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Handmade Handkerchief
writes, "There is something so sweet and homey about a cotton handkerchief. Make one to tuck in your pocket for just-in-case. Recycle a soft but worn-out sheet into something pretty and useful."
100% cotton woven fabric {a soft old sheet or a button-down shirt}
Iron & ironing board
Straight pins
Sewing machine (or a needle & thread)

Note: This craft requires an adult's help with ironing, pinning, and sewing. Please be careful.

1) Press
Before cutting, iron your cotton fabric nice and flat. Trust me, this makes a difference.

2) Measure, Trace, Cut
{Make this step quick & easy - no need for perfection!}
I used a square picture frame that was 12 1/2 inches x 12 1/2 inches and traced around it onto my fabric using a pencil. Another idea is to cut a piece of cardboard to the size you want to use as a template. {Keep in mind, your template should be larger since you will hem the edges, making the finished handkerchief smaller. My 12 1/2 inch raw square turned into a 10 1/2 inch hemmed square.} Cut along your traced lines.

3) Fold & Press, Fold & Press, Pin
Fold one of your raw edges over about 1/2 inch, then carefully press it flat with a hot iron. Fold the edge over again another 1/2 inch, press it flat with the iron, then pin your folded & pressed edge to hold it in place for sewing. Do this for all four sides. {Shortcut: I only pinned the four corners because I don't like to pin.}

4) Sew
Sew along your folded edges to make a hem. {Don't sew over the pins - just take them out as you get to them.} With just four straight sewn edges, this is a great project for beginning sewers.

Ideas for use:
~ Everyone feels sad or sick now and then. Make a few handkerchiefs to tell someone, "I hope you feel better soon!"
~ These handkerchiefs make the perfect wrapping for a small gift. Just wrap the same way you would with wrapping paper, then tie with a pretty ribbon.

Catie Eyer
Artist, mom, and blogger at http://five-ten-fifteen.blogspot.com


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