My uncle bought me the jewelry box full of my grandmother's hankies that were being auctioned off at The Farm Sale.... My grandparents were "Plain". Grandma S. would add a little color and feminity to her outfit by tucking one of her colorful hankerchiefs in her pocket. (Feminine charm always find a way...)
And I have some of my other grandma's as well (Mema). The ones pictured in this post were hers.
If you have any, here are two ideas of something-to-do-with-them:
Make a pillow.
The hankerchief I used for this side of it, is actually white and rather flimsy; it has a blue flower embroidered at the bottom right corner. I backed the hankie with a blue floral print fabric to add a little interest and machine-embroidered them together with blue thread. I like that you can see the floral print fabric, through the hankie.
I kept the blue palette going, and used a pale blue hankerchief that has white crochet at the edges. I also backed this hankie with another floral fabric.
So you see, it doesn't matter if they're "matchy-matchy", and/or the exact same size, you can make it work just by tacking on a piece of fabric behind the two hankies, which also makes a sturdier pillow.
Frame a Hankie
For mine, I chose a small hankie with Mema's initial and paired it with two neat old photographs of her as a Sweet-Young-Thing (and how we all stay in our hearts, even though our bodies betray us). Throw in a fabulous Dollar Store frame and you have a very unique memento.
At some point, I plan on making a very colorful, hanging chain-of-pendants (of hankies) for Baby Girl. Aside from that I'm out of fresh ideas, for now.
Anyone have a good spin on other ideas for hankies?