How to Make a Handkerchief in Just 15 Minutes: Super-Simple Gift Idea

Break n Remake
by Break n Remake
6 Materials
15 Minutes

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a handkerchief as a gift or for a special occasion.

For example, some weddings have custom colors and fabrics for the special day. Not just for the bridesmaids but the groomsmen as well! Here is a way to make custom DIY handkerchiefs that can be used as pocket squares to wear to the wedding and as a gift to use later on.

You can use any type and color of fabric to make a truly custom piece. Let’s get started on how to make a handkerchief!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger or overlock machine (optional)
  • Iron
How to make a men's pocket-handkerchief

1. Cut the fabric

The average size of a pocket square or men’s hankie is 10 X 10 inches. Depending on how many squares you are planning to make, make sure you have enough fabric.

Pressing the fabric with an iron

2. Fold the fabric

Create a hem by folding in one side between ¼ to ½ of an inch. Press the fabric to hold it in place.

Making a DIY handkerchief

Set up the turns by each fold and iron them down to cover up any frayed edges and to create a smooth finish.

How to sew a handkerchief

3. Get ready to sew

Some people feel better having the fabric pinned in place. You can also go rogue and go without. It’s totally up to you!

Line up the edge of the fabric with the inside edge of the foot of the sewing machine. Sew right at the edge of the hem.

How to sew a handkerchief edge

As you get to the corner, just tuck the edges in place and do a turn and pivot. For beginners, this means folding the edge up and tucking everything inside.

Put the needle into your work, lift the presser foot, and rotate the fabric and fold it in.

Sewing a DIY handkerchief

Put the foot down and you’re ready to go! 

Serging the edges of the DIY handkerchief

4. Serge (optional)

If you have a serger, serge all the edges.

Folding the fabric over for a small hem

Then fold the fabric over very tightly so you have a super tiny hem.

Sewing the hem of the DIY handkerchief

Sew the hem with the same turn-and-pivot technique. 

How to make a handkerchief

How to make a handkerchief

This is a perfect wedding gift if you’re just learning how to sew! I hope this helps you learn how to make a men's pocket handkerchief! Let me know in the comments if you found this helpful and easy. I love hearing from you!

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
See all materials

The author may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

Join the conversation