How to make a neckerchief

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Neckerchiefs are popular accessories that come in a variety of patterns. Making your own neckerchief is an activity that requires minimal sewing skills. With thousands of fabric patterns readily available on the market, your choices for hand-sewn neckerchiefs are endless.

Handmade neckerchiefs make ideal inexpensive gifts, prizes or craft show items -- plan on making several for gift giving.

Cut a square of cotton fabric 40 cm by 40 cm (16 inches by 16 inches). Iron the square flat to remove all wrinkles.

Lay the fabric on its right side on the ironing board, with the wrong side facing up. Turn over a hem 6 mm (1/4 inch) all the way around the perimeter of the square, ironing it into place as you go.

Fold over again 6 mm (1/4 inch) all around the perimeter of the square, ironing in place as you go. Use a few straight pins to secure the hem after ironing.

Use a straight stitch on the sewing machine to sew the hem down. Iron again after completing the hem. Trim any stray threads with the scissors.