Dyed Vintage Doily Table Runner
My grandmas' and great-grandmas' fingers worked countless hours to make these doilies to add beauty to their homes. They were yellowed and coffee-stained, sitting in a drawer at my parents' house. My mom offered them to me to re-purpose.
I LOVE seeing their beautiful handiwork highlighted and revived in my Dyed Vintage Doily Table Runner.
YOU WILL NEED:
Large trays/cookie sheets
Squirt bottles/ Mixing bottles
Mix your dyes in squirt bottles according to package directions. If some of your doilies are made of synthetic fibers, add a little vinegar to your dye for color sustainability.
Lay out your doilies on trays. Large ones can be folded in half to fit. I recommend taking everything outside. It was raining throughout this project, but I didn't let it stop me!
One color at a time, slowly squirt the dye on layers of the doily designs. This part was super exciting for me. I loved how the color contrasts really made the beautiful designs of my grandmothers' handiwork come to life!
Don't worry about the colors bleeding into each other. That should happen. It will soften up the look of the final product.
Gently squeeze out excess dye from each doily and place them in individual baggies. Let them sit for 4-8 hours (depending on how bold you want your colors).
This was an exciting load of laundry to remove from the dryer!
Remove the doilies from the bags straight into your washing machine. Wash with a little detergent and cold water on a gentle cycle. I threw a couple of old towels in with mine as "padding" for the roughness of the machine's agitator. Tumble dry on low. Remove and iron. I used spray starch to stiffen mine up a bit.
Lay out your doilies and decide how you want to arrange them for your table runner. I ended up not using 2 of mine. They may become pillows in the future.
Pin pieces and sew. If you look closely, you can see my straight pins holding together the pieces.
Use a ziz-zag stitch in coordinating thread to sew the pieces together. It will be virtually invisible in the finished product. I ironed it one more time after sewing.
- Doilies (Heirloom; or Amazon.com (http://amzn.to/2nqqXxX))
- Fabric Dye Kits (Department store or Amazon (http://amzn.to/2n7WAPp))
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