For this project, you will need a sewing machine, matching or contrasting thread, a seam ripper, pins and scissors. And, of course, leftover fabric. I recommend old t-shirts or dress shirts.
First, use the large pieces of fabric and cut out squares that are about 11 x 11 inches.
Throw the scraps into a scrap bag (if you have one). As you can see, I still haven't ironed this shirt but it doesn't matter. Take the large squares and double-fold the edges over one by one. Pin the seams down.
Now you can sew the seams down on the sewing machine. I tend to sew the seams close to the edges so that it can never come undone later. I also sew one edge, keep the needle in the fabric and turn it to the next edge so that I don't have to stop and start.
Here is the finished result:
Estimated time for this project: about 1 minute to cut out, 3 minutes to pin and another 2-3 minutes to sew (6-7 minutes).
- As always, pressing seams before sewing does help but it is not necessary: the results are still excellent. They are going to be washed anyways.
- These handkerchiefs are machine washable and last for a long time. I am still using some that I made three years ago and they are as good as new.
- These handkerchiefs are replacing disposable kleenexes in our house.
- I made some handkerchiefs out of old jersey t-shirts as well. For those, I did a zipper-stitch around all of the edges instead and they wash just as well. I don't recommend just cutting jersey fabric though - if the edges are not serged or sewn in some way then the edges tend to roll up.
- Try using thread that is a contrasting color to the fabric.
- I don't have a serger but you could simply serge all of the edges instead of double-folding the seams down and leave these handkerchiefs like that.