Why not turn those handkerchiefs into a garland? I've got both a no-sew and sew option...so keep on reading.
Don't have a collection of hankies? Flea markets, Etsy and ebay are great places to hunt for them. They typically run between $1-$4 per handkerchief.
Since the likelihood is great that the hankies were indeed used to dry tears and wipe noses, I start by washing them in a gentle cycle. After they've been washed, I iron the handkerchiefs, folded into a triangle across the bias, and apply starch to give the delicate hankies some structure.
First up, the sew version. *Keep reading for the no-sew version.
Grab some double biased tape. Open the double biased tape and nestle the long folded section of the handkerchief in between, pinning it into place.
Continue pinning each hankie into place. I lined my hankies up so where one ended the next one began.
Head to your sewing machine. Doing either a straight stitch or zigzag, sew the handkerchiefs into place.
When you are done, find someplace to hang them up...
I've got a no-sew version for you as well.
Fold your handkerchiefs up and pin them into place on either twine or the bias tape with clothespins.
No sewing required.
You can also use some bandanas.
Another no sew option, just place the bandanas over the twine or bias tape.
Sew or no-sew, this hankie garland is easy enough that it should case any tears.
Of course, if it does, you can always dry your tears or wipe your nose with one of your hankies :)
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