DIY doily cushions

i had a few doilies left from my wedding Cheiz (a selection of textiles and other from grannie) and thought I’d put them into good use. got mum to help me with the sewing machine and turned them into lovely cushions for my pallet couch.


another DIY doily project was my headboard panel.

check out all my DIYs.


DIY Headboard Doily Panel

Cheiz (чеиз) is a load of clothes and other home textile that the bride takes to her new home after the wedding. a long lived Bulgarian tradition. not many brides nowadays have one. or at least they don’t think of it as Cheiz. it’s a little too old-fashioned. but not for me. I got an assembly of old shirts, doilies, rugs, socks and others that belonged to my grandma. oh, the joy! 

then I start thinking how do I make best use of all this in my new home. doilies first. I saw this cool idea a few months ago and thought I love doilies!

what I did with mine turned into these panels that we placed instead of a headboard above our bed. which is still only a mattress on the floor.

what you need:

  • a selection of doilies
  • textile dye. I got this in blue
  • picture frame. 2 in my case
  • a little snack to help you get through it

follow the instructions. below is what I did, following what my pack of dye said.

1. soak the doilies into boiling water and add the dye.

2. take them out in about 30 mins. I took mine out at different times so they have different shades.

3. get your husband to help. it’s a great way of spending time together, doing something fun ((:

4. hang them to dry

5. enjoy life meanwhile (:

6. arrange the doilies on a contrasting background with the size of your frame. white in my case.

7. I had chosen matching doilies and arranged my second panel mirroring the first one. I had mum helping at this stage. she’s smart and fun.

now we only need a simple bed to raise that mattress up a little. but I don’t need to worry about a headboard.

we’re aiming for a mediterraneo look of our bedroom (on a tight budget). I’ll take pics and share them when we finish it.

hope you liked this! I did it 2 days before my wedding to channel the stress and it worked for me.

now, when you get married and ask your granny for Cheiz!