Vintage Handkerchiefs -- Hankies
I think of vintage handkerchiefs, also known as hankies, as little works of art. The fabric is often printed with lovely designs like the mod 1960s design in the hankie shown here. Other vintage handkerchiefs are solid white or another solid color trimmed in delicate embroidery or tatting.
When I was little, four or five, each time I visited my grandmother, she gave me a dime, and I went to the (surprise surprise) dime store and always bought a hankie. They were new (not yet vintage, but they would be now) and were printed with cute animals on them, like puppies and kitties.
I don't know what happened to these cute handkerchiefs, but I had so much fun with those little squares of fabric. I wrapped them around my dolls and spread them out just to admire them.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Uses for Vintage Handkerchiefs
Vintage handkerchiefs are considered to be a hankie that is at least 20 or 25 years old. The older I get, the more ridiculous that sounds. I mean, those little hankies I bought when I was four or five would certainly be considered vintage. They must have disintegrated in the wash because they're long gone.
Of course, the obvious use for hankies to blow your nose, like this postcard shows. Actually, the older girl is using her apron to help her little sister wipe her nose but you get the idea. Some of the vintage handkerchiefs I've seen are just too pretty to use (like that anyway!).
Some people frame hankies or make pillows from them. I've seen doll dresses made from hankies, which are adorable. I love the fabric in printed handkerchiefs.
Graphic courtesy of Just Something I Made
New Handkerchiefs for Your Purse
Vintage Handkerchiefs with Printed Designs - Click a small image to enlarge it.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Add a Photo to a Vintage Hankie
Use Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
Ashlee at My So Called Crafty Life has come up with a great way to use a vintage handkerchief.
Check out how she used Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium to make this darling framed vintage hankie.
Embroidered Handkerchiefs - Click a small image to enlarge it.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Do you love vintage hankies?
Hooked on Hankies
Holiday Vintage Hankies - Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day Hankies. Click a small image to enlarge it.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Vintage Handkerchiefs Make Great Gifts
When I find a vintage handkerchief with a monogram (initials or initial) of someone I know, I buy it as a gift. Other hankies have scenes or writing that are relevant and meaningful for others. Keep this in mind for a thoughtful hostess gift or as a present for any occasion.
Crafts with Handkerchiefs
- Hankie Table Runner
Inspired by Amy Barickman's latest book, Hankie Style , this craft breathes new life into old-fashioned linens. To make a table runner, measure the length of your table (plus overhang) to determine how many hankies you'll need (we used ten 12-inch sq
- Hankie Sachet
To make a sachet, cut a four-inch square from a hankie. With the pattern side up, fold three corners toward the square's center.
- Dress Up a Top with a Hankie
To embellish a tank top, cut a 14-inch-square, scalloped-edged hankie into two pieces. Fold under the cut sides and hem, as directed by the templates.
- Bandana Napkin Rings
To fit standard dinner napkins, cut a bandanna into 6- by 9-inch strips.
- Bandana Hangers
Not only decorative, these bandanna covers also prevent strappy tops and dresses from slipping off hangers.
- Vintage Hankie + Drop Cloth = Throw Pillow | Sallygoodin
I wanted to show you this simple drop cloth pillow I made for someone special to me who was born in Germany (in fact the town the hankie is from). All it takes is some inexpensive canvas drop cloth, polyfiberfill stuffing and one vintage hankie.
Corner Embroidery on Vintage Hankies - Click a small image below to enlarge it.Click thumbnail to view full-size
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