How to Make Lace Handkerchiefs

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Things You'll Need

  • Small amount of white lace fabric

  • Measuring tape

  • Scissors

  • Iron

  • Pressing cloth

  • 1-inch flat white lace trim, 48 inches

  • Straight pins

  • Sewing machine

  • White thread

  • Embroidery scissors

Handkerchiefs used to be an accessory that our grandmothers had in their possession at all times. These beautiful hankies have since been replaced by the tissue box. Even though they are not used much anymore, they are still commonly carried by a bride on her wedding day or tucked into a Bible on a baby's christening day. Lace handkerchiefs are simple to make and can be passed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom.


Step 1

Measure and cut a piece of white lace fabric, 10 inches square. Place a pressing cloth over the lace to protect the fabric and iron. Use a "Warm" setting. The pressing cloth will prevent scorching.

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Step 2

Measure and cut four lengths of 1-inch wide white lace trim, 12 inches long. Place a pressing cloth over the lace trim to protect it. Press, using a "Warm" setting. It is important that all pieces be completely flat to ensure the seams will be flat.


Step 3

Lay one 12-inch length of the lace trim along one side of the square. If the long edges of your lace trim have one decorative edge and one straight edge, be sure the straight edge is next to the lace fabric square. Overlap the trim over the lace square a 1/4 inch, centering the trim with 1 inch extended on each end. Pin the trim to the fabric. Repeat with the remaining trim strips on each side of the square, overlapping the ends at the corners.


Step 4

Zigzag stitch the lace trim to the fabric square, over the 1/4-inch overlap. Use the smallest zigzag stitch setting on your sewing machine.


Make lace handkerchiefs, for all your children and grandchildren, from an old family wedding dress. These will make wonderful "something old" items for a bride's wedding.

Lace handkerchiefs can also be stitched into a baby bonnet for a baby's christening. Remove the stitches so that it becomes a handkerchief again.



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