I am very much into painting on the Vintage Hankies. But I decided that today I would work on making them into scarves. I have tons of hankies and can always paint more. Also, it’s good for me to see how the different designs work when they’re all put together into one piece.
First I ironed all the hankies. This will set the paint as well as flatten the hankies for sewing.
Then I played around with a few designs laying them out on my floor. I decided to use five of the bigger hankies in each scarf. That makes them just about 70″ long. I’ll use more smaller hankies in each scarf depending on their size and how many it takes to make the scarf just as long.
Then I found some fabric that I thought would make a good backing. I have a few different pieces to choose from. Some bright white with printed white designs on them and another that is a warmer white with a small white flower print.
I needed something that wouldn’t compete with my painting but had the right feeling to go with them.
I sewed the hankies together using two top stitches. Then, sewed the backing on and did a single top stitch along the edges.
Below is my first scarf. I’ll be making more. I already have a list of people who want to buy them. After that, I’ll put them up for sale in my Etsy Shop.
My First Painted Hankie scarf