|2 cushions made with Toile scraps and toning piping and another of white pique cot lining with pearl buttons added.|
Friday, 8 November 2013
RAGS, BAGS AND TAGS
When I unload a big pile of French laundry (I only buy it in bulk) there are always some faulty linen sheets - nothing very serious but they are not good enough for bedding. I have a number of uses, myself, for these "seconds" - I make under-pillow cases, simple housewife style, as I cannot bear to sleep on stained and smelly pillows and they do need this extra protection. Then I make laundry bags with drawstring tops to hang on the bathroom door, shoe bags for precious, fragile sandals and shoes, and a couple of pressing cloths for my table ironer - I write PRESS in big letters on a big cloth and zig-zag over the writing so that the cloth does not stray. I also zig-zag the edges of a large number of squares which I will use for cleaning windows, the car, and chrome fittings in the bathrooms - linen is a strong material so you can rub hard and it leaves no lint behind and it comes up very clean in a hot wash. I always have a supply of the seconds and for £5 or £10 you can make up any quantity for yourself - or you may prefer to make place mats, table runners, tray cloths, new pockets for gents trousers, and possibly dye them with a dylon dye for different uses.