Pretty Linen Things — Hanky Edition

My little brother got engaged a few months ago. Though they have yet to set a date, I’ve taken it upon myself to start picking up cute, dainty handkerchiefs for a wedding-related project and putting a spin onĀ “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”.

Here’s a preview of some of the pretty little hankies I’ve found at various estate sales in the last 5 months:

Pink cotton handkerchief with detailed embroidered edges.

Pink cotton handkerchief with detailed embroidered edges.

Pink cotton handkerchief with lace edges.

Pink cotton handkerchief with lace edges.

Vintage hankies

Vintage hanky haul.

I’ve been researching the best methods to freshen these up but if you have any suggestions on how to handle vintage linen, cotton, and silk hankies, then please leave a comment!

From Bedtime to Sink Skirt: How to Upcycle Vintage Sheets

At an estate sale in Pasadena a year or two back, I was fortunate to find some brightly colored sheets in impeccable shape. When I moved into my latest apartment I planned on transforming those sheets into a shower curtain for our claw-foot tub.

Sheets

Line dried vintage sheets.

Well, practicality took over and we opted not to do that. Instead, we shifted our focus to the naked area beneath the small sink in the bathroom. It had recently been transformed into a storage area for our emergency water and was now home to two 5-gallon jugs. Not the prettiest sight while you’re sitting on the porcelain throne.

My dear friend’s Mom was kind enough to lend her sewing skills one summer afternoon and created a lovely skirt to cover my jugs. I am much happier with the view.

Sink Skirt

The finished product, a dandy sink skirt.

Now on to create something with the striped sheet!