Sunday, December 11, 2011

Make a Hat with a Crochet Doily

Here'a an interesting use for vintage, or unwanted doilies ... turn them into hats.   This craft, as well as crochet pattern, is from the February 1953 issue of The Workbasket.      The first half of the pattern involves  taking existing doilies, dipping them in starch and then shaping them over a head form and attaching to a firm base.  
Liquid starch is a good adhesive, but, since this pattern was developed, Stiffy has hit the market, which would be an excellent alternative ... and, unless you soaked your hard would hold up nicely with a just a lightweight felt or medium weight fabric backing.   Stiff would also give you great versatality in using a slightly larger doily and shaping the edges different ways.    And, hope about a button or small PomPom on the top, or some beads stitched here and there.    I think this idea has a lot of potential.    

I've made a copy and set in my stack of things to experiment with.   Perhaps you'd like to give it a try as well.   

Or, don't have an extra doily to experiment with ... they included a pattern for the simple cobweb design in the above picture.  


To print, click to enlarge and then copy/paste to a word document on your hard-drive.    

If you do try this, please stop back by and let me know how it goes.  

Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie


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