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Handkerchiefs make a nice gift for bridesmaids or for mother and mother-in-law gifts for your wedding. Making them yourself creates a personal gift they are sure to cherish for years to come. With some basic sewing skills, you can create beautiful handkerchiefs for your wedding. Once you have the handkerchief made, you can hand embroider it with your wedding details for a personal touch.
Using your scissors, cut an 18-inch square out of the linen fabric.
Measure 1-inch in from the outsides of the square and using tweezers, pull out three to four pieces of the thread.
Fold your fabric in from the edges about a 1/2-inch and press it with your iron going in toward the centre of the handkerchief.
Thread your needle with embroidery floss and hand stitch the areas where you pulled out the thread. Use approximately three to four of the threads as the guide for gathering one stitch.
Go back over your stitch, this time picking up a few threads from the fabric that you pressed over. This will create a nice hem for the handkerchief.
Using a fabric pencil, trace a monogram and the date of your wedding in one corner of the handkerchief.
Use coordinating colours of embroidery floss to embroider the monogram and wedding date to finish your project.
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