This lace trim handkerchief is a very simple and a quick project to complete, you just need to have some basics:
If you major in crochet: You need to know how to do blanket-stitch and use a sewing machine for zig-zag stitch.
If you major in sewing: You need to know how to crochet chain, single crochet stitch and slip stitch.
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….)
Since this lace trim handkerchief is 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.
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 bedsheets 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.
- Fabric stashes or scraps (10" x 10")
- DMC pearl cotton thread #8 (double strand) or cotton lace thread #20
- Crochet hook: 1.5 mm
- Tapestry needle
- Sewing machine
- Sewing kits
Cut fabric scrap to your desire handkerchief size. I used 10" x 10".Double fold the edges about with 3/8" hem, press with a warm iron to set the crease. Zig-Zag stitch from the wrong side with a 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 a 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.
Sew approx. ¼ " apart near the edge, with the thread below the needle to make a blanket stitch.
A correct blanket stitch should show the thread intersect or cross at the loop.
Repeat the blanket stitch with an interval of approx. ¼ " apart. You can refer to the zig-zag stitch for a consistent spacing for the blanket stitch. For example, a blanket stitch at every 2 zig-zag, etc.
Go round the 4 sides of the handkerchief. Fasten, cut and hide thread end. Insert a new lace thread into the fold, tie a knot and hide it in the fold. Get ready to crochet.
Insert the crochet hook at the blanket stitch's intersection (refer the second photo below for a clearer picture), pull the yarn over to become a loop on the hook.
Crochet 3 Chain stitches as shown in the picture above.
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).
Again, repeat 3 chain stitches after the single crochet at the intersection.
And, single crochet at the next intersection again. This picture shows better how the hook sits in the intersection with the 3 loops on it.
Continue to crochet 3 chains and single crochet stitch until you come back to the starting point. Slip stitch and fasten off. Hide yarn ends into the fold. Wet the hanky by spraying some water on the lace area, press with a warm iron to set the crochet. The lace trim handkerchief is ready for its service to you.