Cold and flu season is certainly here, isn’t it? There are some nasty icks going around right now, and all of those stuffy noses mean lots of boxes of tissues, right? The trouble with tissues is that after your nose-blowing is done, that paper goes right to the landfill. You can’t recycle used tissues. Before the winter cold or flu hits you, check out how to sew a handkerchief, so your runny nose won’t use so much paper!
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If you’re new to handkerchiefs, there’s definitely a grossness factor to get past. Use the same cloth to blow your nose multiple times? EW!
Think about eating a messy meal, though. You don’t use a new napkin every time you wipe your mouth, right? You just find an unused part of your napkin to do the trick. It’s the same with a hankie. Once you get the swing of it, it’s really not too gross, and you can sew up multiple hankies, so you can swap them out when you reach your threshhold with one.
Once I got used to using cloth, I liked it so much better than paper. Paper hankies always leave your nose so raw and painful, and cloth is much gentler on your skin. Plus, it saves a lot of money! Instead of buying box after box of tissues, you just toss those hankies in the wash, and they’re ready to use again!
You can use the video tutorial on the next page to make a hankie of any size, and it’s a two-ply deal, so it’s much more absorbent than the flimsy little hankies you’re used to seeing. Ready to get sewing? Check out the tutorial on the next page!
photo by Becky Striepe
How to Sew a Handkerchief
OK, guys, I will let you in on a secret now: handkerchiefs are just cloth napkins using an assumed identity! This reversible napkin tutorial is perfect for making a super absorbent, durable hankie for cold and flu season. All you need to make your handkerchief are:
two pieces of fabric – these can be the same or you can mix up your fabrics to have a little fun! Choose something absorbent like organic cotton, hemp, or linen
- sewing machine
- fabric scissors
- measuring tape
Here’s the tutorial: