I’ve made handkerchiefs every year for Christmas for the children. I love handkerchiefs, and the children love them, too. I love that they don’t need to ask me for tissues at church, and when my two-year-old has a runny nose, she can reach for a handkerchief instead of emptying a box of tissues.
This year I decided to make scalloped-edged handkerchiefs for my two-year-old.
I really like to use old cotton sheets to make handkerchiefs, as they are very soft. I had a twin-sized bottom sheet wear out. I used the edges of the sheet to make these handkerchiefs. I cut 12″ squares for the handkerchiefs. I measured and marked three of them. I then made a small cut for the length and tore the sheet to get a perfectly straight edge. I cut a bit at each marked edge (every twelve inches) and after I had made the cut, I tore each of the handkerchiefs. I usually take a long time measuring and then I still get them crooked. Tearing ensured straight edges.
I sewed the scalloped edge 3/8″ away from the edge of the handkerchief. I then used a small pair of sharp embroidery scissors to carefully cut away the edges of the fabric from the outside of the scallops.
soft cotton (a sheet, muslin, or other cotton)
The total time for one handkerchief was about 25 minutes.
Today I made three handkerchiefs.
$0.05 per handkerchief for the thread. You can read about how I buy my thread here.
I also embroidered two handkerchiefs for 2 of my other daughters, with their respective initials. I will be sewing scalloped edges on these as well. It took me about 2 hours to hand embroider each one. I did while I watched shows in the evening on Hulu. I will work to make 3 more handkerchiefs for the other children for Christmas.