Easy Vintage Handkerchief Necklace

Easy Vintage Handkerchief Necklace

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.

Vintage Embroidered Handkerchief Necklace

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!

Pretty Vintage Handkerchief Necklace

Vintage Handkerchief Necklace DIY

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.

glass pendant frame

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.

vintage embroidered handkerchief

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.

Handkerchief in Glass

Now all you need to do is add your pendant to a chain and you’re done. See? Soooo easy!

Embroidered Pendant Necklace

Vintage Handkerchief Pendant

I just love that colorful embroidery!

Vintage Handkerchief Necklace

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!


  • Reply October 30, 2014

    Sarah Helene

    LOVE YOUR IDEA — crating a Vintage hanky pendant for a COOL necklace! Simple directions: cut the vintage embroidered roses portion of a vintage hanky & insert it in a glass-enclosed pendant! CLEVER INDEED! In fact, I have saved several fine linen ‘like-new’ hankies my mother gave me from her mother. They’re packed in a box for 40 years, so it’s time for me to follow your directions and bring them to the “light of day”! THANKS for sharing. Sarah in Minneapolis

  • Reply October 30, 2014


    This is stunning! You are so clever, and everything you make is so pretty!

  • Reply August 23, 2015


    Love it! Pinning to share!

  • Reply August 23, 2015

    Linda Sue

    What a great idea! I have a box of vintage ladies handkerchiefs I bought at auction a while back. I have been trying to decide what to make out of them, but I never once thought about this.

  • What a beautiful way to showcase such beautiful handiwork.

  • Reply August 24, 2015

    Lora Cotton

    This is absolute lovely. I too adore vintage handkerchiefs, and have several, though they are in storage in NC. I’m in SE TX. When I saw your name, though I had to share. You see, I gained my love via a friendship with a feisty gal, also known as “Bev”, though most of us who knew and loved her called her Ms. B. She was like a 2nd mother to me, and I was bff with her oldest daughter as well. I also claim the younger daughter, as a friend, but she lived in a different part of my home state (OH) so we didn’t get together as often. Anyway, Ms. B was a pistol, and you loved her or you didn’t. She battled valiantly for 10 yrs with cancer before loosing that battle, but she taught me so much about antiques, vintage and life in general. I just thought it was a reminder from her that she is still with me, to have another “Ms. B.” create a post about something that was so special to she and I. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • Reply August 25, 2015


    Hello, I’m here from Two Uses Tuesday! I really love this idea. I’ll have to try it out sometime- I have an old suitcase filled with vintage handkerchiefs! Thank you for the lovely DIY :)

  • Reply August 28, 2015

    Sarah R.

    Love this! You and I both share a real love for the vintage linens…I know I can’t get enough. Happy-almost-September and thank you for swinging by Snickerdoodle Sunday! Hope to see you again this weekend. :)

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  • Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we love partying with you! Hope to see you next Friday. :)

    Life With Lorelai

  • Reply September 1, 2015

    Mandee Thomas

    Perfection! Very creative. I wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see what you share with us this week. :)

  • Reply September 2, 2015

    Miss Manitas


  • Reply April 16, 2016


    What does the back look like?

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