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Hand fans are a hot accessory for summer and understandably so! Its super hot and you can’ always be in front of a fan or in an air conditioned room.
Making a hand fan is really easy and I hope you will give it a try in making one. It’s also a great project for children, as long as you are there to supervise them while they use the glue. So let’s get right into it…
The materials needed are hard woven interfacing and I’m using the hard-fusible interfacing, less than half a meter of fabric. a ruler, popsicle sticks, scissor, matching thread and hand sewing needle, glue stick and glue gun, and an iron. You also need 2 decorative buttons and a twine rope to cover the popsicle stick handles.
To begin, cut out a rectangle on your interfacing which is about 44 inches long and 5 inches wide. The main fabric should be 44’’ long and 12” wide. Once you are done cutting, iron the fusible interfacing on one end of the fabric. Next, fold over the fabric to cover the interfacing and press it down.
Then cut off the excess fabric using the edge of the interfacing as a guide. Seal the raw edge of the fabric together using a glue gun. Do not glue so close to the edge because it will make it difficult to sew the pleats together when it’s time to hand sew. Alternatively, you can choose not to cut off the excess fabric and fold it in before sealing it with a glue. Do not forget to seal the edges closed as well.
Next, we will work on the handles, I did not feel like the popsicle stick will be strong as singles, so I decided to double and stick it together using the hot glue. To make it long enough to hold, I joined 2 doubled popsicle sticks together lengthwise. So in total, you need 8 popsicle sticks that are 5’’ long for one hand fan.
When you are about to attach the sticks to the fabric, make sure that the tip of the end of the handle that will be on the fabric is perpendicular to the raw edge of the fabric. However, if you folded your excess fabric in, you would not have to worry about this.
Apply glue to the popsicle stick and the place it on the edge of the fabric. Then apply more glue to the top side of the popsicle stick then fold over onto the fabric. Apply glue to the fabric and fold over one more time. Do this for the other end as well.
After attaching the handle, it’s time to fold the pleats. You basically create folds by folding the fabric on itself back and forth back and forth until you have done this completely pleated it to the other end. It’s quite easy when you get into the rhythm of things. To prevent your folds from coming undone while you sew the pleats together, use a hair tie to hold it in place.
Alright now, we are going to sew the pleats together so it creates a pivot in the middle so we can open and close the fan. To do this, pass the needle and thread through the edge of each fold to join them together. Start with one edge, and when you are done, do the same thing through the middle of the folds, and then pass it back again on the other end. Make sure you pull tight not be careful not to break the thread. But is it is important that the folds are tightly sewn together. Otherwise the fan will be floppy. So you basically sew it 3 times, twice on the edges and and in the middle. Tie off the thread and cut.
After this, you should have your fan looking good already but to add a finishing touch I decided to add the decorate button to the middle. Using the hot glue, stick the button in the middle of fan close to the top edge but not too close that would disrupt the opening of the fan. Finally, to finish the fan handles, I choose to use this twin rope to wrap the popsicle sticks. You can also use fabric as I did for the second fan or leave it plain, it is totally up to you.
I really love this fan and it’s going to come in really handy this summer. I hope you found this tutorial helpful and will make a fan for yourself. If you do, please share with me on Instagram and I will be happy to share it as well. Don’t forget to like and share this post, subscribe to newsletter to get updates, and leave a comment below. It could be a feedback a question or suggest what you would like to see me share next.