Jul 28, 2009

Vintage Handkerchief Ring Bearer Pillows

Vintage handkerchief ring bearer pillows - an instant family heirloom courtesy of Martha Stewart. According to legend, vintage hankies in our country were designed in the 1940s to help women cope with the loneliness when husbands and lovers went off to fight in World War II. And all this time I thought hard working women and girls were too busy holding down full-time construction jobs and working in munitions factories to even know the men were gone. Vintage floral handkerchiefs have now become highly prized collectibles. The small square of hand-embroidered cotton that sold for less than fifty cents in the 1950s is now valued at $15 or more.


  • For a square handkerchief (10 inches), you'll need a square pillow just big enough for the handkerchief's corners to slightly overlap at the center (the one above is six inches).
  • Place the pillow on the wrong side of the linen as shown; fold the corners in, overlapping them. Hand-sew the middle of a satin ribbon to pillow center, sewing through the linen's corners and pillow; use two or three stitches (when ready to remove linen, cut the thread).