A Dream Collaboration: Hand-Lettered Hankies


We’re in full blown recovery mode around here. It’s taken just about all of my energy to get up and get dressed these days! Alt Summit was amazing, but so much work.


As part of the preparations and plans, I collaborated with Brittany from House that Lars Built and Spoonflower to make floral hankies as our takeaway for our Secret Garden mini party. We printed 200 of them, and they disappeared in about 15 minutes!


The lettering was fun to do, but I think the florals are the show stopper. We printed these babies on cotton voile. They’re crisp and vibrant in person.


I’m thinking I’m going to frame one (or both!) design on the wall, or back it with a thicker cotton and make a pillow case.

Did you miss out on getting one? Head over to Instagram and enter our little giveaway! We’ll be picking a winner tomorrow morning.


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    1. Summer says:

      Those are stunning.

    2. Kristin H says:

      So very lovely – the calligraphy and illustration (or is it watercolor?) is a pair made in design heaven.

    3. Chelsea Foy says:

      Truly, your party was so gorgeous! I’m so grateful I got a hankie — featuring them in a blog next week. :) And I’m trying to find the perfect place for it here at home! xoxo

    4. maddie says:

      I hope you are recovering, Melissa! Sounds like you had a great time. I’m not surprised these were gone in 15 minutes!

    5. Heidi Lassila says:

      Wow, these are so pretty. I can’t wait to hear/read all about Alt!

    6. Kati says:

      Are you tired because you’re preggo again??????? I think I remember you were at a conference or ALT or something around last time when you announced with Felix… have to admit, you have the most ADORABLE CHILDREN. Love, one weird ISLY fan.

    7. megannielsen says:

      honestly Melissa, you kill me. These hankies are just incredible – INCREDIBLE. i adore them!! Will you be making them available in a spoonflower “store” so you can get a printing commission (hint hint we all want to buy one hehehe)

    8. tere says:

      I was following Alt from the distance with the hashtag and this hankies just stole my heart, congrats you talented people!!

    9. […] These hand-lettered hankiesĀ are so sweet. I love the floral designs, and the caligraphy is […]

    10. Kate @ This Wandering Life says:

      uhm. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP. Maybe :-)

    11. Jessica Purvis says:

      These are amazing! I stumbled on your Instagram today and am now drooling over the beautiful calligraphy you do on your blog! I have a question. I am going to be doing a collaboration (my lettering on her items) with a friend of mine who lives in another country. She hand prints and dyes totes. How did you get your lettering on the handkerchiefs? :) Any tips you could give would be so helpful as I’ve never done this before!


      • Melissa says:

        You’re so sweet! I’m glad you found me!

        I used Spoonflower printing service to get the calligraphy onto the hankie. I’ve used screen printing, Silhouette transfers and fabric markers with great success. I wish I could be more helpful!

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