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Monday, April 14, 2014

Church Babies made from Hankerchiefs

I remember these adorable Church babies when I was a little girl.  They were made from handkerchiefs and were designed to help sweet little girls everywhere stay a little quieter in Church.  And if one was dropped, it never made a noise.  

I am making them for my granddaughters for Easter and decided it would be a good time to share the easy tutorial.

Supplies Needed:

1-16 inch square, men's white handkerchief
1 yard of frilly white lace trim
2 yards of 1/4 inch ribbon in your choice of colors (I used baby blue)
Embroidery thread for eyes, mouth, nose and design
(I used black, red, pink, baby blue,green and yellow)
cotton stuffing or batting for head)

Start by folding the handkerchief in half.   From the seam edge, measure 1 inch down the fold and fold to that point and pin.  

Tack at the very end with white thread. 

Open the hanky up and turn it over.  See the little loop for the neck ribbon. 
This will be the top (head) of the baby. 

At the bottom (which will be her skirt) draw a little design or you can hot iron a transfer on it.  Even the child's name would be cute.  I drew three little daisy like flowers.

A simple little embroidery pattern done!  

Pin your lace on the bottom edge of the hanky (skirt) and sew it together.

Cut a 20 inch piece of the ribbon and thread it through the little loop you made at the top of the hankie

Grab a fistful (thats how I measure;) of cotton stuffing or batting. 

Place the cotton inside the hankie just below the ribbon. Gather the hankie around the cotton and tie with the ribbon to make the head

Cut a 4 inch strip of lace and pin it to the top of the baby's head for a bonnet look. Sew or tac it to her head.

Draw a sweet little face on your baby and don't forget to put a couple of dimples.

Embroidery her little face and use regular white thread to make an indentation for her dimples.

Tie the corners of the hankie into knots to make her hands

Cut two pieces of ribbons, 9 inches each.  Tie each one on each side of the bottom to make her sweet little feet. 

Also she needs is to be loved by a sweet little girl!

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  1. So cute! I think one day I will make one of my very own! Patsy from

  2. So very sweet Evelyn! I am sure your granddaughters will cherish them!

  3. Aww this is lovely :) thanks for sharing art Creative Mondays...

  4. These are adorable! Thanks so much for sharing them with The Southern Special!
    -Cate from Random Crafty Georgia GIrl

  5. My daughter & I are reading blog posts today together...she loves this idea! She's really into sewing & crafts :)
    thanks for sharing @ Share your Stuff Tuesdays!

  6. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E ! What a sweet idea for little girls. These made with paw paws hanky would also bring sentimental value. Thanks for sharing. Im pinning this one!

  7. Absolutely adorable! I am hoping my girls (10 and 7) will want one even if they are sadly growing out of the doll phase. Stopping by from SITS.

  8. These are adorable, thanks for linking up at The Southern Special, this is one of my favorites of the week and will be featured Tuesday on my blog.
    Spatulas On Parade


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