How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

My six year old daughter’s best friend’s birthday is coming up and she loves dolphins. I mean really LOVES dolphins. So one of the first gifts my daughter chose for her is this little dolphin necklace. I think it’s a super cute gift and I know she’ll love it. Plus, how cute is the dolphin necklace box that it came in?

Since it’s not every day a little girl turns six, I decided to make her present extra special by wrapping it up in a hanky.

*Editor’s note: If a handkerchief is not readily available, any other pretty fabric will do. I love the idea of using fabric instead of wrapping paper, because it’s not only affordable but also ecofriendly. The fabric can often be used for years to come.

Since handkerchiefs are bright and colorful they are perfect for wrapping small gifts. Plus after the gift is unwrapped, the hankie can be played with. My daughter actually plays with hankies a lot; for dress up and also as little napkins during “tea time”.

The fabric wrapping technique is called Furoshiki. Furoshiki is a Japanese practice that I learned about when travelling in Japan. The tradition of wrapping or “tsutsumu” is easily seen throughout Japan and has been around for centuries. In Japan, the wrapping of goods implies respects to others and is often more important than the gift itself.

Over the next couple of months, I will dedicate a couple more posts on how to wrap gifts with fabric. I love this tradition and wish it was used more often in the United States.

For this craft or article, you will need a small gift and a ladies’ handkerchief. The handkerchief in this article is 13″ square and the box is approximately 4″ x 4″ x 4″.

There’s a ton of different ways to wrap with fabric but for this article’s purpose, I will be wrapping the same gift in two different ways.

First Furoshiki Method- Yotsu Musubi

The first way is called Yotsu Musubi, aka the 4 tie wrap.

First you iron the handkerchief flat.

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

Rotate the handkerchief and place the small box in the center.

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

Take the top and lower corner of the handkerchief and tie it in a knot.

Now take the right and left sides of the handkerchief and tie a knot.

Second Furoshiki Method- Modified Otsukai Tsutsumi

The second way we are going to wrap the box is a modified Otsukai Tsutsumi, aka the basic carrying wrap.

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

First you iron the hanky flat.

Rotate the hanky and place the box in the center of the hanky.

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

Next fold the top and the bottom of the hanky over to create two small triangles.

Fold the bottom of the hanky up to cover the top of the box.

Now fold over the top of the hanky over to meet in the center.

Now take both ends of the hanky (left and right) and tie it in the center.

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

Now wasn’t that super easy? Which way is your favorite way to wrap?

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I would love to see embroidered pillowcases in colors.

I give homemade jam at Christmas and this is such a cute idea to wrap jars in. thank you!

I used Christmas hankies to wrap gifts the Christmas and my friends were delighted! I simply gathered the fabric together at the top of the box, secured it with a rubber band, and then tied a pretty ribbon around it to hide the rubber band. Fluffed out at the top, the hankies looked beautiful.

Next time I’ll try these other methods. Super easy and cute!

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Tie up dried aromatic flowers (buy or dry yourself) in handkerchiefs to give to the women in your family. These are especially nice if the handkerchiefs belonged to a grandmother or aunt. My relatives loved theirs.

Supplies:

Vintage handkerchiefs
Sachet flowers
Rubber bands
Thin satin ribbon (1/8 to 1/4-inch wide)

Approximate Cost

Handkerchiefs: $1 to $3 apiece
Sachet: not more than $5
Rubber bands and ribbon: $3

Strategy

The hardest part is finding a floral sachet with a wonderful smell. Last September, I bought some homemade sachet by the ounce from a woman who grows flowers and sells them at the farmer’s market. I’ve also bought a pot of lavender in the spring, then cut and dried it in the fall (That might not help you this year, but put it on your to-do list for spring.) Check the more unusual gift stores in your town (not the mall, generally) for a homegrown sachet.

Hand wash and iron the handkerchiefs. Pour about 1/2 cup of sachet into the center of the handkerchief. Gather up the ends and wrap a rubber band around the part near the ball of sachet, so the sachet is tightly enclosed. Tie a matching ribbon around the rubber band, making a bow with long ends. Either tie a tiny gift card on with the ribbon or wrap the sachet as you would any other gift. (Gift bags work well.)

I’m a sucker for all things vintage and sentimental, so loving repurposed vintage hankies comes naturally to me. Even though they’re meant to blow your nose in them.

Can you believe our grannies did that into this beautiful fabric?

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Since making our DIY Vintage Hankie Garland a few months ago, I’ve seen several amazing projects using repurposed vintage hankies.

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

I thought it would be fun to share a bunch of creative projects using repurposed vintage hankies to get your creative wheels turning!

Most of these have tutorials if you click through to the corresponding links. But even the ones that don’t have a how-to are still inspiring and simple enough that we could all probably figure it out.

Ideas for Repurposed Vintage Hankies

Vintage Hankies Quilt – by Polkadot Chair

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief Repurposed Vintage Hankies Collar – by Black and White

Vintage Hankie Reusable Bowl Covers – by House of Hawthornes

Vintage Hankie Bows – by Little Wise Foundry

Vintage Hankie Wreath – by Jill Ruth & Co

Vintage Hankie-covered Buttons – by Isa Creative Musings

Vintage Linen Table Runner – by Flamingo Toes

Vintage Hankie Necklace – by Flamingo Toes

Repurposed Vintage Hankies in a Frame – by Blu Kat Designs

More framed Vintage Hankies! – Apartment Therapy

Using Vintage Hankies for giftwrap! – by Almost 40 Year Old Intern

Vintage Hankie Zipper Pouch – by Aftcra

Aren’t these some amazing ideas for using that beautiful fabric from vintage hankies? I hope you were inspired to DO something with you stash instead of just leaving them in a drawer.

And if you DON’T have any vintage hankies, I see them all the time at yard sales and antique stores for cheap. It’s so exciting to find these little beautiful pieces of history!

Tag us in your vintage hankie projects on Instagram! We’re @RealityDaydream .

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Disposible tissues have replaced the hanky as a useful textile. Today the hanky is just an obsolete accessory until it becomes a vintage & collectible hanky.

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

Most vintage hankies are basically square; a few floral prints are round and the lipstick hanky is rectangular, resembling a tiny, pocket-size towel (usually red). Children’s hankies range from about 8″ to 12″, ladies’ from about 10″ to 18″ and men’s up to 24″. The favored fabric is lawn linen, a very finely woven grade, soft and almost, but not quite, sheer. Cotton is acceptable, particularly in children’s or work hankies. Some very beautiful hankies were made in the Orient; silk flosses hand embroidered on silk. The best hankies usually have a hand-rolled hem, which looks the same front and back.

A common problem of the beginning collector is mistaking something something else for a hanky. Because some vendors simply present a basket of little, lovely pieces, you need to use your own discretion. Cocktail and tea napkins are the appropriate size but not always the right shape or fabric. Take a second look if it’s not square. Napkins are usually a heavier, stiffer fabric, not almost sheer. Organdy, while wonderfully sheer and dainty, is stiff and would feel unpleasant on your face. If it’s larger than your usual hanky and silky, it’s probably a scarf. If it’s round or oval and lacy, it’s probably a doily.

I know . a lot of usually and probably here; but that’s life in the vintage hankies world.

Vintage, by definition means older. The automobile industry uses the term “pre-owned”. Vintage hankies evoke a touch of nostalgia, sentimentality. You may picture the original bride or child who owned your hanky.

Vintage ladies handkerchiefs make a wonderful collectible, and they are still quite affordable. People often ask me though, What do you do with them? How can you display them?

Here are a few ideas for you.

My daughter was fortunate enough to have the same initial as her great grandmother, so she was able to use her vintage handkerchief for her wedding. We incorporated the hankie right into the bouquet.

wedding photos courtesy of Genevieve Fridley Photography

If you are not fortunate enough to have your grandmothers original handkerchief, be sure to click here to see our

You can display them framed in clear acrylic clip frames. They can also be stretched over a square painters canvas using double sided tape to hold them in place. You can arrange 8 of these above a bed to create a headboard.

Use them as doilies on tables & nightstands,

Show then off under glass on a coffee table

Sew into quilts, pillows, sachets, tablecloths, or potholders
Make a baby bonnet from a white hankie to be used years later as wedding handkerchief
Make a valance by clipping them onto top of curtain with clothespins Display them in a vase or hang them from a towel bar
Wrap small gifts with them, make hankie angels or hankie dolls,

Darling Christmas Stocking Ornaments

Use as a cuff on a solid colored stocking

Make a baby’s first blankie

Sew a monogrammed hankie onto the front of a little girls bib overalls

Use them to line your Longerberger baskets (or others)

Trim the edges with beads & make a “cozy” for your teacups

MAKE PRETTY SACHETS

Tie them to your suitcase handle so you can identify your suitcase at the airport!

CUPCAKE Birthday Cards With Hankie Handkerchiefs

Use monogrammed handkerchiefs for the “something old or something blue” for a bride to be,

Give as gift to bridesmaids, flower girls, mother of bride or groom

Display them hung by little wooden clothespins on a vintage indoor clothesline, or satin ribbon

A customer gave me this idea to pass along. She is giving a monogrammed hankie to her son’s girlfriend as a small gift for her prom night. A nice tradition to start!

Use as a curtain topper

A customer Sherrie made this fabulous valance all with NANALULU’S Hankies Isn’t that clever!

Another customer idea! They look lovely draped over a nitelight for soft romantic lighting.

I recently saw these on a blog and just had to add them here, the idea is just adorable. SAVE THE DATE Hankies. How unique!

You can also use them for wedding invitations as shown on this website:

birdandbanner.com/french-flea-market/

Well I will tell you I never would have thought of this, but it is fun to watch!

How to make a ’camisole’(in fact an early bra) out of a pair of handkerchiefs. It may be similar to the one made by the New York socialite, Mary Phelps-Jacob, – later patented by her, with a more complex form – in 1914. Almost certainly the model wears it over her shift for reasons of cinematic propriety. British Pathe archivist dates it to around 1921.

Hello, Mini Quilt Swappers! Remember: the deadline for mailing your mini quilt is August 20, so don’t delay!

Today we’re rounding up a variety of ideas for creative gift wrap. Whether you’re participating in our Mini Quilt Swap or you’ve just got birthdays and other holidays to plan for, our list of gift wrapping ideas should help you think outside the box … or gift bag! (We touched on this a little bit in our post on Swap Etiquette , but here’s an expanded version.)

Creative Packaging Ideas + Ways to Wrap a Gift:

  1. Wrapped up Extra Fun: Use objects you have in or near your home to add to the bow on top of your gift. Take a ribbon and thread it through a seashell or sand dollar (if you live near the beach), or use buttons, beads, or even jingle bells from your craft supplies. This way your gift recipient gets a little bonus on top of her package!
  2. Perfect Paper: Who says you need to use regular wrapping paper? Get creative with your gift wrap – use magazine pages, brown kraft paper or paper grocery bags, sheet music or pages from old books that are falling apart! If you’re really creative, you can even find a way to tie in the type of paper you use to the theme of your gift or your recipients’ tastes! (Tip: We wouldn’t use newspaper to wrap a quilt, as the ink might smear onto the fabric.)
  3. Pony Up: Tie a bagged gift with a decorative ponytail holder or stretch headband, or affix one to the top of a gift wrapped with ribbon. Now your recipient has a stylish new hair accessory to go with her gift! (Tip: Instead of a hair tie, try a brooch pinned to the top of your package!)
  4. Way to Washi: Grab your stash of washi tape and put it to good use! A gift wrapped in plain-colored paper gets instant pizzazz with a dose of Washi. (Tip: Don’t have a washi tape stash? That’s okay – use stamps or stickers instead, or regular ribbon stuck on with double-sided tape!)
  5. Stash Enhancement: Wrap a gift for a creative friend with a piece of fabric – depending on the size of the gift, even a fat quarter might be enough! Wrap the fabric around the gift as if it were paper, and secure it with ribbon or washi tape. Now your recipient has new fabric for her stash and a gift from you! (Tip: A vintage handkerchief, dish towel, or a bandana will also work this way!)
  6. Artistic Inspiration: Get your kids in on the fun of wrapping a gift! Give them a large piece of paper and ask them to draw a picture, and then use that paper to wrap the gift. This is especially nice when you’re sending gifts to relatives who will appreciate the artwork as much as what’s inside.
  7. Three Cheers: Your gift recipient will cheer for a gift wrapped in pom poms – make a basic pom pom yarn garland and use it to wrap your gift. Then your recipient can hang it up in her home for a bright pop of color!
  8. Domo Origato: Use the Japanese art of origami to decorate the top of your package! This list from DIY Dreamer will give you all the tutorials you need to top your packages with stars, bows, butterflies, and more!

Do YOU have a favorite method to DIY your gift wrap? Share it with us in the comments below! And don’t forget to mail those mini quilts by August 20!

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How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

Comments

This was a great post! I mailed my mini quilt on Saturday and used some of these ideas for the packaging! Thank you

Thanks so much Stephany! I can’t wait to see what you put together.

VINTAGE HANDKERCHIEFS
Vintage ladies handkerchiefs make a wonderful collectible, and they are still quite affordable. People often ask me though, What do you do with them? How can you display them?
Here are a few ideas for you.

You can display them framed in clear acrylic clip frames. They can also be stretched over a square painters canvas using double sided tape to hold them in place. You can arrange 8 of these above a bed to create a headboard.

Use them as doilies on tables & nightstands,

Show then off under glass on a coffee table

Sew into quilts, pillows, sachets, tablecloths, or potholders

Make a baby bonnet from a white hankie to be used years later as wedding handkerchief

Make a valance by clipping them onto top of curtain with clothespins

Display them in a vase or hang them from a towel bar

Wrap small gifts with them, make hankie angels or hankie dolls,

Sew a monogrammed hankie onto the front of a little girls bib overalls

Use them to line your Longerberger baskets (or others)

Trim the edges with beads & make a “cozy” for your teacups

Tie them onto your ponytail, belt loop, or purse,

Tie them to your suitcase handle so you can identify your suitcase at the airport!

Tuck them into birthday, get well or any holiday card

Use monogrammed handkerchiefs for the “something old or something blue” for a bride to be,

Give as gift to bridesmaids, flower girls, mother of bride or groom

Display them hung by little wooden clothespins on a vintage indoor clothesline, or satin ribbon

A customer gave me this idea to pass along. She is giving a monogrammed hankie to her son’s girlfriend as a small gift for her prom night. A nice tradition to start!

Another customer idea! They look lovely draped over a nitelight for soft romantic lighting.

Click Here TO PURCHASE PRETTY HANKIES!

From backcountry bandanas to delicate hankies, these small scraps of fabric pack a big decorative punch. Match your handkerchief style to your decor. Use bandanas in country designs or rooms with bold color. Try mens’ handkerchiefs in industrial-style rooms. Opt for lacy hankies in shabby chic decor and floral designs in a farmhouse look.

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

Make an ethereal runner from dainty handkerchiefs. Choose a selection of similar fabrics and tones, in this case all pastels.

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

Assembling the runner couldn’t be easier. Cut small squares of fusible webbing, place it between the corners of two hankies and iron until well bonded.

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

Continue to add handkerchiefs until you have the length that suits your table.

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

Make a pretty pillow from a decorative hankie. Trace around the handkerchief onto a piece of backing fabric and cut out. Press ¼-inch of the raw edges of the backing fabric to the back side. Place the backing fabric on the hankie, back sides together and pin in place. Stitch around each side, leaving an opening to insert the pillow form or batting.

Insert the form or batting. Finish the opening by sewing shut with a whip stitch. For a no-sew option, press Sealah tape along each edge of a pillow form. Press the hankie evenly over the form, leaving a flanged edge.

How to wrap a gift in a vintage handkerchief

Jazz up your craft space with embellished pincushions and small storage boxes.

Gather your materials

  • Handkerchiefs
  • Tomato pincushion
  • Embroidery floss
  • Basic sewing tools
  • Fabric glue
  • Small piece of green felt
  • Small gift box

Remove the strawberry from a purchased pincushion and cover with a scrap of handkerchief fabric. Cut a circle from a hankie that equals the measured circumference of the pincushion.

One-quarter inch from the edge, sew a gathering stitch around the circle, place it over the top of the pincushion, and pull the thread to gather the fabric beneath.

Knot the embroidery floss at the top and wrap it around the cushion several times. Cut a six-point star shape from the felt and draw a tail of the floss through the felt to reattach the strawberry. Glue the felt to the top.

To cover a small box, cut embellishments from a handkerchief. Wrap the gift box with remaining hankie fabric and secure with glue. Glue embellishments in place on box top and bottom.