Reclaim: Vintage Hankies

The Reclaim series is all about turning discarded old things into beautiful new things. It’s about making treasure from trash, reducing our waste and saving a little money along the way. Each episode features an everyday object and a variety of inspiring ways that object can be reclaimed.

Today, we are talking about vintage hankies!

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Have you got any other clever ideas for recycling hankies? If so, please share!

Katie x

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Katie is a tea drinking, jewellery making, op-shopping daydreamer. Katie likes vintage dresses, Pictionary, doilies and colourful tights.

22 Responses to “Reclaim: Vintage Hankies”

  1. Brandy January 30, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    I am in love with all of these! Decor inspiration for my summer wedding!


  2. Kim January 30, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    Ah! Some great ideas here, I love the framed ones 🙂

  3. Simply Authentic January 30, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    What great ideas! Will look forward to seeing what else you will be reclaiming!

  4. Dulce January 30, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    love love love

  5. Laura January 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Looooovvvveeee those curtains!!!! Argh!!!

    • Katie
      Katie January 31, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      Aren’t they amazing!? I need lots more hankies so I can do this. (Sounds like the perfect excuse to go thrifting to me!)

  6. robbie. January 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    i have a growing pile of pretty nice hankies. I’m deathly afraid to cut/sew them, but framing is definitely an option.

    • Katie
      Katie January 31, 2012 at 9:40 am #

      I’m deathly afraid of cutting my little collection too! They are precious 🙂

  7. allie o'bannon January 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    i love the hankies used as bunting but i’m crazy about the framed hankies & the ones made into curtains. definitely have some awesome vintage-y ones hanging around & now i’ve got some fabulous ideas of what to do with them.

  8. gina January 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    These are really sweet and precious. One thing though, I don’t see the link for the banner/garland?!

    • Katie
      Katie January 31, 2012 at 9:45 am #

      Hi Gina! The image I used is from a wedding photoshoot so there is no tutorial for that exact garland, but there are lots and lots of tutorials for hankie bunting around, like this one! x

  9. trishie January 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Oh my gosh, i love these vintage hankies idea. The first photo is particular delightful!

  10. Emily Spada January 31, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    I love this post! I definitely want to try a few of these!

  11. Lyndall January 31, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    I love this post! The framed hankies and ones in a jar are my favourites. A good reason to start a pretty vintage hankie collection, I think 🙂

  12. Canvas Art January 31, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Awesome post! You’ve rescued the last 20 Christmas presents from my Nanna!

  13. Emma January 31, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    I made my little girl a quilt with some hankies I found for $2, it is my favourite quilt. One of them was mine I had when I was little. I do love hankies, I need to get a new collection and maybe make another one.

    • Katie
      Katie February 1, 2012 at 8:54 am #

      Wow, Emma your quilt is adorable!! I would love a hanky quilt. (I’d like to learn how to quilt too!) 🙂

  14. Sophie Isobel February 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    So inspiring! I will certainly be looking out for more pretty hankies on my next thrifting trip.
    Sophie x

  15. courtney February 6, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Such lovely ideas! I want to try them all 🙂

  16. Jessica February 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    I love hankies!! I display mine around the upper walls of my craft room. I’ve hung twine and then have pinned them on with those cute little tiny wooden clothes pins. I think I have room for about 100 or so. It’s a great way to see & enjoy them every day.

    • Katie
      Katie February 9, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      That’s an adorable idea! Your craft room must be so pretty! <3

  17. B February 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Absolutely delightful! I think I’ll have to add to my collection – I have er.. 2.


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