Colorful Vintage Handkerchief Valances

Colorful Vintage Handkerchief Curtains

In our sweet little new farmhouse in Tennessee I have a sewing room! (That deserves a few more !!!!!) Ok, it’s not just a sewing room, it’s a crafting, painting, jewelry, sewing room. What do they call those? Well, whatever it is, it’s all mine.

I’ve been working on getting some furniture set up in there and that’s involved some biggish time-consuming projects like painting and assembly. Not to mention all the organizing and putting everything away from the move. I wanted to do something in the meantime to make it feel more me – and something fast and easy!

So I raided my stash and did some ebay shopping. I changed out the heavy dark valances that were in the room and made up these pretty and colorful vintage handkerchief valances! I love them so much more.

Handkerchief Valances

There are a bunch of windows in the room so it really lightened the room and added a lot more color. Kato thinks so too.

Vintage Handkerchief Valances

Light Handkerchief Curtains

These were so fast to sew too! Here’s a sort of mini tutorial for you in case you want to do something similar.

For the valances, I overlapped the handkerchiefs so the prettiest edges were showing. I sewed straight seams down the overlapped sections to hold them together.

sewing handkerchiefs together

For the casings, I used double fold quilt binding. I pressed the binding open and cut them a little longer than each valance section.

Fold the ends in and sew the casings down just inside the top and bottom edges.

casing for valance

Then you just have to slip in whatever curtain rod you are using. I am using those inexpensive tension rods.

tension rod for valance

That’s it!

Vintage Handkerchief Valance

The light shines through them and looks so pretty!

Handkerchief Curtain valances

handkerchief curtains

Handkerchief Curtains DIY

What do you think? Would you ever use vintage items as curtains?


  • Reply September 20, 2014


    Thanks for this simple idea and great tutorial. I might make these for my vintage camper we are fixing up!

    Cindy Bee

    • May 3, 2016


      So Perfect! This is just what I was looking for and Yes I Use Napkins and even Pillow cases for window treatments I hope you do an article on that next.


  • Reply October 1, 2014

    Bridget from Cali

    Very pretty. I love ideas like this that illustrate how to show-off vintage collectibles.

  • Reply October 2, 2014


    What a great idea! I was thinking maybe a quilt top with mine, but this is adorable, and fast. Thanks so much. Adorable!

  • Reply October 22, 2014

    Annie Evans

    These are just DARLING! I have several hankies from childhood, my mother and both grandmothers! Think I will make these for my north kitchen window at the lake house, and for a home bathroom window. Really like the quilt binding trick — you are very creative!

  • Reply January 2, 2015

    candyce bennett

    Love how you did the binding. Many years ago a friend bought her first home, I had a huge collections of hankies, so I made her kitchen curtains for a housewarming gift. now I’ve a new stash so will be making myself some kitchen valances.

  • Reply August 26, 2015


    These are adorable and perfect for an idea I had for my half bathroom! Thanks for sharing this cute idea.

  • Reply October 21, 2015


    Love-Love-Love this idea!

  • Reply January 19, 2016

    Louise Klamouni

    Thank you so much Bev for the cute lovely idea! Going to make a valance for the kitchen!

  • Reply February 29, 2016


    I love this idea. I’ve been collecting vintage handkerchiefs for quite awhile. I’m going to do this in my kitchen!

  • Reply March 3, 2016


    My daughter has about 50 vintage hankies she wants me to make into valances and café curtains! Will be doing that this weekend most likely!

  • Reply April 7, 2016


    This is an adorable idea. I just love it. I plan to try it very soon. I like that you overlapped the handkerchief to expose the decorative edges.

  • Reply June 9, 2016


    Sweetest idea ever! Thanks for posting!

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