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My Hankie Doll

By Laverne Sutton © 1985

Issue: March, 1985

my hankie dollHow to make a Hankie Doll.Sitting in church on a Sunday morning, my mother would take out a white hankie and roll two sides to the middle. Then she would fold the rolled hankie in half. Holding the rolls towards the middle, the back half of the hankie was then brought forward around two fingers. One side of the roll was inserted through the middle. Both ends were then pulled downward to make legs. Turning the hankie upside down in her hand, she inserted one roll of the other end of the hankie through the middle and pulled out. This made the arms. Her wedding band over the top of the hankie formed the head. This hankie baby kept this very young child quiet while her mother enjoyed the service.