5 fabulous ways to repurpose your vintage handkerchiefs 16



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Handkerchiefs are handy and purposeful but have a heap of unused potential. There are lots of clever ways to re-purpose your handkerchiefs and flaunt their precious patterns and beautiful designs. If you have a drawer full of these lovely keepsakes, try your hand at some of these simple, creative and fun ways to re-use your handkerchiefs around the home.

1. Pockets

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Sewing your own pockets can add practical value and flair to an ordinary garment. Start by picking out one of your pretty hankies and cutting a new shape for it: a heart, a hexagon, even a fish shape. Just make sure it’s a suitable size for your regular pocket treasures (a coin purse, key chain, lip stick, mobile phone, etc.) By either hand or machine, attach it to your garment leaving the top open to create a pocket. You might like to add some buttons, pearls or lace if you fancy.

2. Window dressing and valances


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Breathe fresh air into your home with this simple spring idea. You can dress up your windows by threading their rod with your favourite floral designs. If your hanky collection is numbered in the dozens, look at lining a new valance for your bed. A simple sewing job over the ends of your current valance is a fast and crafty solution.


3. Bracelets


Source: My So-Called Crafty Life


This chic jewellery is a beautiful and homemade design. Using strips of handkerchief, you too can create a braided bracelet in minutes. If you have beads and bobs for craft jewellery around the home, you can glue the ends of the hanky braid into copper caps and add charms. Alternative fastening options in keeping with the chic look may include a large safety pin or a plastic bread twist.


4. Table runnertable

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Join several mix-and-match hankies together to make your own stylish table runner. A little sewing or fastening is all that’s needed, and as you can see it looks gorgeous.


5. Personal touch invitations

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Decorative invitations a great use for old handkerchiefs. Your message printed on to vintage hankies infuse a personal touch and can serve as keepsakes of the special event as well. You can use an iron-on or press-on sticker, order a specially made stamp or even embroider the message yourself for owns special occasion’s vintage invitation.

What do you with your own hankies? Will you try any of these neat household tips?


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  1. Why are they classed as unhygenic lm 75 and always used them dont have anymore colds than anyone else.

  2. My mum used to fold hankies in half diagonally and sew elastic onto the folded corners to make a ‘headscarf’

  3. Just think about whet the hankie then goes after you use it. Tissues are disposed of after use. Hankies not and then there is the contamination of your hands and all that is in your handbag or wherever that hankie is then kept till it is used again and again before finding is way to the washing basket

  4. Place a tablespoon of dried English lavender and a couple of cloves in the centre.

    Tie up in a bundle and hang on your clothes hanger for sweet smelling clothes and wardrobe.

  5. I love hankies and always carry one for an emergency but I normally use tissues when I have a cold. A friend had a sneezing fit one day when we were out and I handed her my clean hankie. She said, “What’s this? Can’t you afford tissues?” After that I left her to find her own tissues when she needs them, haha.

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