Doily Table Runner Step 1: Lay out your largest doilies first Step 2: Fill in with smaller doilies. I used all different shapes and stuck with white and cream colors. Step 3: Overlap the edges of the big and small doiles so that the small ones aren’t always on top. Step 4: Tack the doilies together using string on the UNDERSIDE. I tied a double knot in several spots using thread and a needle.