So many possibilities!

    — nikki

  • Jun 26, 2012

    Does anyone know of the best tool to cut the fabric out without cutting through the doily?

    — Sarah

  • Jun 22, 2012

    What a cute idea! I love doilies, so this is great =D

    — 7cakes

  • Jun 22, 2012

    Thank you! I know, I’m totally holding back from doily-fying every tee in my wardrobe!

    — byhandlondon

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