Hello All! This one is actually two tutorials in one–or 3 in one, but that’s debatable. And, parts are definitely pushing the limits of the title “easy”. I have put some time into trying to make a rolled hem hanky and sadly, I don’t feel that my handiwork is blog-ready. With that in mind, I am going to provide you with a link to a great tutorial on the Purl Bee to make a rolled hem hanky, but I am also going to let those of you who don’t have the needle wielding experience that might make that project an “easy” project off the hook to just make a hanky with a fold/press/machine sewn hem. Skip to My Lou has a really nice explanation for how to this, just head here. You might even do a frayed edge hanky as described here. Or, you can always buy a plain hanky–they still sell them at a lot of department stores. This is a great gift because hankies can be used for drippy noses, as doilies, tied up they could serve as little pouch for jewelry or earplugs for travel. I have many of them, mostly handed down from my Mom and grandparents and I use them far more than I ever would have imagined. I even make kids hankies (small, double-sided, with flannel) for my son because if his nose isn’t dripping, he’s got food stuck to his face or something sticky way back by his ear that may or may not be candy cane. In short, he just always need a wipe of some kind. Then, there’s the piece about embroidering. This can be anything from a simple cross stitch to a more elaborate design as I have show here from the blog, Angel Eden. Click here and the link will take you directly to the post where she talks about a technique called Kamal Kadai. There are so many good resources for learning how to do needlework online. I won’t be citing any here, but just give it a Google and you’ll find what you need. OR, do what I have done–head to the library and check out a book on needlework!
Happy Sewing everyone and please let us know if you’ve got a good tutorial up your sleeve or know of one on the web that we should share.