Today, I'm showing you how to make your handkerchiefs from upcycled woven fabric. This way requires a little more sewing skill, and the use of a sewing machine. This will involve cutting squares of fabric from worn-out clothes or old sheets, then sewing them on all 4 sides to prevent them from fraying.
- It is not expandable.
- When you look at it closely, you see threads in the horizontal direction, and others in the vertical direction. The wires cross at right angles.
- It is easy to tear in a straight line from a notch parallel to the direction of the threads.
Example of items made from woven fabric:
- Some pants and skirts
- flannel pajamas
Tips for choosing your equipment:
Among your used clothes or sheets, prefer a rather thin fabric, because some thicker fabrics are less easily manipulated to blow your nose or clean the inside of the nostril. For example, a thinner summer shirt will be better than a winter shirt in a thick, stiff fabric.
Think sweet! Feel free to rub the fabric over your nose to choose one that will be soft and thin enough for your little cold nose. The good news of the day: the more the fabric is worn, the softer it will be, in most cases! 🙂 Similarly, natural fibers will be softer and more absorbent than synthetic fibers.
Eventually, the more large and square pieces you choose, the more tissues you will get from the same piece of fabric, with minimal waste. For example, it will be more efficient to recover a flat sheet than a fitted sheet, or an XL shirt than a children's shirt...
1. Begin by cutting approximately 9” by 9” (23cm x 23cm) squares from your fabric. To prevent the handkerchiefs from twisting after washing, cut a notch at the desired location and then tear the fabric along the thread. The resulting cut will be straight. You will also see that it is much faster than cutting with a scissor or even a rotary cutter!
2. If you have a right stopper foot, use it, it will make your life easier to sew consistently on the edge of your handkerchief. If you don't have one, use the regular foot. You'll just have to be more mindful of the position of your fabric.
3. Fold the edge of one side of the handkerchief about ¼” (5mm) 2 times. Stitch the needle in place. Hold the folded edge while sewing.
If you have a pick (top right of next image), you can use it to hold the fold close to the needle to pick.
If you are a beginner, prick your fold with needles. It will take longer, but you will have an easier time maintaining the fold.
4. Sew the folded edge in place. Align the needle to be on the inside edge of the fold, not too close to the outside edge. Backstitch at the end of the seam.
5. Proceed in the same way with each of the 4 edges, remembering to make a stop point at the end of the first 3 sides, and at the 2 ends of the last side.
6. Cut the excess thread ends.
Enjoy your brand new washable tissues!!
If you need help, or would rather have it made from your used fabrics, please contact me in private for my schedules and rates.
Other articles on the subject:
Tutorial: Reusable Handkerchiefs Made from Recycled Fabric - Part 1 of 2: Jersey (Knit) Fabric
Tutorial: make reusable tissue boxes