Tutorial: Lace Trim Handkerchief
As a Generation Y, we hold a duty to educate our next generation (Z) so that they don’t repeat our mistake in slowly killing the Earth. To be frank, I am not a 100% green folk as many does, whom who put all their time & efforts to save the Earth, I am just doing my best in my own comfort zone, sigh… (shame on me ** blush*** !!!!) Besides using old bed sheets to make into rags & rugs; scrap paper tube into pencil holder; old torn T-shirt into tarn; grocery plastic bags into recycle bag; one of my tiny efforts is to teach my daughter to be eco-friendly to our mother Earth, for this instant, I encourage her to use handkerchief instead of tissue paper.
I love making handkerchiefs, it is the easiest and fastest project to complete. All the while, I just zig-zag sewed all the 4 edges of a 10″ x 10″ cotton scrap fabric, those are nothing special to shout about so I never mentioned about them here. This time, I made them a little different so that I have something worth your time to visit my blog (what a good excuse LOL….)
This is a very simple and fast to complete project, but…. you need to have some basics:
If you major in crochet: You need to know how to do blanket stitch and use sewing machine for zig-zag stitch. If you can’t sew with sewing machine, it is not end of the world, you can skip it by using a ready-made handkerchief.
If you major in sewing: You need to know how to crochet chain, single crochet stitch and slip stitch. Well, if you really can’t crochet, skip this tutorial, buy some ready-made lace and sew it around the edges of the handkerchief.
Since these hankies are for my daughter, I made them a little feminine with pastel color and matching color lace thread. I can imagine how they would turn out if they were done in contrasting colors.
1. Fabric stashes or scraps (10″ x 10″)
2. DMC pearl cotton thread #8 (double strand) or cotton lace thread #20
Cut fabric scrap to your desire handkerchief size. I used 10″ x 10″.
Double fold the edges about with 3/8″ hem, press with warm iron to set the crease. Zig-Zag stitch from the wrong side with sewing machine. Repeat all 4 edges. You can skip this step if you have a ready-made handkerchief.
Now, you have the handkerchief, tapestry needle, crochet hook, cotton lace thread (or DMC pearl cotton thread #8), a pair of scissors ready.
(I used lace thread #20 for these handkerchiefs. If you use DMC #8, you need to use double strand.)
Cut the lace thread approx. 1.5 times the length of the perimeter of the handkerchief (about 60″ for my case).
Insert the thread through the eye of the tapestry needle and make a knot at the longer end.
Pierce the needle on the edge of the handkerchief from the fold, this will hide the knot in there.
Repeat the blanket stitch with an interval of approx. ¼ ” apart. You can refer the zig-zag stitch for a consistent spacing for the blanket stitch. For example, a blanket stitch at every 2 zig-zag etc…
Single crochet at the blanket stitch’s intersection. To get into the intersection easier, insert the crochet hook into the blanket stitch loop, swing the hook to get into the next loop from the front (follow the yellow arrow in the picture). You should see altogether 3 loops on the hook (see the second picture below).
Continue to crochet 3 chains and single crochet stitch until you come back to the starting point. Slip stitch and fasten off. Hide yarn end into the fold.
Wet the hanky by spraying some water on the lace area, press with warm iron to set the crochet.