I am always on the looking for fun vintage goodies at the thrift stores – you can usually find much better prices on things there rather than antique stores. Though sometimes they are a little more “loved”. And by loved I mean stains and holes and such. But sometimes you can get great deals because of that! Those pieces are perfect for crafting and sewing. It makes it a lot easier to cut into them that way too.
That is just the case with this little easy vintage handkerchief necklace! This handkerchief was a mess – with big holes in it. But it also had these sweet little embroidered flowers – just waiting to be rescued.
The necklace is unbelievably easy so that’s a bonus and it would be a great gift! Oooooh – or a way to preserve a family keepsake!
You’ll just need a few supplies –
- A Glass Pendant Frame – check your local craft store or Etsy. I got mine here.
- Vintage handkerchief, runner or other pretty piece
- Clear glue
For your frame, you basically want a piece that has glass on both sides. This piece has a hinge on one side, and a little lock on the other.
Try out your pendant on a few different pieces or sections to see what you like best. Trace around the pendant then cut out your piece.
Trim a little further around your handkerchief until if fits into the frame with no overlap. Add just a bit of clear glue around the edges so the fabric doesn’t shift, then place in your pendant. I recommend gluing the little lock closed as well or it could slip open.
Now all you need to do is add your pendant to a chain and you’re done. See? Soooo easy!
I just love that colorful embroidery!
If you make one up I’d love to see it! I think I’ll be making a few more – I have found several more pieces that will look great as necklaces!