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  1. Marilyn L Foster says:

    Thanks for the inspiration for old hankies. I just got three old valentine hankies out. I will look through my collection for more. I may even just fold them, no sewing and display them under a clear plate for a centerpiece. I love my old hankies, many were my Grandmother’s. I use them too.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      So glad you’re inspired to get them out and enjoy!

  2. Your Valentine charger came out so well. I have a note in my linen drawers in my vintage booth saying that these are NOT your grandmother’s linens and it is OK to cut them up for projects. I’m so glad you found a way to display your Grandmother’s hankies as they are usually just relegated to the back of a drawer unseen! I love finding ways to use the “wounded” (holey, torn, stained) ones–dollclothes, sachets, etc.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Yes, love finding a new way to appreciate these old treasures!

  3. Wow! Such a sweet project! I love to see new ways of using old things. Thank you.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Glad you liked it, Anne! There’s plenty old to new projects here!

  4. I’m just wild about this idea Lora–SO creative and unique. And so very special too, a beautiful remembrance of your grandma.

    1. Thanks, Diana! I’m so glad you liked it! Don’t think I would have even tried it if it weren’t for our theme this month!

  5. Shelly Torola says:

    Another winner! I’ll be digging in my stash of linen – hope I haven’t donated all the vintage hankies I had! I did a major purge about a year ago & now wish I hadn’t been quite so hasty. Sigh-
    Oh well, if all the good ones are gone it’ll be something fun to search for! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks, Shelly! Even I’ve given things away that I regretted later:( Good news is…there’s always more to find! Spring church sales are right around the corner;)

    1. Thanks, Linda:) I do treasure all the items I still have from my grandma’s, but I love to figure out a new way I can enjoy them!

  6. Be still my hanky loving heart–this is gorgeous! Absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    1. I’m glad you liked it, Cecilia! And now I can set a pretty Valentine’s table with my other love-dishes;)

  7. Your charger is absolutely gorgeous Lora! I love that you were brave and cut up those hankies so you could enjoy them as something both usable and beautiful. Great project!

    1. Thanks, Tuula! I guess if they’re not going to be used to wipe noses anymore, they can change into something entirely different!

  8. Oh my goodness Lora, this is so beautiful! I bet it was hard to cut up your grandmother’s hankies but isn’t it so much better to be able to enjoy them?!


  9. Really enjoyed your tutorial: I have never used a rotary cutter. I immediately started to problem solve for the one that you didn’t like as well. Pomander with potpourri, doll overskirt or umbrella, pillowtop with a button in the middle? I’m sure that after you look at it for a while, a good usage will present itself!

    1. I’ m so glad you liked it , Kathy! I think if I swap out those 2 wavy edge pieces & replace them, I could be happy. Need to have more than one charger!

  10. Your Grandma’s collection of hankies are so pretty! I felt nervous for you reading the party about cutting them. I’m with you in preferring round or unique shapes for placemats rather than traditional rectangles. Your handkerchief charger for Valentine’s Day is darling!

    1. Thanks, Marie! I get scared every time I use the rotary cutter, because it’s so sharp & there’s no going back once you’ve cut it wrong! Luckily I only biffed once this time;)

  11. How lovely. I am really into chargers and this is a great idea. I really like the idea of using Grandma’s hankies in a way that you will enjoy. But yes so scary cutting them.