Monday, May 27, 2013

Vintage Hanky Love

I just love and adore vintage hankies!
I have collected vintage hankies for about eleven years now,
and occasssionally I break into them to create with. I struggle
putting scissors to them, but once I finish whatever I am making
I'm always happy with the end result. Best of all, these gorgeous
things can be used and appreciated again...instead of just sitting
in a drawer. My favorites are the florals, and children's hankies.
I have made many things with them like hanky purses, lavender
sachets, pinafore's and skirts for baby onesies, window valences,
shower curtain toppers, hanky dolls, a dolly quilt, ruffles on the
the leg bottoms of children's jeans, and the bottom of little girl
t-shirts, and baby bonnets, all of which I sold through my
Cameo Kids website.
In 2010 I made neck scarves with them. Once I finished them
I realized they worked for head scarfs and belts for pants too.
My neighbor girls really loved them, so they modeled how one
could wear them for me. What made me think of them again was,
I was looking for something for my hair the other day to keep my
hair out of my face while doing a photo shoot. I found a couple
I had saved for myself that I had forgotten all about. I really
love these things, so I thought I would share them here again.
If you're looking for a craft idea, maybe this will inspire you to
create some of these sweet hanky scarfs for yourself!


The girls are just adorable to aren't they!?
Below are the hanky color pallets I used for each of the scarves.
I decided on the length and width I wanted them to be, added a
white hankerchief fabric for backing on the first four I made. I
cut several pieces for each scarf and starting from the bottom of
both ends and working towards the middle, I sewed them all
together. Then I sewed the backing on the hanky strip to finish.
The last scarf in the photo above was made using several full
size hankies by sewing them all together. No backing was used
on that one. I just couldn't cut those hankies in pieces. That one
became my favorite of all of them. It was gorgeous!

These are really a fun project and something very unique
that you won't find in the stores anywhere. Now that I have
found mine, I will definately be using mine more often for sure!
And....they look so nice with your summer outfits!!
Thank you for the visit today!
Wishing you a very happy Memorial Day!
And remember.....this day is a day we should be remembering
and honoring all those who have given so much, so that we may
enjoy a life of freedom. God Bless them and their families...
and God Bless the U.S.A.!!!!
TaTa Till Later!!
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  1. These are very pretty, Debi! I would have a hard time deciding how to lay them out, especially with all the pretty edgings. Your models show them off beautifully!

    1. Hi Kathy....Thank you! It took some time laying it out and especially trying to cut the pieces to show the pretty prints and was fun though! Thanks for the visit and comment....always appreciate that alot! I miss the girls. They were great models and kids. Now we live so far away durn it!

      Have a nice weekend!

  2. You are so clever! I have made a hanky quilt, valences and they are my signarure on the back of pillows. I use them on Christmas Stockings and sachets, but your idea of a headband takes the cake! Love the scarf and belt too, but just love that headband!
    ♥ Jil

    1. Thank you Jill! They were really fun to make! I've used hankies in tons of things I've made but I do too love the headbands. Your creations are just always over the top, so this means a lot coming from you! :) Thank you for the visit and comment. It's so nice to see you here!

      Love and hugs!

  3. I adore your vintage hankie scarves and all the wonderful way to wear them. The neighbor girls are fabulous models and very pretty. Thank you for sharing your creative genius. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

    1. Thanks so much! I think the girls made them look better than they are lol....but I love them and have been wearing them as headbands lately! Fun! Nice to see you here...hope you'll visit again some time!

      Have a great weekend!


  4. I don't know how to tie a headband that way and I love them. Can someone explain to me how to do it? Thanks

    1. Hi There! I'll try to explain how to wear a headband like this. Find the center of the headband and place it in the middle of the top of your head. With both hands take the long sides and bring them down under your hair at neckline, cross over and bring them both back up to the center of the top of your head over the band where you started and tie in a knot. You can either leave the ends out or tuck them inbetween the two bands at the top of your head now. Does that make sense? Thank you so much for the visit and the comment! Hope this helped you! Have a wonderful day!


Thank you so much for the visit and your kind and lovely comments! Please come back and visit again! Have a blessed day!