Vintage hankerchiefs are colorful, interesting, readily found and evoke nostalgia. If you are lucky you might have even inherited some from your parents or grandparents. Prince Charming, being an only child, inherited many gorgeous women’s hankies from his beloved Nana. For years I would look at them in storage and think they were too pretty not to use. So I came up with severals ways to feature these lovelies. Everytime I look at them now, I smile and remember the loving lady who once owned them.
To make the hankerchiefs feel fresh and repurposed it is important to take the “granny” out of them and juxtapose them in a modern setting. For my first project, I selected 3 hankies of complementary colorways and of similar sizes and hand stitched them together to make a table runner.
My second project showcases a favorite hankerchief and frames it in a modern, unadorned matted frame.
Other ideas for showing off the beauty of vintage hankerchiefs include making a scarf, using them as pockets on an apron, making pillow covers with them, or using them as a curtain valance. The possibilities are endless. Get creative with your treasure trove of vintage hankies or new-to-you beauties scored in a summer yard sale or on Etsy.com. Thanks for visiting with me today.