Friday, September 11, 2009

Project Day: Vintage Hankerchief Curtain







As promised I have made something using part of my collection of vintage hankies. I had quite a few children's ones so I decided to make a little curtain for my daughters room. Here's how:
  • Measure your window length and depth. In my case it was approx 1.6m long x 1m drop.
  • A standard hanky measures approx 25-30cm square, so I made my curtain 7 hankies across and 2 down. This allowed a little extra length so the curtains could 'gather' on the rod. And I wanted it to sit short of the window base. Add more or less to your own taste.
  • Arrange and then sew all the hankies together. Don't worry if it's not perfect, that's what we are aiming for.
  • With a piece of contrasting fabric (I chose pink gingham) sew in an opening for your curtain rod.
  • Iron / press & hang!
This took me a few hours as I cant sew very well (thanks for letting me use your machine mum). I think the result is a little shabby, imperfect and WoNDERFUL! Have great weekend in the sunshine. Simone xx

53 comments:

  1. I love it! So cute! I wish I could sew! :)

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  2. That is adorable! I've just discovered your blog and loving it.

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  3. What a sweet idea! It's so pretty.

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  4. I'm just loving the pastels with the brights! It's super duper, Simone! ♥

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  5. QUÉ LINDO!!!!!!!how beautifull!!!!!!!and l like watching you there in the machine working!!!l think your daughter will be very very very happy with her new joyfull beautifull vintage and unique curtain!!! have a very happy weekend!!!!!besosss!!!

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  6. Simone, that is just too lovely for words. I love it, you are very clever. Where would we be without our mums? cheers Katherine

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  7. I am so thrilled you did this post, Simone as I have been itching to do a similar thing. I am pants at sewing but I'll have a bash. Oh, first I will have to collect enough hankies. I have enough for my daughter's dollhouse at the moment. I also saw another lovely idea of converting your children's favourite clothes into quilts! I loved that as some of the dresses ets are hard to part with.
    Enjoy your weekend. xx

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  8. Your daughter is one lucky gal...so so lovely..I guess I need to start collecting vintage hankies now!

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  9. That is really wonderful! You know when I saw your earlier post on the hankies I thought 'curtain!' but I didnt say anything - and look what you made!!!
    You should be very pleased with what you have made. It looks divine!!
    And here's me wanting to make one too now but what do boys with visions of Star Wars and Castles in their heads want with a pretty Hankie curtain.....
    :) Irene x

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  10. Simone,

    You are one clever Sheila! Get ready for lots of copycats.

    Marjorie

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  11. That's a gorgeous idea Simone, it looks so pretty! Have a great weekend too xxx

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  12. how precious..the images are so darling. if she outgrows the pretty curtains, you could always sew them into throw pillow covers. these are just too cute to keep stored away out of sight. they must make you smile every time you look at them. xo

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  13. the curtain is adorable!! You have been busy lately I loved looking at Apartment Therapy and your vintage fabric pencils! gorgeous!!!

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  14. Beyond cute! Such a clever gal, making such a happy home.

    ~Julia

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  15. What an amazing collection of hankies you must have if this is only half of it. Its looking very cute, your lil girl is very lucky to have such a creative mum. Loving that pink chair n pom pom cushion too.
    Have a fabulous weekend!

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  16. Simone, great to see all those lovely hankies fluttering about and showing off all their pretty colours.

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  17. What an excellent result for something that took only a couple of hours! Nice work!!
    Cheers, Karen

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  18. I love this gorgeous idea - the perfect use for these wonderfully colourful little works of art. Leigh

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  19. lovely idea! i made a shabby, imperfect and wonderful quilt for my first baby from my childhood hankies, but now wish i had more. glad i discovered you, thanks to josephine!

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  20. So cute! What a great idea for a child's room.

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  21. I'm about to get a sewing machine, even though I've never used one.I guess it helps for when you get such creative ideas...xx

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  22. Adorable! I need to figure out how to use my sewing machine so I can attempt to make cute things like that.

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  23. These are adorable for a girls room. It's a very long time ago since I operated a sewing machine!

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  24. Very, very cute! It looks like you can sew just fine. Good job!!!!!

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  25. this is adorable and gulp, inspiring. i have yet to make anything with my sewing machine and it's almost 2 years old. this looks, gulp, do-able.

    thank you!

    xo

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  26. So sweet... love love love what you have done.. you have such a talent!!!
    Happy weekend!
    x Trina

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  27. What an original idea, it's absolutely brilliant!

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  28. hello, how adorable is that curtain?! I bet your little daughter loves it.
    ♥ Rebecca

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  29. Oh, how delightfully creative you are! So glad I found you.

    Have a wonderful weekend! Lylah

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  30. hi Simone...gorgeous lot of vintage hankies..
    & a GREAT project...looks beautiful...

    OKAY...two things ...

    wish I could sew...
    wish I had have had a daughter!! (not whingeing...love my TWO ADULT BOYS!!)...But just never got to experience girlie thingeys!!

    ps...DONT mention grandchildren!!! (jee wiz..they are just 22 & 20 yrs old)!!!

    look forward to your next post..

    xx andrea

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  31. Wow, what a fabulous idea. I am definitely inspired to make an a'tishoo curtain of my own, thank you :)

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  32. Gorgeous Gorgeous.. You are too clever. Love the little pink mouse in the there. x Julie

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  33. What a sweet and clever project.Just flagging up with peeps that I comment on.That My Passport to Style is now inviting women to ask for Style Advice, by leaving me a question all that is required is that you are a follower and subscribe to my posts.One question a month will be chosen at random and will feature along with the answer on My Passport to Style. Sharon xx http://www.mypassporttostyle.blogspot.com

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  34. Cute hankies I bet your daughter loves it Simone!! What a cute chair too
    your so creative ;)

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  35. I love this! I have many, many vintage hankies, and you have inspired me with this project!
    xo Gigi

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  36. This is so pretty! Great idea! I bet she loves it!

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  37. I think the result is LOVELY! You must be so happy!
    You did a fabulous job!
    All the best,
    Eileen

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  38. Absolutely adorable. Very sweet for a little girls room. Thanks for the step by step...now I just need to learn how to sew!

    Chelsea

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  39. from someone else who also collects vintage hankies this is just sooo sweet. great job!

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  40. adorable curtain! I was in a local consignment store yesterday picking up a few vintage hankies to make a pennant banner (see my blog) and she told me about making a bed dust ruffle out of vintage hankies, same idea as your curtain. SO...thinking this was a fab idea, I am now going to be on the hunt for more, more, more hankies...which by the way are super hard to find here!

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  41. I just came across your blog. Love the curtain, such a cute idea!

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  42. LOVE IT!! I'll be linking tomorrow! Let me know if that's not okay.
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  43. This is adorable...like the curtain..easy to follow.
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  44. The vintage handkerchief curtains shown here are excellent have a look at it

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