How to make pocket square handkerchiefs for prom tuxes

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How to make pocket square handkerchiefs for prom tuxes
Tuck a hankerchief in your prom tuxedo's jacket pocket for a more formal look. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Crafting your own pocket square to accent and personalise your tuxedo for a more fashionable prom look can be moderately simple and is less expensive than buying one at a tuxedo supplier. Match fabric for handkerchiefs to colour coordinate with your date's dress or accompany a boutonnière for a contrasting fashion statement. Handkerchiefs can be crafted in your own home and leave you with a little extra money to ride to prom in style.

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Ruler
  • Fabric pencil
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Plug in an iron to preheat. Turn it to the cotton setting or the low setting if you are using silk. Mark a 12.5 x 12.5-inch square on the back side of the fabric using a ruler and fabric pencil. Cut out the square using a pair of scissors.

  2. 2

    Lay the fabric square on a flat surface with the back facing you. Fold the edge over 1/2-inch and press with an iron. Repeat on the other three sides.

  3. 3

    Place one side of the square under the sewing machine and sew from one corner to the next; sew as close to the edge as you can. Then turn the square to your right and sew along the next edge. Repeat until all sides are sewn. Cut off any excess fabric from the hem, fold the handkerchief and place in your tuxedo pocket.

Tips and warnings

  • Ask your prom date to take their dress to the fabric store and match fabric for you in order to colour coordinate and still be surprised at what they are wearing.

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