Doily Sugar Starch

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Bonnie Young

I have quite a few doilies I have collected over the years. Some are vintage and so beautiful This is the recipe I use to stiffen them. It works great

Top Review by Dortha H.

I always wondered how that worked. In our old house there was a box of starch. The box was wooded!!! We us that for our petticoat and an open umbrella.


  1. Put sugar and water in a small pan. Over low heat cook and stir mixture constantly until it becomes clear. DO NOT LET IT BOIL! When mixture is completely clear remove from heat and cool.
  2. Next dampen the crocheted item in fresh water and pat out excess moisture with a towel. Then dip it in the cooled sugar mixture and gently squeeze out any excess liquid.
  3. If it's a doily simple lay it flat and reshape and let it dry. For a basket, take a bowl that is the desired size, turn it upside down and place the crocheted basket over the bowl to dry.

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