A sewing craft project of many years ago, this hankie pillow cover features bouquet of flowers in a pink print on white. It is a typical flower pattern one does see made into pillow tops or covers. A bit out of the ordinary, however, is the handkerchief of the back is a different print from the front.
Most of these are a home sewn project using a printed cotton handkerchief. The hankie was cut in four sections, then restitched with lace insertion or whitework embroidery between each corner of the hankie, thus forming the pillow top. The lace or eyelet, also, includes a row of beading lace, so ribbon can be threaded through. Tying, here and there in bows, for further embellishment.
This lovely Victorian or Edwardian pillow cover follows the same principal, with white eyelet being used to insert the ribbon at the center. A wide eyelet ruffle further embellishes the outside edge.
The print of the front are bouquets wrapped in paper, tied with a bow. The reverse side is a basket of flowers. Slightly different is the whitework eyelet beading lace from the front of case.
The size of the cover is 25-1/2" square, including the 4" wide eyelet ruffle.
Condition: Fading to the print of the hankies. The opening at the back (to insert the pillow form) is tattered at the edge but when stitched close would be fine. Smaller hole in the white ruffle but doesn't really show as it is in the fold of fabric.
No pillow form. An inset would need to be purchased.
Covers, such as this one, were made from the late Victorian through the Edwardian era.
So pretty for a cottage shabby bedroom, living area or summer porch.