Almost a year ago I bought a hank to see if I was the type of guy who would want to carry one every day. Turns out I am. I've been searching for more. Etsy has some fantastic vendors and I've been curating individual hanks for months but haven't had the desire to buy any of them. I need to love them and none of them checked off enough boxes. Although I love my first hank, it is made with two patterned cotton prints and is a bit stiff, even after a few washes, and not that absorbent. With summer coming up that is important. A couple of hanks on the list have one side I dig but the other side is not my favorite. If there is a solid side the color isn't complimentary to other side, in my opinion. The stitching pattern is too plain. The stitching color is one I wouldn't have chosen. Although the theme of the hank is what I like I've seen better prints elsewhere. Referencing back to the comments I made in the "What's Better for EDC?" article I need to love what I bring into my collection. I refuse to settle.
Now I know what you are probably thinking at this point, which is I'm going to make my own. Kinda. I don't have a fancy sewing machine but my neighbor does and is willing to work with me on making any custom hanks I want. I can research and find prints that I love and haven't seen used anywhere else. I can experiment with having one side be organic birds eye cotton or a thin bamboo terry. I can choose my stitch pattern and thread color, as well as any additional details such as a diagonal stitch from corner to corner. I love this and it seems to make the hank more durable or at the very least unique. The shops I've seen do this tend to be more expensive at around $15-$20 a hank. I even have old tees with dope prints that I'd want to turn into hanks. This is going to be amazing and I can't wait. I'm going to find some test fabrics this week for her to try before I invest in the fabric prints I want.