How to Make an Heirloom Lace-Edged Hanky for the Bride-to-Be

comments (12) February 17th, 2016     

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My embroidered initial was an opportunity for a little something blue.
Youll be surprised how easy it is to make mitered lace corners!
My friend Pam sends this sweet note off with each hanky she gives to a bride-to-be...
My embroidered initial was an opportunity for a little something blue.

My embroidered initial was an opportunity for a little something blue.

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Lightly spray starch on the laces you will be using. Let it dry, then press it flat-don't rub back and forth with the iron because you'll stretch it out of shape. Set up your sewing machine to sew lace-to-lace:

  1. Wipe off the flat-bed surface of your sewing machine with a little Windex on a paper towel so it's nice and clean.
  2. Put in a size 10 needle.
  3. Wind a bobbin and thread the machine with 60-weight fine cotton sewing thread.
  4. Select the zigzag stitch. Set the width to 2.5 mm and the length to 1.5 mm.

To sew the insertion lace to the edging lace, butt the headers together (the header is the narrow woven edge along the straight side of the lace). Lace edging only has a header on the straight side, while insertion lace has one on both sides; that way, you can sew as many insertion pieces together as you want before adding the edging lace. Center the lace strips under your presser foot. I'm using an open-toe foot so I can see where I'm sewing. The goal is to zigzag back and forth into each header to join the two pieces of lace together. It takes a little practice, so just go SLOW. If you "miss" a spot, don't worry; you can go back and fix it later.

sew lace together
Starching the lace makes it behave much nicer!

Press the fancy band flat. If you want to make a wider band, you can choose wider lace or add more rows of insertion lace before you join it to the batiste.

Press lace band
The zigzag stitching disappears as it wraps around the two headers to join the laces.

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Comments (12)

kaykay7c writes: Did you pre-wash your batiste? I got mine from Martha Pullen. I went to another fabric store for other supplies and the lady there told me batiste didn't need to be pre-washed.
Posted: 3:30 pm on May 12th
Cteleisha writes: Just lovely....I'm so happy to find your post! Thank you
Posted: 9:59 pm on February 6th
BoHolm writes: Was just wondering if you wash your lace before you starch and sew it onto the hanky. Do you use any stabilizer between the lace and fabric when sewing
I made 2 hankies but was not happy with my mitred corners. Your instructions are clear however I am I wondering if there is another way to get a crisper mitred corner. Any tips you are able to offer would be appreciated
Thankyou
Posted: 9:31 pm on June 24th
kobochan writes: i love the idea... ty ty ty...
Posted: 1:30 am on June 29th
Lilyangel writes: *first attempt....
Posted: 1:07 pm on January 21st
Lilyangel writes: Needing to make a bride's hankie for my dil...just wondering, did you hem (rolled or otherwise) the hankie before you added the lace? I can't tell from the pictures and it doesn't say in the tutorial...Fist attempt here so I want to make sure I know what I am doing!! lol
Thanks!!
Posted: 1:04 pm on January 21st
NeedtoSewBlog writes: Absolutely lovely! Just the perfect gift this time of year.

Thank you!
http://www.needtosew.blogspot.com
Posted: 1:45 pm on June 5th
tsailee writes: Brayden, I was able to find this online and thought it might help:
http://bumblebeelinens.com/hankiebonnet.php

Martha Pullen also sells handkerchief bonnet kits at her store: http://store.marthapullen.com. Look at the menu on the left under "Kits".

These are also great gifts for older men who prefer monogrammed hankies to Kleenex. Just serge the edges instead of adding lace.
Posted: 1:22 pm on May 27th
Sweet_Dee writes: I am always looking for ways to make heirlooms, I love this! I love the words in the poem and the whole idea! LOVE THIS HANKY!
Posted: 9:21 pm on May 17th
Brayden4 writes: I love the hanky with the 'blue' initial embroidery. I will be doing that for my daughters wedding.
Does anyone have a pattern for a brides hanky that turns into something for a baby? I can't remember what it was, but I loved the idea, any suggestions would be helpful!!!
Posted: 10:31 pm on May 16th
JenniferStern writes: Hi Meredith, I like to use Aqua Mesh wash away stabilizer--it looks like paper (not the clear stuff). After the embroidery is done, I trim most of the stabilizer away and then the rest washes away. I almost alway use 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray to hold the fabric in the hoop--It makes it much easier to get the embroidery positioned exactly where I want it! (Never too many questions... :>)
Posted: 5:12 pm on May 16th
MeredithP writes: I love heirloom sewing, but really have no use for it. I like this idea very much. I assume you used a wash away stabilizer when you machine embroidered? What type do you like for this purpose? Did you use temporary spray adhesive to secure the hankie to the stabilizer, or perhaps sticky wash away? So many questions...:-)
Posted: 9:39 am on May 16th
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