Vintage Handkerchiefs & Scarves Upcycled and Repurposed




I'm still deciding what I want to do with my stash of vintage hankies that I've collected over the years. While perusing the web for some new ideas I came across some pretty photos that I wanted to share...













Quilt by Mary McCulty's design shop via Etsy





Headboard of framed hankies from Better Homes & Gardens










Vintage handkerchief quilt by sprinklebabyvintage on etsy












 Vintage hankie curtains (above and below)




Children's dresses made from silk scarves by Nixie (above and below)




Dress & blouse made from vintage hankies by The Fabled Needle
(above and below)




Pillow cover DIY tutorial from elisemarley






Sweet doll dress made from a vintage hankie. Photo via 52 Flea









Table runner by littlebirdiesecrets









21 comments:

  1. great selection of ideas. I like the framed wall collage.

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  2. Ooooh, love the quilts and curtains!

    Stopping by from Etsy Blog Team

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  3. My grandpa gave me my Grandma's collection (she had passed) for my wedding bridal shower present. I was so touched! I used to always play with them/go through them as a child and I guess he remembered. You missed my favorite idea..color copy them! They make fabulous paper for projects. Most are too big for my home scanner but you can take them to Kinkos. I plan to take mine and resize them into paper "mats" and add old photos in the center and frame them for my 5 younger sisters who did not get the originals!

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    1. Sounds like a great idea, and if you ever make anything with the copies I'd love to see it!

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  4. So many cute ideas! I pinned a few to think about for future projects.

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  5. I have a few, but not enough to make the curtains. Where can I find them? I've looked at antique stores, but can only find one here and there. Thanks! Heather

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    1. One of the best places to find them is on ebay. Hankies are hard to find at thrift shops and antique stores. You can find a lot of vintage scarves at thrift shops though, and those can be used for many of these projects.

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    2. I can get them (and have...) at auctions! Sometimes as cheap as $5 for a box full of hankies.

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    3. you can find vintage hankies here as well
      http://www.nanaluluslinensandhandkerchiefs.com/

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  6. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all your ideas. I have gotten SO MUCH from your website you are AWESOMELY Clever(if there is such a word!) I have a drawer full of scarves that were my mom's and I now can put them to use :O)
    THANK YOU!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoy the site!

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  7. Had to share your wonderful ideas on my blog. I will checking in again.

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  8. Thanks for posting a picture of my shower curtain made from handkerchiefs. It is one of my favorite projects I made. I needed an old fashioned looking shower curtain for our bathroom with a pedestal sink and wainscotting. I had a bunch of my grandmother's hankies and found more at tag sales and antique shops. Some day I will make a window curtain with more handkerchiefs.

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  9. Where can I find the pattern for the Hankie Valance. I looked on the BHG website but couldn't find it. I have a large box of my Mother's hankies and would love to make this valance. Thanks so much.

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    1. That's it, there are no further instructions than what the link shows (click the text below the photo.) It looks like they simply folded the hankies into triangles, and then used curtain rings that had some type of clips on them, and secured the hankies that way. Good luck!

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    2. Cafe rings are the rings with clips. You should be able to find them many places including craft stores and places that sell curtains, etc. You can purchase online as well.

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  10. Thanks so much for featuring my work as the first image in your post, however I do want to clarify that the skirt in question is not made from vintage handkerchiefs, but rather other repurposed vintage materials. I would also appreciate it if you could include a link to my website along with the picture. My work can be found at http://resurrectionrags.com
    Thanks again!
    - Charlotte

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    1. Sorry for the error in the link Charlotte, I've updated it with the correct info that you submitted. Thanks again!

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  11. I love vintage hankies! This is the BEST blog I've seen. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

    Sue
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenbriarCreations

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