Vintage Sugar Bowl Beaded Doily

Vintage Sugar Bowl Beaded Doily

Make a vintage style sugar bowl cover to keep flies out of the bowl. Use beads or earrings to create this nostalgic look.

What you need

Assortment of beads or beaded earrings
Needle and thread


This craft project is a little on the kitsch side of crafts but it’s quick to make and actually very practical, especially if you live in a fly or bug zone.

You can make your own doily or you can embellish a store bought cloth doily.

Glass beads and crystals look elegant and beautiful but you can utilize any arrangement of beads you have available to you.


You can purchase cheap beaded dangle earrings and simply loop the ear hook into the doily and press the loop close.

Start by threading the beads onto a length of strong cotton, fishing line or embroidery thread. Make a length of 5-6 beads and then sew it onto the doily as shown.

Alternate your strands with single beads for a traditional look.

These beaded doily’s can be made in bigger sizes to cover food bowls for picnics or BBQ’s.


  1. These are actually very popular as wine glass or drink covers for picnics or sitting outside. In Florida we have tiny biting gnats called “no-see-ums” that will get in your drink if not covered. They are a nice gift.

  2. These have actually been used for centuries because they are useful-making them pretty came later. These are actually making a come-back-I’ve seen several variations in a few catalogs. I picked up a few vintage doilies at a garage sale, not know what in the world I’d do with them. Now I know, and just in time for picnic season! Very cute and EASY project.

  3. This is a cute and original project don’t listen to what other nasty people say they’ll hurt your feelings just believe in your self and as if any nasty people could do that I reckon that’s so pretty I am doing it for my next b/day!!!

  4. It’s so nice to see someone else with this idea. I used to do them for the Mother’s Day stalls at my son’s school. When I could find them I used to sew bug buttons on the top to make them look more effective.

  5. We did some of these for our school’s Mother’s Day stall but in the middle of each doily we sewed on a small bug button ie, a bee,fly as well as a small spider I made from beads. Julie. Perth West Australia

  6. Freakishly weird.

  7. this project is nuts who would do it anyways lynnie omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  8. This is a cute idea and very useful

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