How to Starch Doilies for Furniture

By on June 14, 2013 in Furniture with 0 Comments

Doilies can add a finishing touch to furniture and tables, and even make lovely gifts.  In order to keep doilies looking great and new, the special trick is in the searching. In the 1800s, starch, which is refined corn,  was first developed.

When diluted in water, the starch has the ability to stiffen fabric. It makes a helpful household staple, especially when stiffening doilies and linens. Making homemade liquid starch is economical and also eco-friendly, rather than using a spray starch that contains many additional chemicals.

Create a custom desired stiffness for the doilies by making it yourself and thus it allows for adjustments to the mixture. There are several ways to starch doilies for the furniture. Let’s check this out!

How to Shape Doilies like Grandma

How to Shape Doilies like Grandma

How to Starch Doilies for Furniture:

All the things you will need

  • Powdered starch
  • Dish detergent
  • Wooden spoon
  • Pot
  • Iron
  • Towel

How to Starch Doilies for Furniture:


  • Use dish detergent and warm tap water to wash the doily. It is recommended to avoid overly scented detergents and abrasive cleaners. Even in an effort to remove any stains, it is wise to avoid using abrasive cleaners. While it is soapy and warm, simply press it between your fingers.
  • After laying the doily on a flat surface, push it gently until it flat. Before rinsing the doily in cold tap water, leave it in this position for at least 15 seconds. Be sure also to repeat the flattening step, if you feel it needs another round of washing. It can help prevent over-stressing of the fibers.
  • Fill a cooking pot with 2 ½ cups of cold tap water. Pour one cup of powder starch into it. Use a wooden spoon to stir the solution until it dissolved.

How to Starch Doilies

  • Use very low heat to heat the starch solution. Do not allow the solution to boil, however, it is important to make sure the starch is dissolved. Remove the solution from the heat and leave it until it is at room temperature and the solution is completely clear and free of granules.
  • Between the folds of a clean absorbent towel, place the doily. Remove any excess moisture by pushing on the surface. It is necessary to avoid excess pressure. It is sufficient just to gently dab.
  • Before laying the doily on a flat surface to dry, you should dip it into the cooled starch solution. While drying, make sure the doily is shaped correctly.
  • In order to seal the starch mixture into the fabric, press a warm iron over both sides of the doily.



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