How to make dapper printed hankies

Fan of the dapper gent look? These printed hankies will sprinkle a dash of old-school charm over dads, boyfriends and brothers. They’re so easy, you may want to keep a few for yourself, too. Let’s get stamping…

You will need:
• Plain cotton hankies
• Tracing paper
• Design templates
• Pencil
• Lino (we used Mastercut but you can use any type)
• Lino cutter
• Lino roller
• Scissors
• Fabric inkpads
• Scrap paper

How to stamp fabric hankies

Step 1
Transfer trace a design from page 100 onto the lino block using some tracing paper and a pencil.

Step 2
Gradually gouge away all of the areas around the design that won’t be printed (the negative space), leaving the positive shape raised and ready for printing. Be careful to keep your fingers behind the lino cutter at all times for safety, as the blade is sharp. Trim off any excess edges with scissors.

Step 3
Once you’ve removed a couple of mm depth across the lino, test your stamp on some scrap paper. Dab the inkpad across the stamp, making sure it’s evenly covered, then press firmly onto your sheet of paper. Hold in place while using a roller on the back to apply more pressure, giving an even print.

Step 4
Use your test print as a guide to perfecting your lino stamp block and remove any unwanted raised areas. Keep testing until you’re completely happy with the finished print. The imperfections and handmade quality of lino printing really are part of its charm.

Step 5
Iron the cotton hankies so they’re crease-free and ready for printing.

Step 6
Lay the hankie on top of some scrap paper. You can measure and mark out your repeat pattern here using a pencil, or just choose a random all-over pattern. Ink up your stamp as before and press firmly onto your fabric to ensure an even print. Lift up the stamp block to reveal your print. Continue this process for each hankie until you’ve covered them all.

Step 7
Dry and fix as per your inkpad’s instructions. We used a hairdryer and heat set with an iron.

About Zeena Shah
A printed textile designer and illustrator living is East London, Zeena designs and crafts a collection of hand screen-printed goods for the home inspired by the everyday things she sees. She also teaches pop-up printing workshops, spreading the printing bug as far as she can.