Surprise your mother and soon-to-be mother-in-law with hand-embroidered hankies right before the ceremony or when you tell them about your engagement! It's a lovely gesture and something they can hang on to forever. Even if you've never sewn before, you'll be able to make these!

DIY vintage embroidered handkerchief with tulips.
Total cost: $5


Collage of DIY supplies including scissors, thread and handkerchief.
Vintage hankies (we found ours for .50-$2 at antique stores. There's a lot out there so you should be able to find colors that match your wedding!)
Embroidery Floss (we used two strands)
Embroidery hoop

1. Press the hankies with an iron.
2. Choose the color of thread you want to use. A brighter color from the pattern looks best.

DIY embroidery hoop for vintage handkerchief embroidered with tulips.
3. Pencil in a letter or two of the initials of the person you are giving it to.

Close up DIY stitch pattern of green floss for embroidered tulips.
4. Stitch right on the letter. Use a stem stitch. (see tips below)

Close up of DIY handkerchief floss tie for embroidered daisies.
5. To tie it off, take a small stitch in the back and then tie in a knot.
6. Press again with an iron.
Close up of DIY handkerchief embroidered tulips.

For the stem stitch: Be sure to always keep the thread on the top half of the stitch in between stitches. Keep the needle flat underneath the fabric. Don't pull the fabric too tight or it will pucker.

For letters like T's and F's: Tie it off on the bottom and then sew the crossed line. This will keep the back neater. Practice a few first on a scratch piece of fabric! Once you've done a few, it's pretty easy!

Close up of DIY vintage embroidered handkerchief.
DIY vintage handkerchief embroidered with tulips.