Vintage Hankie Hoops


Hi there, Friends! It's no secret that I adore vintage hankies and am fond of using them as decor. If you have a cherished hankie with a stain or hole, but still can't bear to part with it, today I have the perfect project for you...


vintage hankie hoops


Recreate it as a hankie hoop! The hankie in the oval hoop is one I've held onto for years, despite a rather large hole in the center. You may recognize the other two from a more recent find, but since I scored the pair for .25 and they don't have the scalloped edges I prefer, I didn't feel bad about cutting them for this project. I will also be saving every scrap in my craft stash. Ready to make your own? First, gather your hoops and hankies.


vintage hankie hoops


Experiment with different sized hoops and patterns on the hankies. Before placing your hankie on the inner hoop, add several adhesive squares around the edge. {I used one at the top, bottom and on each side.} This will help hold the hankie secure and eliminate the need for glue. 


vintage hankie hoops


Place the hankie over the hoop, gently pulling it taut and pressing the edges onto the adhesive squares. Add the outer hoop, continuing to gently stretch it taut. Tighten the screw.


vintage hankie hoops


Trim the excess close to the hoop--remember to save any scraps for your craft stash!


vintage hankie hoops


I hung mine inside a frame on my gallery wall...for now, but I can see them being used in a variety of ways, even connected to form a banner. I really love the option of being able to showcase a damaged piece.  It's like a little garden of hankies ;) 


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14 comments:

  1. Cecilia, those are so simple, yet so, so cute!

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  2. What a great idea! I can also see doing a little embroidery embellishment in some cases - highlighting a motif, or just embroidering a design and using the hankie as a background. My wheels are turning now! Love your blog.

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  3. What a clever idea, and so pretty!
    Amalia
    xo

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  4. I love the frame within a frame concept! One thing I hate about an oen concept house is that there are not enough walls to hang things on! Sadie Seasongoods has framed silk scarves the same way and used them as suncatchers. I bet a coat of Modge Podge would give cotton a more translucent look. A few crystal beads embrodered onto the edge of the roses for dewdrops? 30+ Years ago I framed cloth pictures with a hot glued ring of eyelet lace around them;it would be cute here. Kids hankies for a nursery? A bunch of little hoops for a mobile....oh, I'm on a roll here! And here I thought hankies were good for doll clothes and scrapbook pages!

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  5. That's a great idea, Cecilia! Especially for ones that are damaged...you get to showcase the good part!

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  6. Very cute Cecilia! I love vintage hankies too. Usually I just toss them in a jar in my sewing room. Occasionally I pull them out for a garland or something.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  7. Very Cute! I've seen it done with embroidered linens that had issues that couldn't be fixed. Great way to recycle good old linens without them ending up in the rag bin or trash!

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  8. What a neat idea and way to display vintage hankies...

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  9. Perfect solution for hankies with holes! I have a huge bag full that I can't part with.

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  10. Cecelia,
    Love this idea!! I have quite a bit of these hoops that I bought at a yard sale and have been looking for ideas on what to do with them so thanks for sharing!!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  11. How clever, using the empty frame for them is added genius!

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