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Hi.

I'm Lillie. Between my time on a retail floor, my degree in Textiles, and my experience in fashion design, I’ve learned a few things about how to take care of clothes. I'm here to share the tips and tricks I use to make my clothes last for years - and how to fix them when things go wrong.

How to Fold your Handkerchiefs in a Tissue Box

How to Fold your Handkerchiefs in a Tissue Box

I love handkerchiefs - they are functional and a great way to reduce waste from disposable paper tissues. They're also way less harsh on my nose when I have a cold, because the fabric is softer than paper tissue. I have an assortment of cute floral vintage handkerchiefs and have virtually eliminated one-use disposable tissue from my life.

The only flaw with reusable handkerchiefs is that they don't come in a handy box like your fresh new Kleenex box from the store. Thankfully, that's an easy fix!

Start with a narrow shoe box. You can use any kind of box, but I found that a re-used Kleenex box was not quite big enough for my handkerchiefs. Plus, the shoebox has a built-in lid. If all your shoeboxes have obnoxious branding, you could paint a box or wrap it in paper. This box is plain enough for me.

There's still a bar code on the side of it though.... shhhh.

There's still a bar code on the side of it though.... shhhh.

You'll want to cut a hole in the top of the box as shown. Mine is a little too large, so I taped some ribbon on either side to make a smaller opening. This also mimics the plastic covering and slit on store-bought tissue.

 

You can probably get away without the ribbon if you cut the hole smaller. Just make sure you can still reach in with your fingers to pull the first handkerchief out.

You can probably get away without the ribbon if you cut the hole smaller. Just make sure you can still reach in with your fingers to pull the first handkerchief out.

Then, start folding your handkerchiefs. Sometimes I iron the handkerchiefs if I'm feeling extra-fancy, but these days I usually don't. Since most of them are hidden inside the box, you don't really get to see your pretty ironing work anyway. 

I typically just wash them together on a normal cycle, then hang to dry. You can wash them on hot if you're concerned about germs (especially if you're getting over a cold). Alternatively, you could boil them in a pot for about 10 minutes after washing. 

Overlap two handkerchiefs so that the middle is roughly the size of your tissue box:

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Then, fold the bottom handkerchief over the top handkerchief, and place a new handkerchief over that spot. 

 

Do the same for the top handkerchief. Rinse and repeat!

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But wait... what if you have a mix of men's and women's sized handkerchiefs? I have a mix of small handkerchiefs and a few giant ones inherited from my grandfather. They are easy to mix together - just fold the corners of the large handkerchief in, and you'll have a small handkerchief!

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When you have a nice stack of folded handkerchiefs, stick them in your box. It's okay if your stack is a little big for the box - it will still work if you smush it in a little.

Put the lid on, pull the first tissue through.. and voila! Never buy a box of tissues again!

 

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