Things to Make Out of Men's Handkerchiefs

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Things to Make Out of Men's Handkerchiefs
Give new life to old handkerchiefs. (handkerchief image by AGphotographer from

Handkerchiefs are not as popular a commodity as they once were, and are now usually only seen as a decorative element in a man's suit pocket. If you have a bunch of men's handkerchiefs that need to be put to good use, there are a number of craft ideas you can explore.

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Handkerchief Window Valance

A colourful handkerchief valence can add interest to a window. Make sure the handkerchiefs you are using are clean and ironed flat. Sew two sets of seven handkerchiefs end to end. Place them on top of each other and sew them across the top edge. Sew another strip about 1 inch down from your first line of sewing. This will create a channel for your curtain rod.

Small Pillows

Create a simple, decorative pillow with two men's handkerchiefs. To make the pillow casing, place two handkerchiefs on top of each other, with the inside of the pillow case facing out (the good sides of the handkerchief should be facing in, touching each other. Sew the handkerchiefs together around the edges, keeping about 2 inches of the perimeter unsewn. Turn the pillow case inside out so that the good sides are now facing out. Stuff the 2-inch unsewn hole with batting and hand-stitch the hole shut.


Sachets are small cloth bags that contain potpourri and are kept in drawers and closets to keep them smelling fresh. To make a sachet, lay a handkerchief right side down. Place 2 tablespoons of potpourri in the centre of the fabric and gather the edges and tie them together with a string or piece of ribbon.

Table Runner

Arrange a number of handkerchiefs with the same colour scheme in an overlapping diagonal pattern down the middle of your table. When you have an arrangement that looks good, pin the handkerchiefs together and sew by hand or on a sewing machine.


If you have quilting experience you can sew different handkerchiefs together to make a pattern for the front of a quilt. Cut a large piece of fabric for the backing, sew the pieces together and fill with batting.

Sandwich Wrap

Instead of using disposable plastic sandwich bags in your kid's lunches, make some reusable sandwich wraps. Start with a clean handkerchief and sew in a food-safe vinyl lining. Add some Velcro for a closure and you have a sandwich wrap that can double as a place mat when opened up.

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