Antique Handkerchief Table runner

Antique Handkerchief Table runner

Combine handkerchiefs to create a table runnner. This couldn't be easier!

What you need

Approximately 9 pretty handkerchiefs
Sewing thread to match


You are going to sew the handkerchiefs from the pointed end overlapping to the next handkerchief.

You need to lay them out on the table you are designing them for to see how many you need.

The centerpiece should be the largest handkerchief and then each following one should match the one directly opposite it on the other side of the center one.

Overlap them and then either fabric glue them in place or pin them to be sewn later.

If you want them to be more solid or to use them to protect your table then you should sew or fabric glue a soft backing on each piece first.


  1. I have a craft the ladies at my church do for Meals on Wheels at Easter Time. Take the small plastic pringle cup, take whole punch and put two holes on each side. Take a colorful pipe cleaner and make a handle. Fill with easter grass and candy. The shut-ins who receive Meals on Wheels get a small Easter Basket.It brings joy for them to receive a small token as this.

  2. I like this idea but I would definitely sew them together first, then use thin cotton batting and a lining – probably muslin (prewashed). I think this would make them more sturdy and give them a finished look. Haven’t tried them yet, will let you know. I love old handkerchiefs, never know what to do with them. Thanks

  3. very good ideas!!

  4. Lovelt idea. xx

  5. this is a perfect idea for me! my great-grandmother passed a while back and somehow i got all of her old hankercheifs (?) Now I know what to make with them thank you!!!

  6. CraftBits (Shellie Wilson) says

    The above picture is a guide only, a new picture will be added as soon as I have time to make this project up. (if you have made it please send me a picture to add to the site)

  7. thiis is an old craft that has been forgotten;thank you

  8. picture and diagram would be useful

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