I'm doing this project because I want to give new life to all those vintage hankies that are hidden away in boxes in peoples attics and closets. My art was inspired by the quilter's of Gee's Bend, Alabama, who used every scrap of fabric available to them to make their now famous quilts. I have begun to do the same with the hankies. I get letters from people almost every day telling me they found some hankies in the back of their drawer that belonged to their mother or grandmother and they would love for them to be used in some new way. They don't want them to be forgotten, neither do I.
She died when I was fairly young, but one of my biggest memories of her is that she always had a hankie or two stuck in her ample bosom. All moist and gooey. These are some of my favorite crafts you can make out of your very own vintage hankie stash. Sarah at Sadie Seasongoods has made some adorable bracelets out of vintage hankies! You can wear a bit of your grandma around on your wrist!
Embroidered handkerchiefs are a common find, but this easy DIY project transforms a hankie into a simple banner to display in your home. The free "Home Sweet Home" embroidery pattern is easy to stitch and after adding a few hanging loops, you'll have a new wall hanging with vintage charm! This handkerchief banner project works with any embroidery pattern you like, just as the Home Sweet Home pattern is suitable for stitching on any type of project. Vintage handkerchiefs come in a variety of sizes and designs, so select one that fits your style and let the colors in the hankie act as inspiration for your embroidery floss colors.
When we were kids, our grandparents always carried handkerchiefs. We like to thrift, embellish or entirely create fancy little hand held purses and keep them for special occasions or when we feel like dressing slightly more vintage inspired than usual. Check out how they made these cute little pouch clutches from vintage handkerchiefs, lace, and buttons. It started years ago when we first got our own apartment after college and we hosted and decorated for a housewarming party. When the celebration was all said and done, we loved the festive way our home looked so much that we kind of just left the decor hanging for weeks extra, just because it made us happy!