Friday, February 15, 2013

Sew How Are You?

 Hi Guys!
So once again, its been a long time.:)
Ive been busy, not with cards but other home projects. Thought I'd share a few with you, you know, just so you don't think I'm a total slack off! I haven't read the whole winter!! lol
So above are some napkins I made. At some point it struck me how many paper towels we use and I thought it was a bit ridiculous. I mean, think of how many trees we chop down making cards! We don't need to be cutting them down to wipe up every spill and wipe our fingers too, right? So I got out my fabric bin of scraps left over from other projects and got cutting.
Some people I know would cringe to find out that my napkins are not identical in size. The point of it was to use scraps, so some are about 14x14 and others 12x18, you get the idea.
Below is one of my favorite napkins, I just LOVE this fabric!!

 I hand hemmed the edges of all my dressy napkins cos I wanted to be proud of them. I was feeling kind of "Mary Jane". :)

 And below are my more utilitarian white napkins for everyday use. These I didn't care about so much, (they're actually feedsack towels cut down so I only had to hem two sides on each one) so I machine hemmed them. Besides, there were twenty of them!!
 THis was kind of a fun project, took me about 10-15 minutes. 
A clothes peg bag.
I had a bag of clothes going to the second hand shop and decided to upcycle one of the shirts in it.
It was a nice shirt, I just got tired of holding it closed with safety pins. lol
Sooooo, I just cut the arms off and snipped the bottom and sew serged it all into a pouch. When its all full of clothes pins it looks almost human. Sort of. :)

 And below is some washing  detergent I found a recipe for on Pinterest. It works excellent and this was actually my second batch so you know it works.

 A close up:

 And the recipe if you care to try it yourself:
4 pounds washing soda
4 pounds baking soda
4 pounds Borax
3 bars of Zote (or other laundry bar soap, grated)
Simply mix well all together.
 Use about 2 tablespoons per load. (top loading machine)

And one more soapy recipe. This was my first time making dishwasher detergent. It was kind of exciting. :)
1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup Kosher Salt (or epsom salt)
1/2 cup citric acid
For this one you need to keep the mix uncovered for a couple of days and stir it now and then. The citric acid causes some clumping so you need to keep it moving til it all dries out. Alternatively you could throw a silicone packet in the mix.
I use the same amount of this powder as I would store bought.

And one other thing!
I did NOT MAKE this kindle cover but it is so stinkin cute I wanted to give a shout out to the lady who did. You can find her here on Etsy her shop name is CasePhile.
Just love this and her workmanship is impeccable.
LAST ONE - Sale- Kindle Fire Case "Retro Quail" (Kindle, Nook, Sony, Kobo, Pandigital, Velocity)
OK, thats it for now!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Julie said...

its good to see you're not getting bored lol, as if! nice to see you in blogland, Julie.x

Linda Wescott said...

Hi Dorcas, been missing your posts. I love the fabrics and your hand stitching is beautifully neat....I like eclectic too. I'd be fighting for the cute birdie napkins. I used to draw birds in that style when a child. Your Clothes peg bag is so cool lol. Hugs lin

Daizeefli said...

Mornin' Dorcas! Love the napkin idea. I have so many scraps that would work well. Thanks for the thought! Also love love love the shirt holder. SO CUTE! I have tried using the homeade laundry detergent - and unfortunately something in it makes me itch and itch and itch.. ugh... Back to the expensive stuff. Bummer. Enjoyed your post.. see ya around Pinterest! Hugs!!

Grenouille Greetings said...

I love it when a thumbnail from you pops up on my blog to show that you have made a recent post and this one is full of lots of interesting creations. When you were expressing your worry about the environment with the paper towels and showing your fabric alternative I was thinking "But what about all the washing" and then lo and behold, you produced recipes for that too. I hope you are well, Dorcas! Keep being creative! Hugs, Lesley

Linda said...

Good to see you back Dorcas. Whew you have been busy. Love the feed sack napkins. Great idea.

Dawn B. said...

You have been busy. I just love to sew. Your hand stitching is impeccable. I love the fabric you chose. Great projects.

Jowa said...

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Best regards.

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Jhordan Kee said...

I am so impress with your earth friendly attitude and I agree that instead of using a disposable table napkin, why not use a cloth that we can wash and use for a long period of time. I also what to thank you for sharing your knowledge on how to make a home made detergent.

Colleen Holmes said...

Oh my gosh, your incredible!! I love the napkins and home recipes for sure. But, the clothes pin holder is five stars over the top!! What a cute idea and love the looks of it!!

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agy said...

I'm in love with your fabric! Gorgeous :-)

Chris said...

Hi Dorcas, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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