27 March 2010

Handkerchief Necklace, Tutorial, Giveaway, Oh My!

In 2007, Kyle's grandfather passed away. At the funeral, Kyle's grandma gave each woman in the family a handkerchief that we carried with us. I have kept the handkerchief in my dresser drawer for a while (where I keep other special items) but I thought I could make it even more special.



It's such a beautiful piece with such special meaning. I love wearing it close to my heart.


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I love making these flowers. I have been putting them on necklaces, hair pins, bracelets, earrings, and just about anything I can think of.

They're so simple!




1. Cut out circles (I cut out 2 each of 3 sizes)
2. Fold one circle in half, right sides touching. Sew a few stitches. Now fold the other say, right side touching and sew a few stitches.
3. Your flower should look something like this. The closer in you stitch the ruffle-ier the flower.
4. Repeat with the rest of your circles.

Now all you do is stack the circles in size order (small ones on top) and hand stitch them together. Once they feel secure, add the pearls.



I hot glued a circle of felt on the back and stitched on a pin.


One you get the basic flower down, the possibilities are endless!


(for the bracelet, I used hot glue instead of needle and thread. it wasn't as clean looking, but it was even easier.)


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And now for a giveaway...

Wouldn't it be fun to make your very own handkerchief necklace? Now you can!!

Giveaway includes supplies to make a vintage handkerchief necklace,


AND

materials to make your very own flower pin,


AND

a soft blue flower pin and a pair of my vintage button earrings.


The total package includes:
vintage handkerchief and felt
chain, jump rings, lobster clasp
needle and thread
pearls and other beads
fabric and felt
pin back
vintage button earrings
soft blue flower pin

I'd love it if you won!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered! The giveaway is now closed.

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110 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm glad you liked the pin cushion!

    I love this necklace! And what a great way to have something so personal kept so near!

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  2. What a clever idea. I love the necklace. I became a follower and fanned you on FB.

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  3. Thanks for your comment - your necklace is beautiful!!

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  4. that is such a sweet thing for grandma to do!

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  5. Hey there :) Thanks for visiting my blog! I love your necklace.. I actually have a few of these hankies that were my grandmothers, but i never knew what to do with them.. This is a really sweet idea. (I'm now a follower too lol)

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  6. I became a follower too! Thanks for checking out my butterfly wreath!

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  7. Beautiful! I'm so glad you left me a comment so that I could find your lovely blog- thanks!

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  8. I became a follower, too, so I can keep seeing what you do! Keep up the great work!

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  9. Ah hah! I have finally gotten around to following this blog all the rest of our grad school peeps rave about! Love the stuff you come up with Laura, but can I just buy it instead of you attempting to persuade me that my incompetent fingers could miraculously become nimble and make these things myself?? :-p I leave the creativity to you :)

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  10. I want to make these! They are so adorable. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. By the way, I'm a follower!

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  12. What a great giveaway!!

    All of these are just beautiful, I love your work!
    Kaysi

    kaysiscrafts@gmail.com

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  13. I love this gorgeous necklace!! What a fabulous way to use a special handkerchief!

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  14. Thank you for commenting on my blog and inviting me to yours! I love what you have named it and meaning behind it - good stuff - beautiful blog!

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  15. What a beautiful necklace. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  16. What a sweet idea! Thanks for stopping by and inviting me over!

    I host a weekly link party on Wednesdays, I'd love to have you come over and link up a project!

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  17. Wow that is so special that you can take a piece with you of her and wear it close to your heart. The flowers are absolutely beautiful

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  18. Oh, and I'm also following you. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  19. And this is such a great giveaway!! You're doing a great job!

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  20. How sweet! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and saying "hello!"

    : )

    Julie M.

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  21. Lovely! And what a generous give-away!

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  22. What a great idea! And a fun tutorial!
    Count me in for the goodies!
    I love these little flower, guys!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, too!
    It's so fun to see who reads!
    Shelley

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  23. I love the necklace!!! so fabulous

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  24. Thanks for visiting my blog and inviting me over. That necklace is beautiful and what a wonderful way to keep something so personal close to you. I would love to be entered in this giveaway. Thank you.

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  25. I'm a new Friday Follower! Visit me at www.rockindeals4you.com and sign up for my first giveaway!

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  26. What a neat way to remember a lovley person!!! You are very talented!!!

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  27. Just stunning. Love it so much!

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  28. Laura this is such a sweet giveaway and thanks so much for inviting me. Your creations are lovely.

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  29. Thanks for the sweet comment, your necklace is beautiful! I love how you repurposed something sentimental that probably would just sit in a drawer into something you'll actually use and enjoy.

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  30. so cute! I love all the fabrics you chose and the pearls are so sweet. Thanks for the tutorial, maybe I'll win!

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  31. What a beautiful necklace kit. I love the one that you made and how special it is to you!

    I would love to win!

    XOOX
    Jen

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  32. I put your giveaway on my sidebar.

    XOXO
    Jen

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  33. Aw, this is a sweet giveaway!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and for leaving a nice comment. :) Look at that, you made me smile! Have a great week!

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  34. DARLING giveaway! I really hope I win :)
    annemolino at hotmail dot com

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  35. I now follow! (always and forever ;) )

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  36. What a unique giveaway! love it!!

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  37. Very cute...you are really talented! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  38. Absolutely lovely. Such a wonderful sentimental piece.

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  39. Love the tutorial - it's just the sort of thing my family would love to receive!

    Just became a new follower too!

    Thanks for posting such great stuff!

    - Christin

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  40. Laura,
    What a great giveaway!! Thanks for the heads up :)
    Linda

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  41. What a fun giveaway! Count me in, and I'm a follower.

    Nancy

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  42. I'm a follower now! I can't wait to see what else you do!

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  43. I hope I win!!! This is just too lovely!

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  44. Great tutorial and fab giveaway! Thanks!

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  45. I'm (a follower) along for the ride. :)

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  46. I love that your necklace is made from a sentimental hankie! so sweet!

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  47. what a great giveaway! just beautiful

    sweetiesuzy@aol.com

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  48. Thanks for visiting my blog. I would love to win this!

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  49. How lovely :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  50. I blogged about your giveaway:
    http://iamalongfortheride.blogspot.com/2010/03/handkerchief-necklace-tutorial-giveaway.html

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  51. What a special way to use special fabric! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  52. Great tutorial! Please include me in your wonderful giveaway!

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  53. Such a wonderful prize. And a great tutorial.

    tlnovak[at]mlnovak[dot]com

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  54. What a wonderful idea to do. I love it! Be blessed. Cindy

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  55. What a great giveaway! Stop by my place ~ I have a giveaway too! Thanks ~Marcy

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  56. Thanks for sharing something so special with us! So glad I made it over before the giveaway closed out.

    Thanks for stopping by to check out my Felt Travel Mat Tutorial @ Our Journey!

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  57. I LOVE, LOVE old handkerchiefs. I've made a few things from them myself. The necklace is gorgeous!

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  58. Your tutorial is lovely, thank you for sharing it. :)

    and what a special way to keep her memory with you.

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  59. I'm also your newest follower :)

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  60. GREAT tutorial!! :) I am in love with your pins. :) I'd love to enter your Giveaway. :)

    I'm visiting from Jennifer's Tutorial Tuesday party. :)

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  61. This is beautiful, now every time you wear it you will be reminded of her instead of it being forgotten in a drawer as it often happens.

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  62. That is such a cute idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  63. I really like your blog and your tutorial! Thanks for checking my blog out and inviting me over!

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  64. I think your hankerchief flower necklace is stunning. And I want it! haha smilin_chick@hotmail.com

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  65. Follower! smilin_chick@hotmail.com

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  66. I just found your blog and can't wait to look through your archives!

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  67. Oh, this is such a sweet tribute to Kyle's Grandfather. And it turned out so pretty.

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

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  68. This is beautiful! What a great idea for a giveaway!

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  69. What a wonderful way to use the handkerchief, now whenever you wear it you will remember her. Would love to win this one!!!

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  70. What a wonderful way to use your hankie. You are so brave to do that. I think this is such a fun little giveaway idea!

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  71. What a great way to use a very special hankie. I have several of my grandma's and have been debating what to do with them. This would be perfect!

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  72. I love this idea with the hankie's!

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  73. Wow this is adorable! I have yet to try my hand at jewerly but this look slike I could handle it! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  74. Hi Laura! I LOVE the necklace! And I have short hair, so I think the bobby pins are sooo cute! I want them!

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  75. By the way, I'm already a follower.

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  76. That is really lovely! I would love to win! :)

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  77. Wow, that is so sweet and unbelievably touching. Plus, it looks good. Great job!!

    Plus what a great give-away!

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  78. Beautiful! I can't wait to try this! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Heather
    gracieluvcreations@yahoo.com

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  79. This is so creative! Just love the vintage hankies.

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden!

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  80. This would be so fun to win!!

    Courtney
    frog2fab.blogspot.com

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  81. I am a new follower!

    Courtney
    frog2fab.blogspot.com

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  82. I really love all of those--sweet and beautiful, thanks for linking up!

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  83. I'm a follower! :)

    -xoxo
    E
    ebodin(at)circletranchdesigns(dot)com

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  84. So Pretty! I love to create cool things like these!
    -xoxo
    E
    ebodin(at)circletranchdesigns(dot)com

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  85. Oh my goodness Laura! :) I LOVE the necklace you created from the handkerchief Kyle's grandmother gave you! That is just such a special piece to have, and I think that it is so awesome that you created something like that. :)

    Also, I cannot remember if I have said this before (I sure hope I have!), but I just absolutely LOVE the flowers you create all of the time! They are so beautiful! I am always telling my friends about them (and have told them all to follow you as well). ;)

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  86. Very pretty and a clever repurposing idea.

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  87. What a wonderful way to honor your husband's grandfather!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another wonderful party!!

    Please stop by next week I am having guest over each day and I would love for you to tell them HI!

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  88. That is such a pretty idea! I would love to feature you next Friday on Favorite Things Friday! Come stop by my blog if you would like a Featured button!

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  89. This is so cute! I like the flowers =)

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  90. So love the necklace. A friend of mine is selling stuff like this and she also creates her own design...she would probably like this one too.

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