This year, I came up with the idea to use some of the hankies to make a table runner instead. I wanted to make more of these for gifts, so I decided to use the kids' hankies that had been mine as a child in blocks for a sample table runner and see how it all worked out. I decided to use the hankies as "doilies" or "napkins" under various tea-themed items such as teapots, teacups, etc. which I would applique out of coordinating fabric. Well! It took quite awhile, and some time on the part of several craft forum friends, to find enough motifs to use for the tea-themed items, but in the end, I ended up with more than enough ideas.
I made the runner for myself this summer, and it turned out quite well even using the cartoon-themed hankies and the brighter colors. It was a fun summer project.
|Half of the more colorful runner|
|The second half of the colorful runner|
I planned to make two more, one for each of my daughters, for Christmas. The hankies for theirs are some of the prettier floral designs, plus others. I managed to get one runner done in time for Christmas, and finished the second one in mid-January. Now that it is safely in Carrie's hands, there's no more need for secrecy and I can share pictures.
|Half of the pastel runner|
|A simple cup of tea|
|The other half of the runner|
|Stack of teacups|
|Teakettle ~ love the unusual design on this hanky|
|A simple teapot|
|Teapot with teacup ~ I got the inspiration for this design from a motif on a child's tin tea set!|
Hope you have enjoyed this look at my tea-themed table runners! I am so happy to have found a use for those vintage hankies so they can be seen and admired at last.