Monday, 11 August 2014

Handy Hankie Box

I still have a lovely hankie box cover which used to match my old bedroom décor and have always thought covered hankie boxes are a very ladylike touch. This got me thinking of making a bedside hankie/storage box as a gift for a lovely friend's birthday last month.

Although, it is a very simple concept it took me days to do as I was shaping and designing it as I went along and kept re-doing bits that weren't as good enough as I wanted them. I found getting the edges square and straight was one of the biggest challenges. I also wanted to use a range of complementary fabrics to give it extra interest.
The top opening took ages to get a good even match
 Each pocket contains a little treat, the flat one has some pretty tweezers
 The pocket for her mobile has some Tinkerbelle socks
 The little crossover pocket has nailfiles
 This big pouchy pocket has space for all the little odds and ends like hair elastics, lip balm etc
 I made a little matching pocket hankie holder for a handbag and popped it in the larger pouch for safekeeping
This little holder came from a free pattern at Craftsnob here
 I wondered how to secure the bottom and had quite a few trial and errors. Eventually I decided on a simple strap with a popper that would allow the box to sit squarely while holding the cover on. Because it has lots of pockets I was concerned that it might slide about if I didn't get the bottom correct. I covered the popper with a beadwork flower I'd made ages ago which was just waiting on a use.
 As my friend loves knitting I made her a lined square bottom bag with a pocket at the front to hold her latest WIP.


  1. What lovely gifts for your friend, you've done a great job!

  2. Oh my goodness! Your work is beautiful. What a gorgeous gift to receive, I'm sure your friend will be thrilled x

  3. What a lovely and clever gift. I love the bound edge of the pocket tissue pouch - the way you've made it wavy is so lovely.

  4. The pockets on the tissue box are so clever; I think your friend is very lucky indeed.
    I love tissue covers. I have painted and crocheted a few in my time, but I need to make another one to go in the family room.

  5. Well this is just a brilliant gift, I love the function of it, the fabric and how clever you are constructing the whole thing.

  6. Hi Red, I just wanted to pop by and say thank you for the lovely comment you left on my last post about the felted fox picture. To let you into a little secret, I don't know how I do it either, I'm always a bit surprised when it works out okay, lol
    Great idea to add all the little pockets to the tissue box cover x

  7. What lovely thoughtful gifts, I bet your friend was delighted with them.
    Marianne x

  8. What beautiful and thoughtful gifts!! Your friend must have been very happy indeed and she must be pleased to have a friend as nice as you too! xx

  9. How gorgeous! You are a creative wonder! X

  10. Beautiful pieces, I especially like the pocket hanky holder :)

  11. That's a neat idea, you've made a lovely job of that.

  12. Adding pockets to the box cover makes it an ideal companion for a hospital stay, especially the larger pocket for lip balms etc. to have all the essential comforts close at hand. Really nice. :-)

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