How To Make A Hankie Wreath

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One of the best things about our business is that we constantly get emails from our customers inquiring about how to make a certain hankie craft. Often we already have the hanky craft already available to our customers but sometimes we don’t. This is one that we didn’t.

Susan from Pennsylvania contacted me a month ago and wrote “Jennifer, thank you so much for providing excellent craft tutorials. I made your hankie bunny last Easter and it turned out GREAT! This year, I would like to make a Spring hankie wreath to match. Any suggestions?” After giving it some thought, I came up with these easy to follow instructions.

Hope you enjoy it!

The materials for the handkerchief wreath is one 6″ embroidery hoop, 15 coordinating ladies handkerchiefs, 15 small rubber bands (I “stole” my daughter’s rainbow loom rubber bands) and 5/8″ ribbon (approximately 4 feet long).

First you are going to separate the embroidery hoop into two separate pieces. For this craft we are only using the hoop that does not have the metal bracket on it. We will save the other side for a different craft (hopefully coming soon).

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Next you are going to fold one of the handkerchiefs into fourths. Orient the hankie so that the “center” of the hankie is facing the top right.

(Optional step: Before folding each handkerchief into fourths, starch and iron your handkerchiefs. A stiffer handkerchief will hang a little better, especially at the top of the hanky wreath)

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Next you will take the top left corner of the hankie and fold it diagonally down to meet roughly in the center.

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Take the bottom right corner of the hanky and diagonally fold it up to meet approximately in the center also. The sides will overlap slightly.

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You are now going to attach the handkerchief to the hoop. Lay the hoop on top of your handkerchief (approximately 1/3 of the way down from the point)

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Fold the point over and around the hoop.

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Use one of the small rubber bands to wrap around both sides of the handkerchief. I looped the handkerchief twice but depending on your rubber band size, you may need to loop it around multiple times.

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If done correctly, it should look like this.

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Repeat the above steps with the next handkerchief.

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And the next…

Continue to repeat the above steps on all the remaining handkerchiefs. In my case, I’m alternating between the two different handkerchiefs that I’m using for this craft.

(Editor’s note: You do not have to use the same handkerchiefs. You can mix and match depending on your tastes)

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Repeat until all the handkerchiefs have been used. Flip over the hanky wreath.

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You are going to finish the handkerchief wreath with ribbon. The ribbon will fill in the gaps between the hankies on the wreath and also add a nice finishing touch.

First you are going to take a coordinating ribbon and tie it around one of the hankies, leaving approximately a one foot ribbon tail.

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Next you are going to wind the ribbon around and in between each of the hankys.
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Once you have finished winding the ribbon around the entire wreath, tie off the ribbon where you started and then tie a bow. Trim the ribbon tails to your desired length.Wreath15

Voila! Isn’t this spring hankie wreath lovely?

(Editor’s note: I also made a larger wreath, using an 8″ embroidery hoop.  For this wreath I used 17 handkerchiefs and made the handkerchiefs a little more compact by placing the folded hankie a little farther down underneath the embroidery hoop- step 4)

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Craft Materials

15 vintage inspired hankies {Bumblebee Linens}
15 small rubber bands
1 6″ embroidery hoop {Michaels}
4 feet ribbon (5/8″ thick)

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4 thoughts on “How To Make A Hankie Wreath

  1. Shirley Morton says:

    I love the vintage hankie wreath
    How do you keep the top hankies from drooping when you hang the wreath?
    Thanks

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    1. Jen says:

      I slightly starched my hankies before making the craft but you can also hand “sew” the hankies together in the back with a simple running stitch.

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  2. Karen says:

    This is absolutely adorable but I think my husband would kill me if I spent $120 on 15 hankies

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  3. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    When my mother passed a away a few years ago, I received her hankies and made a wreath, small pillow cover as well as a small table runner using her hankies. Keepsakes that I can pass onto my 2 daughters later on. Right now I’m collecting hankies that I find at Antique Malls, etc for me to make a couple pillow cases.

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