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Date: 12/19/12 6:52 PM

I would like to make some handkerchiefs for my 96 year old Daddy. As disgusting as it is, he still likes to blow his nose into a cotton handkerchief rather than use a tissue. His handkerchiefs have seen much better days. Problem is, the ones I buy are paper thin. What can I make them out of? They have to be white. How about a heavy broad cloth or Kona Cotton?

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Date: 12/19/12 7:29 PM

What's disgusting about it? I make them for both hubby and I out of... handkerchief linen

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Date: 12/19/12 8:16 PM

I made a bunch several years ago out of well worn flannelette. They were for someone who highly appreciated used, recycled, upcycled stuff. I would go with broadcloth and see if he likes it. Probably several prewashes will make them nicer to use.

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Subject: Mens handkerchiefs Date: 12/19/12 8:58 PM

I just look for 100% cotton fabric that feels good. I've never made them from flannel, but I expect they would feel good on your nose even when you have a cold! My dad likes handkerchiefs and it's an easy gift to make and give. I love handkerchiefs too, I often find embroidered ones at yard sales.

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Date: 12/20/12 8:52 AM

Thank you all for some wonderful suggestions. My husband carries cloth handkerchiefs, but rarely uses them to blow his nose in(only in an emergency). Daddy has done this all my life and I've never gotten use to it...It's even worse, now that I'm washing them.

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Date: 12/20/12 9:01 AM

JTink if you have any stores like Farm & Fleet or Ben Franklin's you can buy them for Daddy. I got some for Mom last month at Ben Franklin's 3 in the box lady like (as Mom would say) .... men's would be the all white or the large square red, or navy blue is what they had at Ben Franklin's. .............. Whatever you do I hope your Daddy likes them. ....

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Date: 12/20/12 9:09 AM

My first days learning to iron was ironing handkerchiefs for my daddy; he'd be 96 now, too. I love using regular handkerchiefs for myself because if they get lost in a pocket and the item gets washed, especially something dark, I'm not picking lint for years to come.

What you want is something that is going to absorb; yes, I know, that sounds gross, but that's the purpose of a hankie. So I wouldn't use broadcloth. Kona cotton would be good, a heavier handkerchief linen would be good, (most handkerchief linens I've recently seen look like batiste, though) and I think the idea of flannel is excellent, especially in winter. Hemstitch 1/2" away from the edges and monogram in the middle one side and those handkerchiefs will look like something you bought at Joseph Banks.

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Date: 12/20/12 9:20 AM

Miss Fairchild...I also learned how to iron by doing Daddy's handkerchiefs... He has been using the same ones for decades. Us kids use to always give him handkerchiefs for Christmas. That's when you could by nice ones. While putting away some of his clean laundry a few weeks ago, I discovered a box of of three that had never been opened(I've been tossing out the really bad ones). He needs a few more to replace the nasty ones. I opened the box and was just horrified at how thin they were. These were more "put them in your suit pocket and look nice" types. No way he could blow that ample Italian nose in to one of those and not cause a real delimma(especially in public). So I threw them out.

I think I will check out the kona. Daddy likes white. I wish he would use a color, it would "look" a little nicer. My husband likes the bandana type(blues, red). I've even made him some for this Christmas from blue bandana material I found. Oh and I hear you on the tissues in the wash...Just finished cleaning up some husband left in his pocket....ewwww...what a mess one little tissue can make in the washer and dryer.

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Date: 12/20/12 10:08 AM

I am the guilty party for tissues in the wash at my house. I have that permanently dripping nose that just gets slightly better or worse sometimes. My big discovery was that the tissues with lotion definitely hold together better. They sometimes don't even separate into the different layers! I am religious about pocket checking, but sometimes one will get tucked into a sleeve or waistband and I miss them.

I will sometimes use flannel hankies when I have a cold and years ago I had a friend tell me, after observing this, that research showed that hankie users get more colds than tissue users. At the time I wanted to yell "I already have a cold! Trying to prevent a future cold now would be stupid!" But I didn't. Funny how dumb things like that still irk after close to 30 years.

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Date: 12/20/12 3:55 PM

If you'd like to buy some instead, try these at the Vermont Country Store. They look like the real deal.

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