Silk is the most popular and most beautiful fabric in China and it is definitely the ideal choice for a hand fan because of its light weight that creates a gentle breeze.
Silk is available in all fabric stores and it comes in assorted patterns and colors. Before you start working on your project, you should decide what type of design you would like on your hand fan. Ribbons or a gold tassel at the bottom of your fan will provide an elegant, formal touch. The things you will need in order to design your own silk hand fans are: silk with a design of your choice 8 by 26 inches)a white thin poster board (8 by 22-inches long); a thin tassel or ribbon; a thin strip of the same silk material; hot glue gun; tape; wire cutters and wire coat hanger. We are not going to provide you with a step-by-step tutorial in this article, simply because there are too many great ones over the Internet and you can easily find a way to create your own hand fan made of silk. However, we will provide you with one important advice which isn’t mentioned in those tutorials: the fit of the silk material on the folded fan doesn’t actually need to be too precise. You should leave some room to allow for unfolding and folding.
The imperfections in your design won’t be noticeable once you tape the bottom. You can take the same silk material and use it on the back side of the hand fan if you want. If you are making a rectangular hand fan, you can use balsa wood as an alternative to wire. You will cut it easily with an X-Acto knife. If you want to spend less money on your project, don’t be afraid to replace the silk with simple polyester material in an attractive pattern.