Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Some Childhood Hanky Panky!

Long ago (a year and a half ago at least!) I mentioned my hankies on this blog and promised someone to write a blog post about them at some point. Here it finally is!

Before the days of Kleenex and disposable facial tissues, these were my childhood hankies. I'm sure they didn't mean much to me while I was growing up and when Kleenex came along, I probably tucked them away in the back of a dresser drawer. We found them again when we went through my mom's farmhouse.
Here is Minnie Mouse baking a pie with the help of Jiminy Cricket while Donald and Pluto look on.
 Donald Duck in his sailboat while Huey, Dewey and Louie try to pull it in.
I'm wondering if there was a Mickey Mouse hankie that has gone missing. Does anyone know?
 Here's the Saggy Baggy Elephant. Doesn't look like this hankie was used too much as the colors are brighter than on the others! The stains are on the fold lines on most of the hankies but they have had some wear.
 Little Bo Peep with her sheep. I wondered who hemmed it!
 Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
This Little Pig Went to Market ...
 I don't think there are any nursery rhymes connected with the hankie above and below but if you recognize them, please let me know. I do have a few more than this.
I'm not sure what to do with my hankies. I'd like to make them into a wallhanging so I can display them occasionally but don't know what design or color scheme to use. They will all need a lightweight interfacing to keep them stable because all of them are very thin. Any ideas on what to do with them?

And one more thing ...

Thank you very much, Barb, for the box of selvages! It made my day yesterday and I'm looking forward to sorting through the selvages today!

Until next time, Mayleen


  1. Fun post. I have a small suitcase FULL of old hankies from DH's grandmother. She swapped them with friends. I have some of the letters they exchanged with the hankies. I suppose like some swap FQ's today? There are some good reference books for handkercheif collectors. I also have some of the hanky 'folders' they were kept in.
    Thank you for sharing yours!!

  2. Your hankies are so adorable! I inherited a few from my grandmother and mother, but they were of the "elegant" sort. Yours are just plain fun! I cut up and sewed mine into four quilted wall hangings that I gave to family members as keepsakes. The ideas I used were from the book "Hanky Panky" by Cindy Brick. If I still owned the book (I gave it away) I would send it to you! I'm sure you'll come up with a creative way to sew them together that will save the integrity of the cute pictures. I'll be watching to see what you do!

  3. Your handkerchiefs are wonderful! I grew up using boring kleenex. I think a wall hanging is an excellent idea - I recommend using polka dots somewhere!

  4. You are so welcome!!
    I adore your hankie collection. they are wonderful!
    Seems like I've seen them made into window valances. maybe in your sewing room? They are also just wonderful to look at and cherish.

  5. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, I had similar hankies when I was a child.

  6. Oh my!!!! Such gorgeous little hankies!! I don't remember my hankies being anywhere as nice as yours LOL!!!, I usually borrowed my father's hankies, in plaid cotton, ......those were the days aye!!! Great idea to incorporate them into some sort of quilt/wall-hanging, so you could enjoy them each day! Not sure what to suggest really about the method of stabilising them, I hope someone can help you out there!!!

  7. Those I wonderful, I think making a wallhanging with it would be perfect.