Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

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


  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.


Most Helpful

Love this! Thank you so much. My grandmother also used this technique, and I remember as a child wanting something sweet, but being denied, so I would go around her house and suck on the doilies to satisfy my sweet tooth! LOL Hey, I was young - 14 or so (I was actually four or five! LOL)

Kimberly S. November 28, 2016

I love doilies! I have a vague memory of Mother and Grandmother stiffening them with sugar but I didn't remember how they did it. Thank you so much!!

Aunt Tess 1 January 27, 2014

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