How to Make a Handkerchief: 14 Steps
A handkerchief is a practical and stylish accessory that can be used to wipe away sweat, clean eyeglasses, or serve as a fashionable addition to any outfit. Making your own handkerchief is simple and rewarding. Follow these 14 steps to create a beautiful, unique, and personalized handkerchief.
1. Choose your fabric: Opt for lightweight and absorbent materials such as cotton or linen.
2. Determine your desired size: Handkerchiefs can range from 10″ x 10″ to 18″ x 18″. Choose a size based on personal preference and intended use.
3. Create a pattern: Measure and cut out a square of paper or cardboard in your chosen size.
4. Wash and press the fabric: Prewash the fabric to prevent shrinkage. Iron it to remove any wrinkles.
5. Cut the fabric: Lay the fabric on a flat surface, place the pattern on top, and trace around it with a fabric marker or chalk. Cut out the square using sharp fabric scissors.
6. Hemming preparation: Fold each side of the fabric square inward about 1/4 inch and press with an iron to create clean edges.
7. Double fold hem: Fold the edges in again by another 1/4 inch for a clean double-folded hem. Press with an iron for crispness.
8. Secure the corners: At each corner, cross the folded edges over one another to create a neat mitered corner.
9. Pin down the hem: Use straight pins or small sewing clips to secure the double-folded hem in place for stitching.
10. Thread your sewing machine: Choose thread that matches your fabric color for a seamless appearance.
11. Sew the hem: With your sewing machine set to a straight stitch setting, sew carefully around all four sides of the handkerchief, close to the inner folded edge.
12. Pivot at the corners: When approaching each corner, stop sewing with your needle down, lift the presser foot, and pivot the fabric at a 45-degree angle before continuing to sew along the next side. This will create a clean mitered corner.
13. Finish up: Cut off any excess threads and trim any imperfections around the corners or edges.
14. Press once more: Give your handkerchief a final press to flatten out any ripples created during stitching and to create a polished finished look.
Congratulations! You have created a beautiful homemade handkerchief that can be used for various purposes or given as a thoughtful personalized gift. Happy sewing!