August 17, 2011

Collecting Vintage Handkerchiefs

Some may say a hanky is an obsolete accessory until it becomes vintage or collectible. I say they really shouldn't just be tucked away. There are really so many things you can do with a hanky. Most of all you can USE them. Remember the sweet scene from You've Got Mail. I keep a hanky in my purse all the time. Whether it's cold season, allergy season or just cold in the room, I always seem to be reaching for something to wipe my nose (I said wipe, not blow, save that for the tissue!). Growing up whenever I borrowed a coat or a purse from my mother I always found a loose tissue inside. It's not hard to figure out why I always find them in my own pockets. I love vintage hankies. You can always pick them up at estate sales or thrift stores, often for around a dollar. I bought this one a couple of weeks ago.


Here are few of my children's. I've also got floral's and M's.


Other creative things you can do with them:

  • make a throw by sewing together your collection (I dream of doing this for a grandbaby)
  • carry in your wedding bouquet, I did (pass down to your daughter or granddaughter)

  • make a pillow
  • wrap a small gift

  • make a sachet
  • Save The Date (maybe one of the cutest ideas yet!)
Collect them in styles: Christmas, Children's, Valentine, Initial, Floral, State Souvenir or Color

Although the hankies you find are still in good shape they are often dirty. A simple soak will usually loosen most dirt or stain. I like to use Biz detergent.

Fill a bowl with water and a scoop of Biz, slosh the mixture around until soapy and drop your hanky in. Let it soak for several hours or overnight. Rinse with cold water and lay flat to dry. You can press with a warm iron and it's ready to go, however you decide to use your new treasure.

I had such fun Pinning these pics! Much easier than getting mine out, pressing them and getting the picture just right.

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