Quick-to-Make Linen Wedding Hankie

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Shannon_Dennis Shannon Dennis, contributor
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Make this beautiful hankie to wrap the flowers in, dry happy tears, and pass on to generations to come!
Pull the thread to create a square.
Cut out the squares created in the corners of the 19-inch linen square.
Fold up one edge along the pulled thread.
Fold the corresponding side on the diagonal.
Fold the next edge along the pulled thread line and pin the diagonal corner in place.
Here are the edges all pinned in place.
Stitch in place along the raw edge. This is a hemstitch with a wing needle.
Make this beautiful hankie to wrap the flowers in, dry happy tears, and pass on to generations to come!

Make this beautiful hankie to wrap the flowers in, dry happy tears, and pass on to generations to come!

Photo: Shannon Dennis

Linen is a beautiful woven fabric. I have learned that to get the best results, you should always use a good-quality linen. This fabric is very sensitive about being on grain, so before cutting, we are going to pull threads where we will cut.

  1. Pull out one fiber of the linen about 1/2 inch under the selvage. Pull another thread about 1 inch in from the unfinished edge.
  2. Measure 19 inches from each pulled thread line. Pull the thread on those lines to create a square of pulled thread. Cut on these lines.
  3. From the new raw edges, measure in 2 inches along each edge, and pull a thread along that line. Cut the squares out of each corner that are created from the thread pulls.
  4. Fold one edge in along the 2-inch pulled thread line. Fold the corresponding corner on the diagonal and press in place. Fold along the next pulled thread edge, pinning the corner you just created in place. Repeat this on the three remaining sides.
  5. Select a decorative stitch on your machine. I used a hemstitch and wing needle for a more vintage look. It is also a good idea to use a cotton thread, or if you want something more decorative try a polyester one. It can be bleached and will withstand more wear as well as shimmer!
  6. Stitch along the folded-up, raw edge. Press and wrap!

 

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