Thursday, January 28, 2010

Vintage Hanky Cone Tutorial

This is my first sewing tutorial. I apologize for the mediocre photos; I can't help it.
I did a few of these and sold them from my Etsy Shop right away.
So this tutorial is for my friend Elisa who asked me about posting a tutorial for the needle case - but I can't do that, because I haven't found another such vintage linen to make one from.
This post is also for Jodi, who is getting married next year, and asked me about sewing some of these for her wedding.
I know I shouldn't give away my "secrets", but hey - it's not too hard to do these cute little baggies; I stole the idea from an old "shabby cottage decor" catalog in my stash.

So. Here we go:

You will need a 10-12 inch square vintage embroidered hanky (The one in this post I bought at the Salvation Army for $.10.) It doesn't really have to be vintage; the ones I made and sold were not vintage. It needs to have embroidery in one corner. You can find hankys like this on Etsy, eBay, thrift stores, antiques auctions; or maybe your Grandmother or Mom has some stashed away they might let you have.

You will also need an iron board, iron, spray bottle of water, needle and thread, pins, and satin ribbon.

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Spread the hanky out on the iron board embroidery side down. (Never iron embroidered items right side up; you can wreck the stitches.) Give it a little spray and iron flat.

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Next, turn the embroidery corner down a few inches,and pin.

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Fold right sides together and pin along the long side.

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Thread your needle and sew along the long, pinned side. (You can use a machine, too.)

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Unpin everything, including the folded embroidery corner.

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Turn right side out.

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Measure out a length of ribbon for your hanging loop and bows.

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Sew them on either side of your cone.

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Ta Da! Ready to fill with flowers.

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You don't have to do the embroidery yourself; unless you just want to. Or if you're like me, I'd want to put a monogram on mine.
These take about 1/2 hour tops; less if you use a machine. So there you go! I will do a needle case tutorial if I ever find an appropriate linen to use.

4 comments:

cinnamongirl said...

Your tutorial looks good so much braver then I am.

I Play Outside The Box said...

Very pretty!! I don't sew and I can follow that tutorial good...great job!

Mary said...

Thanks, well done.

Prairie Princess said...

Hmm, maybe I can handle that...it looks simple enough, lol. But I'm still not sure about the embroidery...I DID, however, do my first-ever bit of embroidery on Saturday...you inspired me! Maybe with some practice I'll get the hang of it. :)