Back in the day, there was no such thing as Kleenex and everyone carried around a handkerchief. Everyone owned several and just washed them over and over again. This is a much more eco friendly alternative to trees being cut down to create the disposable ones. You can buy ones that are made from recycled paper but even that process is energy and water intensive. And then you still have billions and billions of tissues ending up in landfill.
Handkerchiefs are super easy to make and can be made from a variety of materials.
Here are the general steps:
Find an old t-shirt that you don’t wear anymore. The fabric can be whatever you have on hand (cotton, cotton-synthetic blend, silk, hemp, linen, etc.) Iron the fabric.
Measure 10.5″ x 10.5″ plus a 1″ allowance (making the measurements 11.5″ x 11.5)″ then mark it with a marker or pen.
Fold the fabric into a triangle using your markings as your guide then cut it. Unfold it. Fold all the four sides of your seam and iron the folds to make it easier to sew.
Sew the folds on each side using a straight stitch (google straight stitch if you’re not sure what that is)
That’s it! You now have your very own DIY handkerchief.