Thursday, March 14, 2013

Vintage Hankies and Burlap Curtains

My version of the Vintage Hankie Curtain.  I did mine on Muslin and made a Burlap Valance!

I know so many have seen them in Flea Market Style Magazine and on Pinterest.  The one where they used white sheets for the background.  Lovely, but I decided to use Muslin.  I love the sheerness and beige color of Muslin and it matches the material I am using on my sewing table skirt.  I will post that soon.

For my sewing/craft room, I needed light, fresh air and most of all, well, I don't know about you, but I am not always decent in attire when I am sewing or using my craft/sewing room!!!  Privacy when needed!
Yes, been know to iron, craft, and cut fabric, etc., half naked!  I am sure the gentlemen next door really does not need to view that!  My blinds were just not enough for me, and besides, those that love the vintage hankies and collect them know that just seeing them everyday, is better than having them just tucked away.

I also had been wanting to do a Burlap valance so putting hankies and burlap together was my plan.

I wanted to tie in the burlap with the hankie panels so I added a burlap bow on the ends of the curtain rod.

I pinned them in place first for the arrangement,  then stitched around the edges, best to base them first, but not me, just pinned and prayed!  The scallop edge hankies were more
difficult, but I wanted to use them.  Now I know why the hankies used in the magazine 
were all square!  Another thing, my collection of hankies varied in size, so planning the lay out is important.  It was a hard decision with so many wonderful hankies?

On the Burlap, I pulled the burlap thread on the ends for a fringe, then made
a sleeve from the muslin material to slip the curtain
rod through and help match the muslin with my hankie panels.

I hope this inspires you, and if you have any questions on making these, please let me know!
Take care,

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D @ The Shady Porch said...

Hi Marilyn, I love your hankie curtains and the burlap valance! I agree, I'd rather have them displayed than stuffed in a drawer somewhere! Perfect for a sewing/ craft room too! Thanks for sharing it at the Rock N Share!

Susan D said...

You are so smart! I see these hankies all the time and pass them up because I don't know what to do with them. I can't wait to start collecting them so I can make curtains for my daughter's room.

Jenna said...

Pretty! I would love to do this for a little girl's room in the future!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Best use of vintage hankies...EVER! Love it!

Denise said...

Cutest curtain I ever saw.I have both Grandmother's and My Moms and Aunts handkerchiefs collections from the 50s and 60s.Hope My two sisters never ask themselves where all those hankies went;)Don't worry Mom knew Me real well and gave them to Me before she died.Sad thing is---I don't Sew!!!!! I hate the thought of not doing anything cute Shabbie Chic with them.I've seen hundreds of ideas,love yours.Denise

The Cranky Queen said...

Love the hankie cafe curtain. I am your newest follower now. Thanx for visiting and following me over at my royal blog. Great and inspiring craft ideas~enjoyed browsing~ Tiff