Over the years, I’ve picked up cute vintage hankies at thrift stores, yard sales, and antique stores (when they’re cheap). I didn’t ever consider myself a ‘collector’ of vintage hankies, but I’ve accumulated quite a few over the years. So it seemed like a great time to make a hankie garland!
I always knew I would make something with them eventually, because it’s beautiful fabric! And the colors and patterns are just so vintage and charming.
I decided to make some garland for the chalkboard wall in our Solarium (which is our homeschool/craft room). It seems like such a focal point in the room, and I wanted to ’embellish’ it a bit, if you will. A Hankie Garland will be soooo perfect!
After choosing a handful of vintage hankies from my stash that fit the color scheme I was going for, I ironed them all. Then I cut a shape out of cardstock to use as a template when tracing and cutting the hankies.
You could use any shape/size for your template. It doesn’t have to be just like mine!
Most of the hankies were big enough that I was able to get 4 shapes to fit, but there were a couple that I only got two from. My girls were actively crafting with the extra scraps, so I didn’t feel too bad donating to their cause. (yes that’s tape)
I traced my template onto all of the hankies first, and then cut them all out using fabric scissors. Are you starting to see the vision for this hankie garland?!
I needed to hem the sides to keep the fabric from unraveling. No need to do the top though… you’ll see why!
After hemming, I ironed again to make the edges super crisp. I’m no seamstress, so these aren’t perfect. But nothing I do is perfect, and I love it that way. 😉 (PLUS these will be up high and nobody but me will notice the imperfections!)
Time to string these babies together! I thought about using some lace for this, but since the hankies themselves are already so dainty and delicate-looking, I wanted a stronger line to contrast. So I decided to go with some white bias tape! If you’ve never used this stuff before, it’s a pre-folded strip of fabric that makes it super easy to make a border on any fabric item.
Simply tuck the top of each vintage hankie ‘bunting’ into the crease of the bias, and sew along the edge! I did one at a time instead of pinning them all in place beforehand. You do you!
I decided to leave about 3/4″ between each one, but you could butt them right up next to each other if you wanted. Or leave even more space. It’s totally up to you!
Look at this glorious pile of hankie garland behind my sewing machine!
Adding the bias went pretty fast, and was soooo satisfying! BOOYA.
I popped this hankie garland up in the Solarium SO FAST. Just a tiny nail on each end, and she’s done.
I love the extra character that it brings to this space, and a little ‘DIY touch’ that every room needs!
Now if I could just pull off some beautiful chalkboard art like I did on the Chalkboard Wall in our old kitchen. Although that would be silly because it would just need to be erased when we’re doing school. Or when the kids feel like doodling on a wall. 😉
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