Make colorful scarves out of handkerchiefs

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
SH13C054HOBBIES March 11, 2013 -- Embroidered and printed vintage handkerchiefs are easy to find and easier to make. (SHNS photo courtesy Dena Fishbein)

Lovely embroidered and printed vintage handkerchiefs are easy to find at the flea market. I pick them up whenever I find special ones that I love. There are all kinds of craft projects that you can use them for. And since I am almost always wearing a colorful scarf, this project seemed pretty perfect to me. You can easily customize them and make yours longer or shorter. You could also add some small white pompom trim at the ends of the scarf for extra cuteness.


5 coordinating handkerchiefs

Sewing machine, or needle for hand-sewing

Coordinating sewing thread


Lay out your handkerchiefs end to end to find your ideal layout. For example, you can have the handkerchiefs fade from lightest to darkest, or use all mix-and-match colors together.

Sew the handkerchiefs’ right sides together, so that all the seams are on the same side. Or if you want visible seams for visual interest, lay your handkerchiefs flat, one on top of the next one, so that the right side on the left faces the back side of the fabric to the right.

You can never have too many fabulous scarves. So what better way to build your collection than by making your own? And it is much faster than knitting.

Dena Fishbein is the designer and artist behind many home, gift and paper products found at your favorite stores. To ask her how to embellish anything, visit her blog at