Vintage Creations: How To Repurpose Old Handkerchiefs

Our grandmas and grandpas used handkerchiefs all the time but with paper tissues being available everywhere it’s now become a more common habit to just buy disposable tissues and forget all about the fabric handkerchiefs. If you find yourself in possession of some vintage handkerchiefs that still have their original charm, here are some ideas on how you can repurpose them!

1. Handkerchief Angel Ornament 

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Making your ornaments is always a special experience because you pour into them your time, love and creativity. Cancan Crafts shares an amazing tutorial for angel ornaments that are made from old handkerchiefs. What looks like a plain hankie today can look like a guardian angel tomorrow!

2. Framed Handkerchief Art 

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If you’ve found a whole box of handkerchiefs you’re going to need a better idea than just a simple DIY project that only takes care of one or two of them. You can put all of the hankies on display by framing them and turning them into wall art, following the example at Cleverly Simple!

3. Handkerchief Pendant Necklace 

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The whole point of pendant necklaces is that they are very personal and one of a kind. This is why the pendants you make yourself are so much more valuable than those you buy in a store! Find out how an old handkerchief can become the loveliest pendant necklace at Flamingo Toes!

4. Handkerchief Valances

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Everything in your home is a subject for decoration, even the windows. If they’ve been looking a little plain lately, you can solve this problem with some old handkerchiefs that are going to give your windows a nice vintage makeover. Flamingo Toes impressed us once again!

5. Handkerchief Tissue Holder 

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Bring together an old-fashioned handkerchief and the modern habit of using paper tissues by making a tissue holder from the old hankie. This project is great for those of you who love to feel a bit nostalgic and want to honor the past decades within your living space. Catch the how-to at Beach Vintage!

6. Handkerchief Quilt 

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Another idea for using up a big amount of inherited handkerchiefs is to make a quilt out of them! This way you can keep them around for a long time to come but also give them a new and more functional purpose. Emily Ann’s Closet shares the tutorial!

7. Stamped Handkerchief 

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Maybe you’re wondering what happens if you don’t want to repurpose a handkerchief at all, just give it a more modernized look? You have to visit Felicette, of course! There you’ll find a tutorial for stamped handkerchiefs that have been given a super trendy makeover!

8. Handkerchief Burp Cloths 

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Do you find the classic burp cloths totally boring and you feel compelled to give them a more colorful look? Polkadot Chair will show you how to make use of old handkerchiefs! They will provide you with a variety of colors and patterns, perfect for creating diversity among the burp cloths!

9. Handkerchief Pin Cushion 

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Every passionate crafter knows the value of pin cushions. An old handkerchief can be a great resource if you’re in a need of a new pin cushion, to safely store all of your pins and needles. Follow the instructions at Bumblebee Linens to make a pin cushion with a significant vintage look!

10. Handkerchief Collar 

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When you look at an old handkerchief you probably don’t think about wearing it, but if you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and spice up one of your plain shirts with an old-fashioned collar, dive into the tutorial at Black & White & Loved All Over!

11. Handkerchief Bracelets

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A handkerchief that doesn’t serve its original purpose anymore can be turned into a unique piece of jewelry, thanks to the idea found at My So Called Crafty Life! These bracelets are soft, one of a kind and can easily overpower the most modern trends with their timeless charm!

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