How to Turn a Corner in a Handkerchief Hem

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How to Turn a Corner in a Handkerchief Hem
Turn a corner in a handkerchief hem. (papel image by juanjo tugores from

Ditch the disposable tissues and revive the reusable handkerchiefs. Not only are they stylish, but they are economical as well. If you possess basic sewing skills, you can make your own handkerchiefs out of cotton fabric. A basic hem is the only sewing necessary to make a handkerchief. As you stitch the narrow rolled hem around your handkerchief, slow down and turn the corners carefully to create a neat and attractive handkerchief.

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Things you need

  • 12-inch square of cotton fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Iron

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  1. 1

    Place the 12-inch square of cotton fabric into your sewing machine with the wrong side facing up. Fold over the edge approximately ¼-inch and begin stitching along the folded edge 1/16-inch away from the fold. Stitch slowly and continue to fold over the edge of the fabric while you sew. Stitch until you are 1/16-inch away from the first corner.

  2. 2

    Turn the sewing machine needle so it is down into the fabric. Lift the presser foot and rotate your fabric 90 degrees to turn the corner. Place the presser foot back down and continue to stitch in the same fashion.

  3. 3

    Stitch around the next three corners and stitch the remainder of the handkerchief in the same fashion.

  4. 4

    Trim the fabric from the seam allowance off with the scissors along the stitching line to remove the excess fabric.

  5. 5

    Fold the folded edge of the handkerchief over ¼-inch again.

  6. 6

    Stitch along the second fold, again 1/16-inch away from the folded edge. Sew until you are 1/16-inch away from the first corner.

  7. 7

    Repeat step two again to turn the corner. Hem the remaining corners and edges in the same fashion to hem the handkerchief.

  8. 8

    Iron the handkerchief lightly to set the hem.

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