How to Make Your Own Hankerchief Skirt

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How to Make Your Own Hankerchief Skirt
A handkerchief shirt is a simple sewing project. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A handkerchief skirt with its floaty eight pointed hemline is a very feminine garment which will make any girl look and feel special. The skirt is quite simple to make and gets its name from the look of a unfolded handkerchief waving in the wind. The skirt is made from two squares of fabric with a separate waistband and can be made from delicate chiffon or silk for an evening or party look or from a hard wearing corduroy or denim for a daytime cowgirl style.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Two squares of fabric 45 inches square in matching or contrasting materials.
  • Sewing machine or fine needles and thread.
  • Inch wide elastic
  • Bias tape
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Tailors chalk
  • String
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Calculator

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  1. 1

    Take both the squares of material in turn and make a double fold half an inch wide around the outer edge. Fold onto the wrong side of the material. Pin into position and iron the hem so that it is straight.

  2. 2

    Sew the hems all the way round the squares of material using a neat top stitch that will not show through on to the right side of the material

  3. 3

    Place the hemmed material flat on the floor or a large table. Position the second square so that the eight corners of the two squares are over lapped into a start pattern. Pin the two pieces of fabric together.

  4. 4

    Measure the hips of the person who will wear the skirt. Divide this measurement by 3.14 to find the radius of the skirt. Cut a piece of string to the one inch longer than the radius you have measured. Pin one end to the centre of the squares of material and use the tailors chalk to draw a circle the radius of the string. Pin round the outside edge of the circle. Cut this circle out.

  5. 5

    With the wrong side of the material facing, sew the pinned circles together using small even stitches. Turn the garment so that the right side of the material is showing and pin on the bias tape around the circular hole. Sew this in place leaving a gap between the top and bottom hem for elastic to be threaded through. Leave the ends of the seam open.

  6. 6

    Thread the elastic though the bias hem and fit to the wearer. Sew the elastic together with strong thread and sew up the gap where it was threaded through.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose two contrasting colours to make a pretty skirt which will show different colours as you walk. Add trimmings, beads or braiding to the handkerchief hems to create an original design. Make your skirt shorter or longer by using bigger or smaller squares of material.
  • Secure the elastic tightly before cutting to size when making the final fitting.

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