The Best of 2010

It’s been another fun year of blogging and on this last day of 2010, I revisited the 10 most popular of the past year’s posts.

Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt

Round Patchwork Tablecloth

The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Dessert

Irish Lemon Blackberry Sponge Pudding

Pork-Apple-Sweet Potato Casserole

Peach Crumble Pie

Creamy Ham Tetrazzini

Vintage Hanky Heart Pillow

Light Pineapple Cheesecake

Tasty Gingerbread Muffins

Happy New Year to All!

Vintage Handkerchief Holder

Last week I blogged about a Vintage Hankie Heart Pillow I made from the book, Hooked on Hankies by Laurene Sinema and Janet Carruth, Suzanne McNeill Design Originals. The post is here.

I have a lot of vintage handkerchiefs of varying sizes and I started thinking how I could use the idea of a pocket along with a holder that could be hung on the wall and that was easy to adapt to different dimensions.

I have a nice collection of children’s scottie  handkerchiefs which are much smaller than the standard.  This is the formula I worked out:


  • Front – Fabric A – Side measurement of hankie folded in fourths plus 1″
  • Pocket – Fabric B – Same measurement as Fabric A
  • Backing – Fabric C – Same measurement as Fabric A plus 2 inches extra
  • Batting – Same measurement as Fabric A plus 2 inches extra
  • Binding – One side measurement of A x 4 plus 3″ extra

I started out by folding the hankie in fourths and measuring along one side.  In this example, it was 5-1/2″.  I added 1″ to this measurement to equal 6-1/2″

For this dimension I used:

  • Fabric A for the front of the holder – 6-1/2″ square
  • Fabric B for the pocket – 6-1/2″ square
  • Fabric C for backing – 8-1/2″ square (6-1/2″ plus 2″ extra)
  • Batting same size as backing – 8-1/2″ square
  • Binding 1-1/2″wide x 29″ long (4 sides @ 6-1/2″ = 26 plus 3″ extra)

Cut  6-1/2″ square from Fabric A – set aside

Cut 6-1/2″ square from Fabric B and fold in half, wrong sides together.  Press.  Top stitch 1/4″ from folded edge.  Set aside.

Cut 8-1/2″ square from backing fabric and place right side down on worktable.  Place 8-1/2″ square of batting on top of backing.  Center 6-1/2″ square of Fabric A on top of the batting.  Pin in place.

Quilt by sewing straight lines, beginning at the center,  from corner to corner and from each mid-section across the piece.  Decorative stitching would be nice here.

Trim away excess batting and backing.

Place the pocket Fabric B on the lower half of the front Fabric A, matching the bottom point.  Pin and then baste 1/8″ from the two raw edges.

Press 1/2 inch from one end of binding.   Place binding right side down on the right side of the front with the pressed section facing up.  Sew 1/4″ seam to attach the binding and overlap at the end to cover the folded portion.

Trim off any excess binding.  Press and hand-stitch the folded section.  Turn binding to wrong side, allowing 1/4″ to show on the front, fold under binding and hand-stitch to the back.

As a hanger, attach a  ribbon, ring or maybe a vintage belt buckle if you have one.  I like to use drapery clips on my wall hangings.

Embellish any way you like.  I’m partial to vintage buttons.

Fold the handkerchief and tuck it into the pocket – no damage to the hankie itself and easy to change out.

I made another holder for a smaller handkerchief, using the formula …

…and for this standard-size hankie.  I folded it a little differently so more of the floral design would show.

It’s a fun, fast project, uses up scraps, and offers a chance to display some of those treasured handkerchiefs we all have tucked away in a drawer somewhere.