How Do You Stiffen Doilies?

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Stiffen a doily using a simple homemade recipe of sugar water. This takes only a few minutes plus drying time. You need sugar, water, a saucepan, a measuring cup, needles, towels and a whisk.

  1. Make the sugar water

    Mix together 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan. Heat the mixture on low, keeping it to a simmer. Stir regularly until the sugar water turns clear in color. Remove the saucepan, and turn off the stove. Let the solution cool until it reaches room temperature.

  2. Dip the doily in hot water

    Fill a sink with hot water, and lay out a towel. Dip the doily in the hot water and place it on the towel. Dry the doily by rolling it up in the towel. Avoid wringing out or stretching the fabric.

  3. Submerge the doily in the sugar water mixture

    Submerge the doily into the sugar water for a couple of minutes to allow it to soak up the solution. Remove the doily and gently squeeze out excess water.

  4. Dry the doily

    Lay the doily on a towel. Make sure to remove any wrinkles or folds so that it dries flat. Fasten the doily to the towel with needles in order to prevent it from shrinking during the drying process.