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Favorite no-sew bunting with vintage fabrics

Written by contributor Melissa Camara Wilkins.

I’m always a little bit hesitant about crafting with vintage linens. It’s not that I don’t want them on display, it’s just that I’m nervous about cutting into them. (What if they unravel? What if Something Goes Wrong?!)

It’s kind of a silly fear, I realize. I’m working on it. In the meantime, here’s my favorite no-sew, no-cut bunting technique for vintage linens!

I used doilies, but vintage napkins or handkerchiefs would work just as well.

Doilies can be old-fashioned or even fussy, it’s true. But paired with a solid, bright colored background, the vibe is much more contemporary.

What to do:

1. Fold your clean linens in half, and iron them flat. For doilies, this makes a semicircle. For napkins or handkerchiefs, fold corner to corner to make triangles.

2. Hang a length of ribbon up to be the base for your bunting. I chose an orange ribbon to contrast with both the doilies and the walls.

3. Lay your linens over your ribbon, arranging in whatever order you like. I put my bigger doilies toward the middle so they wouldn’t slide down over my smaller ones, but that hasn’t actually been a problem; everything stays put just where I placed it.

No cutting, no sewing, and those linens are on display in no time!

Tips & tricks:

  • If you don’t crochet (hello, that would be me) and don’t have a stash of antique linens (me again), doilies can be found at thrift stores, or at etsy sellers like this one.
  • A ribbon worked well to hold up my larger doilies (the largest one up there is about 14” across). If I wanted to make this kind of bunting out of only smaller doilies, I would try using a length of pearl cotton instead.
  • Thinner, cotton doilies work best here. Thicker doilies made with acrylic yarns won’t want to hold that crease down the middle.
  • Some doilies are more rounded, others more pointy. Sticking with one shape or the other will lend your bunting a more cohesive look.
  • Since only half the doily will show, don’t worry about small stains or imperfections—just put those on the back.

Need more bunting ideas? I keep a Pinterest board of other garlands and buntings right here, and I have a tutorial for a no-sew Valentine’s Day garland on my blog this week, too.

What do you think? Would you try a no-sew bunting for fabrics? Are you braver than I am when it comes to cutting into vintage fabrics? And do you have other doily décor suggestions?

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  1. Southern Gal

    Love this! I have a few doilies out on tables, but I have a whole stash that need to see some daylight. I’m going to get them out today and put them on display. Thanks for the idea!

    • Melissa

      I love when stored goodies can be pulled out and used, don’t you? 🙂

  2. Breanne

    I love this idea! My sister in law used it at her vintage themed wedding and I’ve been on the hunt for doilies ever since. Thanks for the nudge to the Etsy sellers!

    • Melissa

      Glad I could help! I had great luck filling in my collection via etsy. I hope you find something you love. 🙂

  3. Zipporah Bird

    Oh, my but this is charming! Vintage, but without overstepping my minimalist side.

    • Melissa

      Thanks, Zipporah Bird! Those were my thoughts exactly, vintage but still on the minimalist end of the spectrum. I think it works! 🙂

  4. Natalie

    I love this! What a simple and great idea. I know the perfect spot for one in my house. I will be hitting up value village this week to find some beautiful doilies.

  5. charmingdate

    Nice to be here and see your post! Thank you for sharing so much!

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