All ladies need a handkerchief, so why not make your own? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Square of Absorbent fabric (my fabric is a piece of 5×5 muslin)
- 20 inches of lace
- Sewing machine
- Scissors; Olfa cutter
- Omnigrid ruler (or any other kind of fabric ruler)
- Embroidery thread & needle (optional)
- Iron your fabric.
- Measure your fabric with your omnigrid (or other fabric ruler). I wanted a tiny handkerchief so that I could pin it inside my dress or tuck it inside my bodice. I measured it to be a 5×5 square. Equal sides work best (so 6×6, 8×8, 10×10, 12×12 for example) is best. Once you’ve measured your fabric, cut it out using your olfa cutter or scissors.
- Next measure your lace. You want 4 pieces all equal to the length of your handkerchief sides. I measured and cut 4 pieces of 5 inch lace since I have a 5×5 handkerchief.
- Pin your lace in place. Make sure that your lace overlaps at the edges. Then sew. You can sew continuously by lifting up your machine’s foot and pivoting your handkerchief. Cut off any excess threads.
- (Optional) Embroider your initials or an elegant design on your handkerchief. You can also both embroider & draw on your handkerchief (as I’ve done above. I embroidered the initial “C” and drew a pretty floral design using a micropoint fabric pen).
These handkerchiefs are elegant & easy to make. They are a perfect bridesmaid gift! I am making handkerchiefs as a giveaway for Marry Me Indie! The first 50 brides to attend will receive a bag full of free goodies from each of the vendors. So if you want a handmade muslin & lace handkerchief of your very own–come by the show early!