After sharing with you my crocheted mandala stool cover last week, I got to work trying to figure out an actual pattern, as I crocheted it without a plan. And what do you know, I ended up with something that looks more like a doily than a stool cover, which go me thinking about all the great ways one can really use a beautiful crocheted mandala as is. So here goes:
11 Great Ways To Use A Mandala Doily
- Turn it into a great looking (mostly decorative) bowl by stiffening it with the stiffener of your choice and laying over a bowl to dry. Check out my crocheted doily bowl.
- Turn that bowl upside down, and voila, you've got yourself a lampshade!
- Sew it onto a pillow, as an applique, for a wonderful addition to your bed or couch.
- Stiffen it and hang it on the wall as art, maybe even hang a few feathers from it for a fun dream-catcher look.
- Sew it onto the front of a sweatshirt or t-shirt for a great fashionable look, especially cute for kids.
- Sew it to a solid colored baby blanket (fleece, flannel, cotton quilted) for a more resilient, yet still handmade with love, version of a crocheted baby blanket.
- Thread a string around the last row, gather and use as a stool cover.
- Sew a piece of netting to the back, line the edge with heavy beads or fishing weights, and use as bowl cover for summer picnics.
- Put it in a bag with the rest of the things you've crocheted that have no apparent use, who knows what the future holds?
- Take a great picture of it, and then unravel it and reuse the yarn, yes really, I have certainly done that!
And now, number 11, drum roll please: Use it as a doily, now isn't that original?