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sewing a handkerchief

How to Sew a Handkerchief

The Napkin Method

Probably the most straight-forward way to sew your own hankie is to sew it just like a cloth napkin. This is an easy method, so even if you’re very new to sewing, you shouldn’t have any problems.

For this method, you’ll need:

  • 10 x 10″ square of fabric – linen or very soft, uncoated organic cotton are best
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Iron
  • Straight pins

For the details on how to sew your hankies this way, click here for our full tutorial!

The Rolled Hem Method

A rolled hem is a little bit more advanced, but once you get the swing of it, it’s really not very difficult and this method is a lot faster than the napkin method.

You will need:

  • 10 x 10″ square of fabric – linen or very soft, uncoated organic cotton are best
  • Sewing machine with a rolled hem foot
  • Iron

This video does a great job of walking you through how to sew a rolled hem:

Do any of you guys sew your own hankies? What method do you use to make them? I’m sure there are other ways you can create your own – these are just two simple ones to get you started!

Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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