Doily Banners: How To

This project was lots of fun and very simple to execute. I had been looking at doilies on Etsy to order as a base for our centerpieces when I came across this:


Image via therufflyowl on Etsy

This seemed like such a cute, simple idea. It would look nice on a gift table, or cake table, or candy buffet, or anywhere, really! I was convinced I could make one for less than the $18 they were asking for this.

Step one: Obtain supplies. These include double-fold bias tape, sewing machine, paper doilies, scissors.


I may have gone a little overboard. I ordered 250 doilies. I used 27.5 for this project…oops.

Step two: Fold all doilies in half like so.


Notice all of the “snow” generated by these little doilies. (Please, don’t notice the messy craft table!)


Step three: Cut along the fold. Don’t worry about it being perfect—no one will see this part.


Sorry for the awkward angle—it is hard to get a decent photo of yourself cutting.

Step four: After cutting all the doilies, tuck them into the bias tape. Because I am lazy and hate few things more than pinning, I just did this as I went.


As a side note, Mr. Aardvark got me that sewing table last Valentine’s Day. <3

Step five: Sew along the bias tape.



Yes, there are corny vending-machine stickers on my sewing machine…I got it when I was 13 and thought that was “cool.”

That’s about it. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. If you are super observant, you noticed I have gray thread in my machine. I could not find green and figured gray was one of our colors too…also then I would not have to change it when I switched to navy blue. Would you like to see the finished product?



I think the contrast stitching looks cute! And it’s mostly straight.

And the blue:


Gray stitching was for sure the way to go!

So there you have it. I now have six yards of these lovelies. I may make more (as I have about 232 doilies left). I will just need to pick up more bias tape. And how much did this cost?

The bias tape was $3 per pack. I also purchased 250 doilies for $10. So I came in at 16 bucks spent…not too much cheaper…but I still have lots of doilies, and I did not have to pay shipping. The whole thing took me about 45 minutes.

Now, since the wedding is still more than six months away, I had to find a safe way to store these.


I folded them accordion style and put them in an old card box. Can’t wait to take them out and string them up at Arcadia!

Have you had any projects that came out easier than you thought?

*All photos personal unless otherwise noted.


Mrs. Aardvark

Beaver Dam, WI
Wedding Date:
April 2012
Tracking the Light
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  1. parasol Bee
    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:13 pm

    As a major lover of bunting, I approve of this project!

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