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Sewing Tatüta - Instructions for a handkerchief bag

  • The material selection
  • The pattern
  • Sew tatüta
  • Quick guide

Why sew a Tatüta ">

So today I'll show you how to sew a beautiful bag for your handkerchiefs easily and simply. In addition, I will incorporate some creative food for thought into modifications and upgrades and finally show that almost any material can really be used for that.

Difficulty level 1/5
(this tutorial for a Tatüta is also suitable for beginners)

Material costs 1-2 / 5
(Depending on the choice of fabric can be sewn from remnants of a beautiful Tatüta)

Time required 1.5 / 5
(depending on experience and accuracy about 25 minutes including cutting and ironing)

The material selection

Basically, cotton handkerchiefs are recommended for handkerchief bags. However, many sew more with jersey and look for projects for meaningful remainder utilization. That's why I want to show today that cotton jersey can be wonderfully processed into a beautiful tatüta.

Tip: If you still want to use woven fabric, this is in this case with my size 1: 1 possible because the handkerchief bag is calculated generously.

The pattern

The pattern consists of two rectangles:

  • A smaller rectangle with 15 x 17 cm for the outside
  • A larger rectangle with 15 x 21 cm for the inside

These sizes can be easily calculated by the dimensions of a standard ten-pack of paper handkerchiefs including seam allowances and a little leeway (rounded up to the nearest centimeter). In addition, the inner fabric on each side is again about an inch longer and the outer fabric is shorter, as a beautiful end strip is created at the edges.

When cutting with motifs, make sure that the fabrics are in the right place. The 15cm fabric side should lie horizontally in front of you.

Tip: For woven fabrics, it is best to pinch both rectangles immediately, that is: Sew along the edge with a large (long and wide) zig-zag stitch so that the needle always pokes into the fabric and then just next to it. This ensures that nothing dissolves later and creates unsightly holes.

No matter if jersey or woven fabric: For particularly strong hold, the 15 cm inner fabric edges on the left side of the fabric (ie on the without motif, on the back) can be reinforced with a non-woven fabric or seam tape. As a result, the Tatüta keeps its shape better when used frequently.

Sew tatüta

Lay the two rectangles together with the "15" edges with the "nice" sides together and pin them down.

Sew this length with your usual seam allowance (between 0.7 and 1 centimeter) depending on the fabric with the appropriate stitch.

Tip: For woven fabrics (ie non stretch fabrics), I recommend the triple straight stitch, because it holds particularly well. He is not absolutely necessary. A shorter stitch also fulfills the purpose.

For jersey (and other stretchy fabrics), you better use a stitch that goes right and left, like a narrow zig-zag stitch.

After sewing, do the same with the opposite 15-centimeter edge. Turn and lay it in front of you so that the strips of the inner fabric, which are now visible on both outer edges, are as equal as possible. Iron over it so that nothing slips any more.

In the next step, stitch in the seam shadow from the outside, lift the presser foot, but leave the needle in the fabric, turn the fabric by 90 degrees, lower the foot again and continue sewing within the seam allowance. The other two sides process the same way. Please sew at the beginning and end of the seam thoroughly.

The seam shadow

Sewing in seam shadow means sewing as close as possible to the seam between the two fabrics. If you practice something and pull the fabrics slightly apart, the seam may even disappear visually completely.

After sewing, iron again. As a result, the seam lays and everything becomes a little more accurate.

Now mark the middle at the open edges. Cut off excess threads and fold the edge strips inward to the mark.

Pin everything tight and sew the open sides inside the previous outer seam together. Always sew the beginning and end of your seams.

In the area where the two edges meet, I have strengthened just outside the seam again with a further seam on both sides, as these places are always particularly stressed.

Again, I sew beginning and end of each seam, so nothing can solve.

Cut back the seam allowances to a few millimeters and then cut all corners at an angle.

As a result, there is less fabric in the corners after turning and you can make them more beautiful. Be careful not to cut into the seams!

Turn your work around and iron it again from the outside into the desired shape.

Tadaaaa - the Tatüta is ready!

Have fun sewing!


When stitching together the 15-centimeter sides, you can capture a ribbon like a piping or a lace ribbon. In addition, you can also attach a small loop if you fold the outer edges inward and sew them with. Also a nice closure shape fits well with this sewing project. For example, a button with a rubber band to hang, as I have shown it in my tutorial on pencil case.

You can also sew the pages overlapping by longer measures, embroider, plait or spice it up with various accessories. Get creative and create your own unique piece!

Quick guide

1. Cut two rectangles
2. Sew both short sides together
3. Turn, center, iron on
4. Sew all round - at the decorative edges in the seam shadow, iron
5. Mark the middle and fold the decorative edges inwards
6. Pin and sew, reinforce centers on both sides
7. Cut back the seam allowance and bevel the corners
8. Turn, shape and iron.
9. Fill
10. And handkerchief bag is ready!

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