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DIY Embroidered Handkerchiefs

Are you a vintage lover in the true sense of the term, with a soft spot for anything of a nostalgic style? We certainly are, and we don’t mind whether it’s fashion, décor, or even just simple aesthetic detail and habit. In fact, we love vintage things so much that we actually recently made the switch from packing disposable tissues in our purses to using fresh handkerchiefs each day. Besides being a sentimental callback to days of old, using handkerchiefs is a great way to reduce the amount of waste your household produces on a regular basis. Beyond that, handkerchiefs are just plain adorable and useful for all kinds of things!

As you can probably guess, we’re also huge fans of vintage inspired DIY projects. That’s something that merges perfect with our newfound appreciation for handkerchiefs, as well as our love for practicing our needlepoint skills! Check out these 15 fantastic design ideas for hand embroidering a vintage handkerchief to put a new twist on it or embroidering a new one in a traditional style to give it an old-timey feel.

1. Crying eye handkerchief

Crying eye handkerchief

Are you the kind of person who’s always appreciated unique visuals and symbolism? In that case, this cute little crying eye stitching pattern from Honestly WTF might be the perfect embroidery idea for you! We love the idea of embroidering such a pattern onto a handkerchief because you might actually use it to dry your eyes someday. It’s literal at the same time as it’s artistic.

2. Tiny embroidered flowers

Tiny embroidered flowers

Are you only just learning about hand stitching and embroidery and you’re still practicing your techniques? Then finding simple pattern ideas like these adorable little flowers in a bed of grass is a great way to perfect your skills. This idea from Sew Guide is easy enough that you’ll enjoy doing it and learning something, but still nice enough that you’ll be very satisfied with your final product!

3. Themed quote handkerchief

Themed quote handkerchief

Perhaps your embroidery skills have been getting a little bit better lately and you’ve been practicing creating letters but now you’re looking for a bit of a challenge? In that case, check out how The Bridal Box made these hilarious nose and crying themed quote handkerchiefs as a wedding favour! Making these is a great way to learn and practice your embroidered cursive.

4. Lace edged handkerchiefs

Lace edged handkerchiefs

There are no two ways about it; we’re total suckers for lace. In fact, we prefer the option that involves lace detailing in just about any capacity, whether we’re talking about things that are functional or decorative, store bought or homemade. That’s why we fell so in love with these handmade lace handkerchiefs from Bohemian Romance! Check out their tutorial to learn about not only adding a lace trim to your own handkerchiefs, but also creating a cute embroidered shape detailing that suits the look.