A Pocket Full of Pocket Squares

Pretty dapper huh?

Pretty dapper huh?

How to makeMy handsome hubby wears suits to work everyday.  A year or so ago we went to a formal event and he wore a pocket square, the look was fabulous, and really completed the look.  He looked incredibly dapper.  Recently he started to show an interest in wearing pocket squares on a more regular basis, not just on fancy occasions.  They add such a fun touch, sometimes even whimsy to a suit.  You can really use this simple piece to change the entire look of the suit.  We looked on the internet for the best ways to fold them and started adding fun touches to his suits.  What we found is that the pocket square would lose its shape and then just look frumpy – not the look he was going for.  So, we looked into ordering pre-folded pocket squares.  Sometimes something so simple can be hard to find.   We saw them on a card at a mens clothing store and thought how simple.  Which got me thinking.  I’m always up for a challenge especially when it comes to making things – for example pocket squares on cards, so I thought I would give it a try.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • card stock in dark colors (black or navy work best)

    The supplies you'll need

    The supplies you’ll need

  • scissors
  • ruler
  • fabric for pocket squares
  • binder clips or clips of some kind
  • sewing machine
  • iron

Decide what type of fabric you would like your pocket squares to be made out of, I have used silk and cotton.  Another common option is linen.  Once you’ve gotten all your supplies together you can make just about any style of pocket square you wish.  The whole project from start to finish took me about 30 minutes the first time I did it, and the second time about 15 minutes.  There are lots of different pocket square options out there – the hard part is choosing which you want to make first.

I was surprised how easy it was to make these pocket squares, I made 6 in about an hour and a half.  I did some basic ones and then others that were a little more time consuming to make.  Silk is a little trickier to work with because it is so slippery.  The cotton fabric was a dream, it held its shape really well as I assume linen would too.

I love the look of how the polka dots turned out

The square on the left was the most difficult to make, and the one on the right was the easiest, just a poof with the bottom cut off.

The square on the left was the most difficult to make, and the one on the right was the easiest, just a poof with the bottom cut off.

The cardstock should be cut 3.5 x 10

The cardstock should be cut 3.5 x 10, you will want it to be long because each pocket is a different depth and you will want to make sure you have room to cut it down

Fold and cut 2 inches off of the bottom of the card

Fold and cut 2 inches off of the bottom of the card

Iron our your piece of fabric

Iron our your piece of fabric

The top of the square should be 3.4 inches across, just smaller than the card.

The top of the square should be 3.4 inches across, just smaller than the card.

Fold the edges in so that there are no rough edges showing

Fold the edges in so that there are no rough edges showing

Once you have the correct measurement fold the piece over so rough edges are touching

Once you have the correct measurement fold the piece over so rough edges are touching

Iron as you go to get a crisp edge

Iron as you go to get a crisp edge

Measure so that just about 1 inch I showing above the top of the card

Measure so that just about 1 inch I showing above the top of the card

Fold the edges in and iron them in place

Fold the edges in and iron them in place

Lay the square on the card and measure one inch, or just a little over

Lay the square on the card and measure one inch, or just a little over

Lay the pocket square so that it is just about one inch above the card

Lay the pocket square so that it is just about one inch above the card

Use the binder clips to hold the pieces together the silk is very slippery and this works really well

I use the binder clips to hold the pieces together the silk is very slippery and this works really well

remove the clips as you sew the card

I used binder clips to hold the pocket square and cardstock together

Sew the 2 inch card

Sew the 2 inch card

It doesn't really matter if the stitching is crooked since it won't be showing.

It doesn’t really matter if the stitching is crooked since it won’t be showing.

I hope that you find this tutorial to be helpful, if you prefer to go with folding your own pocket squares Great Tutorial for Pocket Square Folding from The Art of Manliness.

Until next time, happy crafting,

-Erin

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