When I first started collecting vintage hankies, I was introduced to the “hankie safe”, a cloth cover in which ladies put their nicely starched and pressed hankies so they didn’t get dirty. For a while now, I have had a mess o’ hankies in the bottom of my purse. It wasn’t seemly to offer one to someone if it came out all manky from the bottom of my bag. I needed a Purse-sized Hankie Safe/Cover.
Here’s How I made it:
1. My folded hankie fit nicely on a 6 inch square, so that is where I started. I picked a beautiful hand printed fabric I made with my Gelli Plate, and this is a great project for your Gelli printed fabrics!
2. Cut your cover (printed) fabric to be exactly 6 inches square. Also cut 2 more 6 inch squares from a coordinating fabric. I chose white, but you could match your fabrics too.
3. Fold your coordinating fabrics corner to corner and press. (I am using white, but if you use a print, make sure it’s wrong sides together)
4. Lay your newly pressed triangles on top of the printed fabric (right side up).
5. Sew around the entire perimeter with a 1/4 inch seam. I made sure to reinforce the corners.
6. Clip the corners and turn inside out. Clip the inside corners closely.
7. I didn’t like how the folded cover made the raw edges stick out, so I used a whip stitch by hand to close up the edges.
8. You can further embellish with a pretty lace trim, or even a button to keep it closed. Enjoy your hankie cover, and now you can offer a hankie to someone without embarrassment, and keep them tidy in your purse.
Want to know how I folded the hankie to fit the cover? Here’s how!
1. My hankie is about 12 inches square unfolded. I got this one at Victorian Trading Co.
2. Fold in half, and then half again.
3. Fold one corner to meet the opposite corner.
4. Then fold again for a small compact hankie!
I hope you enjoy the Hankie cover tutorial, and please let me know if you make one!