Handmade Holidays: Handkerchiefs

Handmade Holidays: Handkerchiefs
Handmade Hankerchiefs

My husband always carries a handkerchief in his back pocket.  It's a look that I find both stylish and charmingly old-fashioned (especially on the occasions it is offered to me to wipe away a tear or runny nose).  It is usually in some sort of pattern, and always softly worn from love and washing. 

Since a handkerchief is essentially just a square of fabric finished at the edges, I thought to myself, I could totally make that.  I went to the fabric store and picked out a few shirting fabrics in cute prints, and got to work.  It turned out to be one of his favorite presents ever! 

With that in mind, this is the first of hopefully a few tips on holiday gift ideas you can make at home.  If you have pretty basic sewing skills, you can pull this one off, and it makes a great gift for anyone into stylish menwear (or grandpas who still rock a handkerchief!).


  • 18 inch square of fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Basic sewing supplies - pins, thread, fabric scissors

To begin, measure your fabric to an 18 inch by 18 inch square and cut out.  Next, fold the edges over 1/4 inch and iron.  You don't need to do anything fancy with the corners.  You can just fold one corner over the other edge (if you are feeling fancy and know how, you could do mitered corners, but honestly, your gift recipient won't mind at all and it will totally hold up if you just fold them over other!). Fold the edges over a second time, maintaining 1/4 inch, and iron.  Pin down edges to hold in place for sewing.

Homeade Handkerchief Edges

Using a sewing machine with coordinating thread, carefully stitch around the edges,  The stitch should be just inside the 1/4 inch hem.  Once the edges are stitched down, trim any loose threads, and you are good to go!  Repeat if you would like to make a set.  Stack up a few and tie with a ribbon for a very cute stocking stuffer!

Handmade Hankerchiefs