Decorating With Vintage Handkerchiefs and DIY Hankie Craft Ideas
An array of ideas on how to decorate with vintage ladies handkerchiefs, and lots of do it yourself ideas for different crafting ideas and projects. Time to get out the vintage hankies!


Vintage ladies handkerchiefs make a wonderful collectible, and they are still quite affordable. People often ask me though, What do you do with them? How can you display them?
Here are a few ideas for you.

My daughter was fortunate enough to have the same initial as her great grandmother, so she was able to use her vintage handkerchief for her wedding. We incorporated the hankie right into the bouquet.

wedding photos courtesy of Genevieve Fridley Photography

My daughter in laws bouquet with the "O" monogram

If you are not fortunate enough to have your grandmothers original handkerchief, be sure to click here to see our
You can display them framed in clear acrylic clip frames. They can also be stretched over a square painters canvas using double sided tape to hold them in place. You can arrange 8 of these above a bed to create a headboard.

Another framing idea from the Summer 2011 Issue of

Country Almanac Magazine

In the 1940’s they made "parasols" out of hankies for shower favors

Use them as doilies on tables & nightstands,

Show then off under glass on a coffee table

Sew into quilts, pillows, sachets, tablecloths, or potholders

For DIY instructions on making a handkerchief rag quilt visit this BLOG she gives step by step instructions

Check out our state map handkerchiefs HERE

Make a baby bonnet from a white hankie to be used years later as wedding handkerchief

Tutorial to make cute bloomers HERE

Hankie Bib & baby’s First Blanket

Make a celebration banner

Make a valance by clipping them onto top of curtain with clothespins

Display them in a vase or hang them from a towel bar

Wrap small gifts with them, make hankie angels or hankie dolls,

A very talented lady named Sheri sent me these photos of her Ginny Dolls dressed with vintage hankies, aren’t they too cute!

Made From Wallpaper Border

Cover a Journal

Frame an Antique or Family Photo

Darling Christmas Stocking Ornaments or Use as a cuff on a solid colored stocking

Sew a monogrammed hankie onto the front of a little girls bib overalls

Use them to line your Longerberger baskets (or others)

Trim the edges with beads & make a "cozy" for your teacups

Make a Tea Cozie

Make a wristlet or a tote bag


Tie them onto your ponytail, belt loop, or purse,

Tie them to your suitcase handle so you can identify your suitcase at the airport!

Tuck them into birthday, get well or any holiday card

Make Little Girls Clothes!

CUPCAKE Birthday Cards With Hankie Handkerchiefs

Use monogrammed handkerchiefs for the "something old or something blue" for a bride to be,

Give as gift to bridesmaids, flower girls, mother of bride or groom

Display them hung by little wooden clothespins on a vintage indoor clothesline, or satin ribbon

A customer gave me this idea to pass along. She is giving a monogrammed hankie to her son’s girlfriend as a small gift for her prom night.
A nice tradition to start!

Use as a curtain topper

A customer Sherrie made this fabulous valance all with NANALULU’S Hankies

Isn’t that clever!

Another Curtain Idea!

Another customer idea! They look lovely draped over a nitelight for soft romantic lighting.


A couple of photos with beautiful ideas from Barbara over at Nana’s Elegant Afternoon Tea Parties

Use any type of vintage rack for display

I recently saw these on a blog and just had to add them here, the idea is just adorable. SAVE THE DATE Hankies......How unique!

You can also use them for wedding invitations as shown on this website:

I saw this Hankie Rosette on a blog & thought it was really sweet

Disney from Ruffles and Stuff will show how to make this lovely rosette from a vintage handkerchief. Besides wearing on your favorite sweater, you can use one on a headband, as a hairclip, or curtain tie back.

Go to the tutorial

Make a pretty Tee

A few ideas recently shown on Country Livings Website:

Saw this in the 2011 edition of Flea Market Style Magazine. Use a vintage hankie as a glass "marker"

Well I will tell you I never would have thought of this, but it is fun to watch!

How to make a ’camisole’(in fact an early bra) out of a pair of handkerchiefs. It may be similar to the one made by the New York socialite, Mary Phelps-Jacob, - later patented by her, with a more complex form - in 1914. Almost certainly the model wears it over her shift for reasons of cinematic propriety. British Pathe archivist dates it to around 1921.

See the You-Tube video here (authentic vintage!)

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