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Handkerchief Scarf

Posted by  ·  May 6, 2011  ·  Last Updated: May 6, 2011

I love the colors and patterns of vintage hankies. I have my grandmother’s hankies and am always thinking of ways to use them without cutting them (I don’t know way that bothers me!). So here is away to use them to wear them! Make them into a beautiful scarf! This handkerchief scarf would make a lovely handmade Mother’s Day gift!

Find 6 or so handkerchief scarfs that are the same with. This did takes some effort and I had to supplement with some handkerchiefs I found at an antique store. They usually cost less than $2.00.

Sew the handkerchiefs right sides together. Sew as close to the rolled hem of the handkerchiefs as you can.

Now you have a fun new accessory or a beautiful handmade gift!

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  1. Patricia Hungerford
    Friday, January 13th, 2017
    Love it, I have made a handkerchief quilt but never thought to use them this way love all your ideas
  2. Friday, January 13th, 2012
    I wanted to do this but some of my hankies are so fragile. Do you have any suggestions about what I might use to back a scarf like that? Thanks!
  3. Meg Perry
    Monday, July 11th, 2011
    Thanks for the interesting idea. You do need to proofread, spell check or grammar check your writing before publishing it. LOL
  4. Thursday, May 26th, 2011
    Years ago I bought these vintage cocktail napkins with the intention of doing something with them one day. I don't know; maybe frame them. But this?!?! This is the perfect idea. Thank you.
  5. Saturday, May 14th, 2011
    Love this old hanky scarf....I am going to try this! Thanx for sharing. I am your newest follower! Tiffany
  6. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    Very sweet!
  7. Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
    Really...I don't get to see your face? But that is a lovely scarf. Love the idea and the color combos.
  8. Sunday, May 8th, 2011
    I just found a stack of vintage handkerchiefs and literally yesterday was looking through them and wondering what they could become. This is perfect!
  9. Sunday, May 8th, 2011
    Pretty scarf! Great! I love personalized or handmade gifts. This would be a perfect gift for mother's day or any occasion. Thanks!
  10. Sunday, May 8th, 2011
    I love this scarf! Any Mother would be proud to show this off and wear it! You did a great job!
  11. Saturday, May 7th, 2011
    What a wonderful way to use those hankies!!

    I would love to share this on my Discovering Beauty post that I do on Saturdays. I will link back to you - Please let me know if this would be ok with you!

    bee blessed
  12. Saturday, May 7th, 2011
    i can't stop thinking about this! when my grandmother died, i snagged all of her ancient handkerchiefs and i've been trying to figure out what to do with them. this is a great idea but most of hers are not really pretty like this. they are mostly white with some embroidery. i'll have to go through them now and see if there's some that i can find to do this.
  13. Saturday, May 7th, 2011
    This is absolutely beautiful! My mother in law has given my daughter quite a few hankies over the years, whe might like to do this with them.

    Thanks for the idea!
  14. Friday, May 6th, 2011
    Cindy, I am in love with this scarf. Such a simple way to make a statement.I don't know where I am going to find such lovely scarves, but I am on a mission.

    We will be linking to this project in our Saturday SNAPs post on the SNAP! blog.

  15. Friday, May 6th, 2011
    What a clever idea, love it!
  16. Friday, May 6th, 2011
    That is just lovely! What a creative idea!
  17. Friday, May 6th, 2011
    This is lovely! I will be keeping an eye out for especially colorful handkerchiefs at yard sales this summer.
  18. Friday, May 6th, 2011
    I have several severely damaged hankies and scarves, which I want to use in a project. It's a shame to throw the whole thing away because it has a big ink stain on one end, etc. I am thinking I ought to do a variation on this, to keep the parts that are still in good shape. I do agree with you, though. I hate cutting up vintage scarves and hankies! That's probably why I haven't done anything about it yet.

    This is a cute idea! :)
  19. Friday, May 6th, 2011
    This is so pretty Cindy!! I love it. I have a stack of them too and I'm always looking for great ways to use them! Thanks!
  20. Friday, May 6th, 2011
    adorable! i'm going to try this.
  21. Friday, May 6th, 2011
    Great idea! I love it! Now I have to go find those scarfs I saw in a box somewhere onetime.....hummm......lol!
  22. Friday, May 6th, 2011
    This...now this is just gorgeous. I love this so, so, so much!
  23. Friday, May 6th, 2011
    That is beautiful! I have some vintage hankies, but wasn't sure what I was going to do with them. This is such a great idea. Thanks!
  24. Friday, May 6th, 2011
    Brilliant idea! I absolutely love it and I'm going to raid my mother's handkerchief drawer!
  25. Friday, May 6th, 2011
    great idea!
  26. Tammy
    Friday, May 6th, 2011
    Lovely! I love vintage handkerchiefs also. they're so pretty:) I don't know why they don't make them like that anymore when so many women love them!