I love vintage handkerchiefs and pick them up whenever I find them at a reasonable price in antique malls. Last fall, when we were visiting Amish Country (Holmes County, Ohio), I found a book devoted to projects using vintage hankies – Hooked on Hankies by Laurene Sinema and Janet Carruth – Suzanne McNeill Design Originals.
I decided to use a pattern for a small hanging pillow that has a pocket where a vintage handkerchief can be inserted and it doesn’t need to be cut or altered in any way. I used one of my pretty old hankies and embellished the piece with two vintage buttons.
I made it as a birthday gift for my online friend, Darlene, and she posted a picture of it hanging on her country-blue front door. Check out Darlene’s blog to see how her quilting, crocheting and sewing projects are coming along – here.
The book has projects for using vintage hankies such as a table runner, wall hangings, baby clothes, shower curtain, wreath, etc. Nice for displaying old handkerchiefs you own or as a good excuse to go to an antique mall to find some.