If you know me, you know I have a fairly long list of allergies. Foods and inhalants are my biggest ones. Easily controlled by not eating or breathing, mind you, but wouldn’t you know my luck? I need to do both those things. Consequently, I often have to be blowing my nose, and have been getting more and more uncomfortable with the amount of tissue I go through in the process. A few friends of mine have gotten on the hanky train in recent years, and I recently decided I should make the switch as well!
So this afternoon I decided I would chop up an old pillowcase and make myself a few. Here’s how I did it:
(Note: this may be the simplest photo tutorial ever known to human kind, but I know visuals help some folks out, so bear with me if this is totally boring times.)
Step 1: Cut several 11.5″ by 11.5″ squares from the old pillowcase (or piece of cotton fabric). Serge all 4 edges of each piece, leaving approximately a quarter-inch seam allowance. This amount is not important as long as you’re consistent and they end up roughly square-like.
Step 2: Iron those suckas out. This will help even out the puckered edges to some degree. This step may be unnecessary if you are a more seasoned serger than I am and have some clue about how to modify the tension on your machine appropriately for thin fabrics.
Much smoother. Still puckering a bit, but who cares? These things are for boogers after all.
Step 3: Dab a small amount of Fray Check on each corner of each piece. Let dry for 15-30 minutes. Clip the extra threads off once the corners are dry.
Step 4: Fold up your new hankies and cut your ties with The Man (aka Kleenex).
I may eventually sew myself up a little hanky-holder for my purse, too. I also toyed around with the idea of decorating these things somehow (shibori, maybe?) but I ended up being pretty lazy about it. Because again, how much do these things need to be aesthetically pleasing, considering their purpose?