My Handkerchief Save the Dates

I lied; I'm not quite done posting for the weekend, yet. I really wanted to share my Save the Dates with you all. For my Save the Dates I wanted to do something unique, fun and handcrafted. I'd seen some printing done on handkerchiefs and really liked the tactile quality of a vintage handkerchief and the idea of creating a keepsake. I collected vintage handkerchiefs mostly through ebay. Then I created a design using my silhouette and my fiancé's silhouette. I then created a screen and handscreened all 160 of them using my Yudu. Making the screen was the most difficult part, but after that things went pretty smoothly.

Read more and see lots more photos after the jump.





I then tied them with ribbon to cardstock I had printed with a lovebird design on one side and a red pattern I created on the other side. Couples and ladies got the lovebirds and floral handkerchief while Philip's single guy friends got the slightly more manly version with just a white handkerchief on the patterned card. From there they went into kraft paper envelopes that I custom-lined myself. I also created custom mailing labels that I stuck to the envelope. I will admit, it was pretty labor-intensive. But I think there are a lot of ways to make this project less expensive and quicker. You could eliminate printing on the card stock, for example, or buy pre-lined envelopes. Maybe you could stamp the fabric? I'm not sure about this one. Has anyone stamped fabric before?

27 comments:

  1. I came across Benign Objects via Style Me Pretty. Still swooning over these darling hankies. Looking forward to digging into your blog...

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  2. I love the creativity, I am on the brink of doing my own save the dates and I cannot stop thinking about yours. They are beautiful!

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  3. Hello!
    I found you via Paper Crave, and I just wanted to let you know that your blog is really wonderful and I love all the things you do! Congratulations on being ace.
    xx Pip

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  4. Such a fantastic idea! Love it.
    Found you via Pip's (above) blog!
    Im off to keep looking round.
    Cheers Leah

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  5. oooh i found you via meet me at mikes, these are the most beautiful save the date cards/hankies ive seen. Seriously lovely.

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  6. Divine. I love them. I love your beautiful blog too.

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  7. Those are totally awesome!!

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  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you all! Ebay is a great resource for hankies if you ever need them. Pip, I love being referred to as "ace," and will now be trying to incorporate the term in my (Southern American) vocab. :)

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  9. These are so beautiful! What an awesome idea!

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  10. I'm a big fan of handkerchiefs... and these are stunning!

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  11. oh my gosh. gorgeous and amazing.

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  12. I found you through A cup of Jo...
    your blog is amazing and your "save dthe date" is just fantastic! And you made it? By yoursekf?
    amazing!
    I'm speechless!

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  13. i collect vintage hankies so i really adore these! xo.

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  14. Very pretty. Looks like the save-the-date hankies at PrettyHandsomePaper.com

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  15. Jason, thanks for the link; I haven't seen those before. Those are pretty cool hankies, too! Of course, I'm a little partial to mine because of the custom silhouettes of me and my fiancé that I made. :)

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  16. Hi! I had this idea for my placemats/favors. I was thinking since I don't have your amazing screenprinter that I would stamp them all in different designs with leaves, maybe a few flowers. I am going to try this out next week on a cheap old hanky before I buy the real thing. they're going either under my plates (clear plates) or next to it as a napkin (if white plates) oooor at the guest table for the ceremony. Not sure on this yet. have you experimented with stamping any fabric?

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  17. Brenna,

    That sounds so cool! I would love to see some pictures of how everything turns out. I have not tried stamping any fabric, but I think Lotta Jansdotter has a book exploring printing techniques like stamping called Lotta Prints. Check it out on Amazon. Also, I've been reading about fabric markers on iDIY and you can get them here: http://www.dharmatrading.com/topnav/markers/. I'm really interested in trying out the fabric markers.

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  18. Hi,

    After a month of looking at these save the dates and resisting.... today I have given in and started making something similar for my wedding. They are so beautiful and different!

    I'm trying out stamps and markers as well so will let you know how these progress.

    Can I ask what you used as your charms on the ribbon, I was looking today at mother of pearl pendants and just wondered what you used.

    Thanks for such fab inspiration!

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  19. Hi Sarah,

    The "charms" on the ribbon you mention aren't actually charms at all. They're cardstock that I printed our wedding web site address on and punched out with a 1 inche circle punch. Easy peasy. But you know what? I think using charms would be an awesome idea! I would love, love, love to see and hear how your project comes along!

    -Rachel

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  20. Saw these on Design Sponge first they are a cute idea.

    I think it's Bird and Banner who did them for her.

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  21. Hey Anonymous,

    Lots of different designers and photographers offer Save the Date handkerchiefs now, I think. Some of the other places I've heard that offer them are Pretty Handsome Paper. So I guess we can add Bird and Banner to the list, as well. I screened mine myself on a Yudu, but another bride I worked with had a local screenprinter do hers after I did a custom graphic--that was more cost-effective for her. I also helped the Wedding Chicks with a tutorial so you can easily create a custom hanky on your home printer (cut and paste this address: http://www.weddingchicks.com/wedding-chicks/diy-templates/12357/vintage-hankie-save-the-date/).

    So many options! It just depends how much work you, personally, want to put into them.

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  22. I simply fell in love with this idea when I saw it on the Wedding Chicks website! I just had one question about mailing them. Any suggestions on how to mail them if you didn't not want to have the extra expense of the cars stock to wrap them around? Would you suggest just simply folding and then putting them in the envelope? Thanks so much for the tutorial, its fantastic!!

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  23. I am so in love with this! This is what I was looking for! Would love to use this idea as an actual wedding invitation! My save the dates will be an old looking telegram.Thank you so much for sharing this with us, It is very generous of you!I have booked marked your site and will be looking at your etsy shop. Thank you again

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  24. Mmitch, Folding them and putting them in an envelope is a great way to save the expense of cardstock, if you like.

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  25. I'm using a similar idea but making wedding programs from hankies to hand out to guests for the ceremony. SO excited to see how they turn out!

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