DIY Summer T-Shirt Series: Add a Lace Doily


Believe it or not, lace doilies actually have a rich history and played a role in everyday life for over a hundred years. But not many homes display these incredibly intricate pieces of art anymore. Why not unearth your grannie’s doilies and show off her handiwork on the back of your summer t-shirt. She would be delighted, I’m sure!


I’d love it if you’d click here for the rest of the tutorial and enter for your chance to win this shirt by leaving a comment. The winner will be announced on Saturday, August 2.

And congratulations to Susan Martin! You are the winner of the Peplum T Shirt. Send your address to and I’ll send it out to you ASAP.

Now I’m off to work on the new sewing studio again.

Sneak Peeks coming soon……


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I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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36 Responses to DIY Summer T-Shirt Series: Add a Lace Doily

  1. Kim says:

    Very pretty! I have lots of doilies that I inherited. I will definitely give this a whirl. Hmm, would look great on a pillow as well! New projects for me! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Marilyn says:

    That is amazing! I have doilies that I’ve used throughout the years in my house, I can’t wait to try this.

    • I’ve got many of my grandmother’s doilies as well. I used to display them in the house but not so much anymore. I’ve been wanting to do something with them for so long. I’m so glad you’re going to try this, too. Have fun!

  3. darlene macdonald says:

    This is so beautiful! What a wonderful way to display those intricate lace doilies. One of my sisters makes them as easily as I do sewing. Now I can throw one on a t-shirt and brag about her!! Thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

  4. Peggy Frankovich says:

    I love your tutorials. You have such great ideas and this one is simple and so pretty….yet I never thought of doing it….but I will now.

  5. Nena says:

    The doily is beautiful but it’s not crochet. It is either machine made to look like or it is handmade bobbin lace. Without seeing the back side to see travel threads, don’t know which but it is lovely!

    And yes, it is nice to get the lovely things out of drawers and closets using them as was intended. Too many things have been “saved for company” and never used and enjoyed by the maker or owner. Use and enjoy!

  6. Gaye Young says:

    This is beautiful Beth !!! Love it 🙂 Gaye

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  7. Anonymous says:

    this is so lovely! Nice to have a new idea for doilies. Thank you for your creativity!

  8. Ronnie Sew Loca says:

    That’s a pretty tshirt refashion idea. I was just wondering about dyeing the doily and apply it to a white or light colored shirt. That would look interesting!

  9. Chery Thomson says:

    I have done this many times over the years on cotton T’s and dresses. I like to use battenburg lace if I have one. You can also cout out the background knit if placed in back or a small piece on sleeves. I would label this very easy project. I would place an interfacing behind for positioning and then remove it later. I have used a small zip-zag or one or a decorative stitch.

  10. Joanie says:

    Great idea to bring in vintage with current and wearable! I have put lace around the neck and on the front to cover set in stains. Never gave it a thought to put lace on the back. Cool!

  11. Stephanie Mansdoerfer says:

    I had a heart shaped lace placemat that I stitched on the front of a white t-shirt years ago. I always got compliments on it and loved it! I never thought about sewing one on the back, but I love the idea. Thanks for your generous spirit of sharing!

  12. So delicate and pretty!!

  13. I love it! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post that links to your tutorial:

  14. What a gorgeous upgrade to a t-shirt! So simple but so beautiful!

  15. Holly says:

    Remind me where your ‘family” castle is in Scotland. We’ll be in Scotland in August & as I remember your castle is in the area we’ll be traveling. I’m going to take a doily t shirt so we can take pictures.

  16. C. GETLER says:

    this is so pretty!!!

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  18. Laura Lucci says:

    I’m so glad to see this. I inherited a bunch of doilies from my grandma and have been wanting to do something like this. Thanks.

  19. Megan says:

    Many of your tutorials have been removed from the ehow website! 😦 Could you add in the videos or step-by-steps to the original pages please?

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