From Handkerchief to Rosary Holder

Sometimes a great gift idea is right under your nose!  The mother of a friend of mine from church passed away last year.  Her mom had quite the collection of handkerchiefs, so she spread them out on a table at the funeral home and let people chose one to take home as a memory of her mom.   Most people probably saw handkerchiefs.  I like to look beyond the obvious.

Rosary Holder made from Handkerchief

Rosary Holder made from Handkerchief

I thought that if I fused some interfacing to the wrong side of the handkerchief, made a few folds, and stitched up the sides… voila!  A rosary holder!

First, cut a piece of fusible interfacing the correct size of the handkerchief, making sure to not to put any under the lace.  Fuse according to package directions.  (Make sure you fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the hankie.)

Set the handkerchief on point with the crocheted corner pointing up.

Next, fold in the sides and press to get a nice crease.

Fold the bottom corner up.  Press.

Sew the sides closed.  If you have an edgestitch foot, this is a great time to use it.

If you don’t want to add some sort of a closure, you can just fold the top corner over, press, and you’re done.  I chose to add a small piece of velcro as a closure.  If you sew a closure on, make sure you don’t sew through all the layers, since you don’t want to close the pockets in the process. (Don’t ask me how I know this!)


The fusible interfacing is great for giving stability and strength to thin fabrics like the delicate fabric of an antique handkerchief.

I chose this hankie because I liked the detailed crochet on the corner.  When I was done, I stepped back to take a look at it.  Lo and behold, the design that just wrapped around a corner had turned into a heart.  Perfect for a memento to remember a mother’s love!  As an extra bonus, If you are familiar with Catholic traditions, then you know that the rosary is a prayer that we say to Mary, the Blessed Mother.  So it is a memento for Sheila to remember her own mother’s love as well as the love of Mary, the Blessed Mother.

Things that make me smile:

  • creating a special, unique gift for someone
  • touring historic sites – more on this in my next post

Let’s go spread some sunshine!


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