Boho-Anthro Hankie-on-My-Wrist!

Boho-Anthro Hankie-on-My-Wrist!

As soon as I saw this craft on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it. Something that cute, that Anthropologie-esque could not possibly be that easy or inexpensive. Well, I am happy- no ECSTATIC- to report that yes, these really are that easy. And quick. And inexpensive.

Quick list of materials:

  • Vintage hankies- ones you don’t mind cutting up, and ones with lots of color in them
  • Scissors
  • Thread (I used craft thread since it’s a little sturdier)
  • Jewelry findings: End caps, jump rings, clasps (Charms are optional)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Glue (I used super glue; but my Pinspiration used E6000…I just can’t stand that smell)
  • Optional: bamboo skewer (you’ll see why)

I had picked up several pretty hankies at an antique store for $1 each. First, I unfolded one of the hankies and cut it into three strips, each strip roughly 1.5” wide. For my hankies, this means each one will be used for two bracelets- double score!

Prepare your hankie

Prepare your hankie

Then, I gathered the three strips together and tied tightly with craft thread. And yes, I “encouraged” some fraying to give it just enough worn charm.

Gettin' ready to braid

Gettin’ ready to braid

Then, I gave the three strips a tight-ish braid. I periodically twisted each strip as I braided to allow frayed edges to show or to allow the colored areas to end up facing out. At the end of the braid, I tied the other end with the craft thread, just as I had at the beginning.

Lookin' cute already!

Lookin’ cute already!

After trimming off excess hankie-bits and thread, I put super glue (I used Loctite super glue gel control because there’s no odor, it doesn’t drip, and the applicator can get in itty-bitty places) in the end cap.

Makin' the ends all tidy.

Makin’ the ends all tidy.

THIS is where my bamboo skewer came in handy. I used the skewer to smoosh (technical term) the end of the hankie braid into the end cap, evenly and firmly.

Skewer = best craft implement ever!

Skewer = best craft implement ever!

I added some jump rings and a lobster claw clasp (I won’t bore you with those photos) and in just minutes, ended up with a really cute bracelet.

Sadie Seasongoods: vintage handkerchief hankie shabby chic bracelet

Love. It. So. Much.

I have a feeling I’m going to make more of these!

Craft on!






  1. So cute, great knock off. Gotta love those knock offs. Glad crafters like your self are making things on your own instead of making fancy companies richer. You make it look easy. Happy Spring/ pinning

    • says:

      Thank you! This one is truly easy and quick to make- the perfect use for those tattered handkerchiefs whose future was previously dim!

  2. I love the bracelet. I think I’ll be making a few of those too! I use E6000 all the time and I know what you mean about the smell. I know that they now make an odorless version but sadly my craft store doesn’t carry it yet.

    • says:

      I had no idea there was even an odorless version…I had actually made one with E6000 and even after a week, the bracelet still smelled horrible and I eventually threw it out. 🙁 But I’ll definitely keep an eye out for the odorless version- thanks for the tip!!

      • Michelle says:

        Can you share what size jewelry findings you used for this?

        • says:

          Hi, Michelle! Unfortunately I made them a few years ago and they’ve since been sold. Which actual findings are you curious about? The end caps?

          • Michelle says:

            Definitely the end caps–having a hard time finding simple ones. Thanks!

          • says:

            No problem- luckily, I bought those on Etsy and could pull up the purchase! Here is the description: Size: 14mm long including loop x 9mm outside diameter – a touch over 6mm opening for cord. Hope that helps!!

          • Thanks so much for your help!

  3. Super pretty upcycled! I haven’t used E6000 thanks for the warning on the odor! pinned 🙂

    • says:

      Thank you! And no problems so far with the super glue- it has held just fine!! 🙂

  4. Lovely bracelets, I do love bracelets, and have loads but there is always room for another! I love your use of the technical word Smoosh!

  5. LOVE your bracelets! Thank you so much for sharing with us at On Display Thursday! I’m pinning this post. – Bre @ Average But Inspired

  6. Very cute! I’ve been itching to make some bracelets and this may be the one to do. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Super cute! Thank you for sharing tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  8. Wow! I really love this! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Very Cute!!!
    Allie BobeJanuary 22, 2015 at 2:52 PM
    Very Cute idea, I’d love it if you shared this on my link party “Worthwhile Wednesdays”

  10. Totally cute!!! I love this idea. There turned out solo well. Although I fear if I tried it it wouldn’t end up looking like yours!! PS: You’re invited to come link up on Feb 4th at the kick off of the Ladies Collective Link-Up! Myself & the ladies hope to see you there <3

    Stephanie @

  11. distresseddonna says:

    Loving, sharing, pinning!

  12. I saw this on Pinterest too and just love this idea. Definitely going to pin yours and will be trying it soon! Thanks for the extra inspiration! 🙂

  13. Diana Rambles says:

    Love it!

  14. I haven’t seen this on Pinterest but I’m so glad to see yours! Thanks for sharing it with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week. We hope you will link up again next Friday.

  15. I love this project!!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo


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