Easy Felt Crafts: Handkerchief
A pretty ladies' handkerchief easily becomes a beautiful valet tray to hold your jewelry and even your keys
and phone. With a few simple materials and tools, our easy how-to steps and a little bit of time and effort, a
pretty handkerchief transforms into this beautiful organizer.
A lovely handkerchief, a piece of felt and some ribbon hold your daily treasures where you can easily
find them in a valet tray.
Easy Felt Crafts: Handkerchief Valet Materials and Tools:
- Handkerchief (this one was roughly 10 x 10 inches)
- Craft felt in the color of your choice (9 1/2 x 12 inches, or if your handkerchief is larger, craft
felt roughly the size of the handkerchief)
- Ribbon - matching or contrasting - 2 yards of 1/4 to 3/8 inch wide
- Needle - small for fine stitches
- Thread - matching the handkerchief
- Fray prevention liquid (clear glue works, too)
- Optional - Starch or liquid stabilizer (e.g., spray sizing)
The Steps for How to Make the Easy Felt Crafts: Handkerchief Valet:
Note: You can find a beautiful handmade handkerchief at The Packrat's
Daughter or two or three or more.
Clean (if necessary) and press the handkerchief. If the handkerchief is made of very fine cloth, add spray
starch or sizing to provide stability to the material.
Measure and cut the felt into a square slightly smaller than the size of the
Both sides of a handkerchief are used, but there is a "pretty" side and a "less pretty" side. Position the felt
square over the "less pretty" side of the handkerchief.
Pin the handkerchief to the felt square around the outer edge.
Thread your needle with the matching thread, knot one end of the thread. Begin stitching at one corner
of the square. Stitch between the handkerchief and the felt.
Make the stitches small such that they cannot be seen either from the top of the handkerchief or from
the inside of the felt. Sew all four sides of the handkerchief and the felt square together.
Knot the last stitch, hide the end and cut the thread.
Cut the ribbon into eight pieces. Each piece should be eight to nine inches in length.
Fold the handkerchief back from the edge seam. Pin one end of each ribbon to the edge of the felt. Position
the ribbon 2 1/2 to 3 inches from the corner of the square.
If the ribbon has a right (shiny) and wrong (dull) side, place the right side down
toward the handkerchief.
Pin two ribbons on each side for a total of eight ribbons.
This handmade handkerchief had two indentations on each side which were used to position the ribbon.
You may want to adjust the position of your ribbon pieces based on the design of your handkerchief. Or,
if you want a larger, shallow tray, place the ribbons closer to the corners, but make sure each ribbon is the
same distance from the corner.
Sew each ribbon end to the felt. Make the tiny seam large enough to insure the ribbon does
not pull loose. Use whip stitches (stitches that go over the end of the ribbon) to secure the
Stitch all eight ribbons to the felt square. Using an iron adjusted to a ribbon-safe temperature,
press the ribbons outward. Take care to press the tiny seam flat.
Trim the outer end of each ribbon at an angle.
Add fray preventative liquid to the angled ends of each ribbon. As an alternative, you can use a small
amount of clear, washable glue. Let the ends dry completely.
Begin tying the ribbons at each corner into a pretty bow.
With all four bows tied at the corners, the pretty handkerchief valet tray is complete and ready to
hold jewelry or other treasures.
This view shows the intricate handmade details of the ladies' handkerchief.
The size of the handkerchief valet tray allows plenty of room for your daily jewelry and could
easily hold your phone and keys for ready access.
With just a little time, a ladies' handkerchief, some simple materials and tools plus easy sewing
techniques, this beautiful valet tray can be your pretty organizer. Or, it can become a keepsake gift from the
heart that is both lovely and useful for a family member or a friend.