DIY weddings: Handmade pocket squares

DIY weddings: Handmade pocket squares

In our latest DIY weddings article, we bring you an easy and affordable way to coordinate your groom and groomsmen suits, even if you only have a couple of hours to spare! Simply choose some material which matches your theme or colour palette and follow these simple steps. 

Photo by Kerry Bartlett –

Handmade pocket squares 

Difficulty: Medium / Time: 1 hour per item / Cost: £2.50 per item

What you’ll need:

  • Material
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil


Start by measuring out a 36cm square on your material. If you’re making more than one pocket square out of the same piece of material, it’s a good idea to measure them all out now. By putting the squares up alongside one another this will save any material waste. Cut out your squares using the scissors and then iron them flat.

Next, measure 1cm inside all the way around the square. This will be the first fold line. Fold on the line and iron flat. Repeat for all sides of the square. Then fold over again so it makes a clean edge. Again, repeat for all sides of the square, making sure the corners are neat.


Thread your sewing machine with matching thread (or you can use a contrasting colour if you’d prefer) and start to stitch around the square, around 0.5cm in from the edge. At the corners, you can lift the machine foot and turn the material which will create a continuous stitch. Once all the sides are sewn, give the material a final iron to make sure there are no creases.

You can then fold your pocket squares any way you like and add them to the suits for the big day. You can get some ideas on how to do this here:

Tip: Why not create a double sided pocket square with a contrasting colour on the reverse? Simply follow the steps above with two pieces of square material on top of one another.

Ask Claire… Our DIY wedding articles are written by the lovely and very talented, Claire. Claire is a graphic designer who created an array of beautiful handmade wedding decorations and props for her own wedding at Sopley Mill near Christchurch in 2015. If you fancy any of the items on our DIY weddings page but haven’t got time to make them yourself,  you can contact Claire by emailing and she can make them for you!