Do the Hanky- Panky: Cool projects with Vintage Hankerchiefs

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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.

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Handstitching in a simple slip stitch is the best way to join the hankies as many have pretty scalloped edges.

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3 hankies make a colorful table runner.

Enjoying a little breakfast in the garden under the cherry tree. For a bit of added nostalgia, te bench was handmade by Prince Charming's grandfather, husband of Nana, the handkerchief lady.

Enjoying a little breakfast in the garden under the cherry tree. For a bit of added nostalgia, this bench was handmade by Prince Charming’s grandfather, husband of Nana, the hankerchief lady. Note the hand embroidered blue and white hankie being used as a serviette.

My second project showcases a favorite hankerchief and frames it in a modern, unadorned matted frame.

I loved the graphics in this vintage beauty.

I loved the graphics in this vintage beauty.

Clean, simple frame keeps the hanky looking fresh and modern as art.

Clean, simple frame keeps the hanky looking fresh and modern as art.

 

Love this coloful grouping of framed hankerchiefs from houseandhome.com

Love this coloful grouping of framed hankerchiefs from houseandhome.com

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.

4 thoughts on “Do the Hanky- Panky: Cool projects with Vintage Hankerchiefs

  1. These are such pretty hankies! I only have white ones from my Grandmothers. I treasure them. I still use a hankie instead of Kleenex when I’m in public, especially at weddings and funerals. They just make me feel like more of a lady!

    I like the ideas you came up with to breathe new life into these handkerchiefs. That runner is really pretty!

    • Those hankies sound very special and classy, Alycia. I have white ones also. They can be laundered more easily:) My one son has used those as pocket squares. Many of the colorful ones appear new and we had dozens of them! Glad you enjoyed the projects! Thanks for reading and your welcomed comments!

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      • Johanne tres belle idee des mouchoirs tu es tresbonne la de dan

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