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Fabrics 101:
Embroidering on Handkerchiefs

Free project instructions to embroider on handkerchiefs. Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions to embroider on handkerchiefs.


Embroidered handkerchiefs are timeless, classic gifts for friends and family (especially for weddings and showers!). Create a contemporary version of the traditional antique linens using these helpful instructions.
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Handkerchief
- Water-soluble, tear-away stabilizer,
  or cutaway
- Air-erase pen for marking

Designs included in the project and video are:

- 2" Fancy Flourish Alphabet
- D9954, Victorian Butterfly
- D4667, Simply Bird and Blossoms Corner
- L6960, Inky Queen Anne's Lace Accessory
 

Free video with instructions on how to embroider on handkerchiefs.


Free project instructions to embroider on handkerchiefs.
A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool to plan where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Arrange the template on the handkerchief. In this example, the letter B is in the corner.

Mark the center point, as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines.

Free project instructions to embroider on handkerchiefs.
Cutaway stabilizer is usually the best choice when embroidering. But handkerchiefs are light and transparent, and the stabilizer may show through.

If using a light and simple design, tear-away or water-soluble stabilizer can be used instead of cutaway.

Free project instructions to embroider on handkerchiefs.
Hoop the handkerchief with the stabilizer. Vilene, a fibrous water-soluble stabilizer, is used in this example.

When hooping, line up the marks on the handkerchief with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions to embroider on handkerchiefs.
The design will be seen from both sides of the handkerchief. Wind a bobbin with the same thread used in the top.

Free project instructions to embroider on handkerchiefs.
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point.

Embroider the design. A size 11 or 75/11 embroidery needle will work well.

Free project instructions to embroider on handkerchiefs.
After embroidering, cut most of the stabilizer away.

Free project instructions to embroider on handkerchiefs.
Soak in water to remove the rest.

Free project instructions to embroider on handkerchiefs.
Air-dry, and press. Use a pressing cloth.

Free project instructions to embroider on handkerchiefs.
When choosing designs for handkerchiefs, select light and simple designs. Those work best with the delicate fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider on handkerchiefs.
Give an embroidered handkerchief as a gift for a bride, mother-of-the-bride, or baby shower gift.

They're beautiful, contemporary renditions of classic antique linens.

Free project instructions to embroider on handkerchiefs.
Monograms are a timeless way to customize handkerchiefs. You can find a wide variety of alphabet designs perfect for monogramming here.


Stitching tips for handkerchiefs:
 

Needle 75/11 or size 11 embroidery needle
 
Stabilizer Cutaway, tear-away, or water-soluble can be used. Water-soluble is used in the example above.
 
Design Choice Choose light designs with low complexity. Vintage, Redwork, and toile are excellent for handkerchiefs.
   


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