I've said it a million times... heirloom projects are the absolute best. Recently, a sweet young lady who slings coffee and pastry a few doors down from my shop brought in a vintage handkerchief that belonged to her grandfather who had recently passed away.
Her grandpa's hanky is a classic example of what comes to mind when you think "handkerchief". The bright red with white and black paisley accents is such a nostalgic pattern - especially here in the North Dakota where these little bits of fabric seem to serve as flags for the resourceful type of people that call the Midwest home.
I personally love hankies ... though some may find them gross I see them as yet another practical and sustainable solution in a world where so much of what we use is disposable. Sure, you can use these handy little squares to blow your nose in but they're really the most simple multifunctional accessory there is. Napkin, headband, tissue, towel, wrapper, bag... the list can go on and on.
While Laura loved the look of her grandpa's handkerchief and all of the memories it brought back, she wanted something that she could wear and use more often. We decided that a headband and pair of earrings would be the best fit for her style.
We chose a fun contrast fabric for the double sided headband that Laura can wear with her whole wardrobe (it's an awesome bright but earthy pattern that features beautiful peacock feathers) and we carefully chose which part of the hanky to highlight in the fabric earrings we made her.
It's always fun to see fabrics transformed into new accessories but it's all the more wonderful to know that an item that may have been saved for memory's sake will be worn often and with pride just because of a few simple stitches.
If you have a special shirt or hanky you'd like turned into a one of a kind AENDEE heirloom accessory, get in touch through the Contact page.