February 18, 2012


While browsing for DIY ideas, I came across a few collar projects, but they all involved sewing doilies to your shirt/dress, cutting the collar from old shirts or crocheting your own neck candy. Therefore, I decided to make my own DIY tutorial on how to make a detachable collar out of old doilies I found at a thrift store for 1$ apiece. Since it's detachable, this kind of collar doesn't involve commitment: you can wear it with any of your dresses or tops. Plus, you don't need mad sewing skills (unless you're particularly rough with your lace/crochet accessories! In this case, I would recommend sewing the edges so they won't fray!).

Approx. cost: 1$
Total time: about 10 minutes
Cleaning & caring: hand-wash with gentle soap (and you do it by hand! not in the machine! ;))

Gather your stuff. You will need a doily, needle & thread, some sharp scissors, a piece of embroidery thread and a pearl (or tiny, cute button). Doilies are super easy to find at thrift stores, but you could beg your grandma to give you one of hers or get one from a dollar store (I'm pretty sure they sell some!). The size of your doily depends on the type of shirt you want to wear it with. I picked a small one, since I will mostly wear it with round-collared shirts with a high neckline. Larger doilies work best with lower necklines. It's up to you! Since the finished piece is very delicate, I strongly recommend washing your chosen doily first so you won't have to do it once it's cut and more fragile.

Make an incision (just a straight line) on the side of the doily and carefully cut out the center. If you want to make some kind of alteration to the edges (you could sew a velvet band or add some ribbon), this would me the moment to do it. I usually leave the doily as-is and it doesn't fray. Unless you're always pulling and touching your collar, it won't destroy itself. Just be careful when handling it! Haha

Sew the pearl on one side. This will be the collar's button!

Cut a small piece of embroidery thread, make a loop and twist the ends. Sew it on the other side.

Now you have a pearl on one side and a loop on the other. Put the collar around your neck, attach it and admire your creation :)

 You can wear it as a Peter Pan collar, with the little pearl showing...

... or turn it around and wear it as a circle collar, my favourite way to wear it!

If you make your own, be sure to drop me a line.
I'd love to see your creation! :)

Have a good weekend!


  1. Ok, this is just the cutest thing ever! I adore lacy collars and had been looking everywhere for one. I never considered making my own.

    Thank you so much for the inspiration. I think I'll try this very soon!



  2. Once again, I LOVE this. too cute.

    found the route

  3. It looks lovely! I'm totally doing it <3 thanks!


  4. This is such a great idea! I'm so going to give it a go. Love your blog.

  5. Nice DIY! Such a sweet and dainty touch.

  6. That's genius. =] I've got to try this!


  7. pretty

  8. great tutorial, I must try that! :)

  9. This is such a great idea!! I'm totally going to do this!

  10. wow! this is such a great idea that requires very little work which is always good!! will definitely be trying this out and following your blog! x

  11. This is so cool I think I'll try it soon !! But I wonder how did you sew the pearl ? It seems to be quite hard !

  12. That is beautiful! I'm going to have to try this.

    I just came across your blog and I'm now a follower. =)
    Glad to have found your blog! And, your blog design has a very relaxing, creative, and welcoming look about it.


  13. This is so cute and such a good idea!

    I also LOVE your blog! I'm your newest follower for sure. :)

  14. Well, I just made mine with a few changes! All in all pretty happy with the result. Thankyou!

  15. Anonymous12/03/2012

    wont the doily unravle?

  16. Wonderful tutorial! The collar looks so cute! I'll be sure to try this out soon!

  17. Love love love, I will never again just pass by one of those crochet things at the thrist store!! Thanks for an amazing idea :)
    I reconstructed an old turtleneck into a top with lace panels and a peter pan collar, pleaee have a look at: http://whatscraftdoc.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/diy-from-turtleneck-to-lace-panels-top.html

  18. Wow this is so pretty and easy to make (at least you make it seem easy) I love it!

  19. Awesome! I came across your page while looking for things to do with a bunch of lace and doilies I saved from a garbage bin. I hope mine will turn out as nicely as yours!

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