You know those old cotton rounds used for makeup removal and/or nail polish remover? Well they’re handy but oh so wasteful. Solution? Reusable wash-rounds! They’re like wash cloths but way handier.
Here’s what you will need to make them:
- A towel or terry cloth fabric (you can buy either at the store but second hand works best)
- Air dry pen
- Cup or something circular to trace around
- Serger, sewing machine or needle and embroidery floss
- First you want to trace as many circles that you can fit on to your towel or fabric.
- Then cut out all your circles and match them together, wrong sides together.
The last step depends on what equipment you have. If you’re using a serger, just sew around the edges and you’re done! If you’re using a sewing machine you can use a zigzag stitch to sew around the edge. If you’re working with a needle and thread, I suggest using a blanket stitch [tutorial].
I store them in a jar similar to these. After I use them I just throw them in the wash along with my towels. Just make sure you remember about them. They’re small and easy to overlook!
Also, how cute are these marble ones jars?!
I love bunnies and slippers. So when I stumbled upon See Kate Sew‘s tutorial for kiddie bunny slippers, I knew I had to make an adult version.
I mean how cute are these? My toes have never been so cute and cozy.
How to Make Slippers
Pattern, download here
Fleece, Flannel, or terry cloth
1.Cut out all pieces:
2 of each pad
2 outer sole pieces
2 inner sole
2 outer bunnies
2 inner bunnes
4 soles from batting
2. Sew bunny face onto the outer bunnies using template
3. Sew pads onto the bottom of the outer sole using template to align.
4. Assemble the outer sole as shown in the previous picture. Place the right side of the bunny face to the pad side of the outer sole (right sides together in other words). Sew around the toes.
5. Place the inner sole piece together. Batting, inner soles, and inner bunny face (right sides together). Sew around toes.
This is what it will look like after you have finished steps 4 and 5.
6. This next part is a little tricky. Turn the inner sole bunny out and fit it inside the outer sole bunny and pin. Sew around the slipper leaving a 2 inch gape on one side.
7. Flip inside out and hand stitch the gap. You’re done!
For an added touch you can blanket stitch around the shoe as well!
For all you cat lovers out there I’ve also added a cat version in the pattern. Just use it instead of the of the bunny face.
If you are having a hard time following my instructions go to the original direction for the kiddie slippers here.
Handmade quilts, particularly hand-sewn quilts are a treasure.
Sometimes you come across one that is in rough shape. My mom had one she loved so much that she continued to use it despite the fact it had a humongous hole in it. It is a shame for a quilt like that to be tossed aside just because of some wear and tear. I have a few ideas for those quilts.
I recently was given a hand-sewn quilt that had a lot of little holes in it and one huge hole. I could have repaired it but since it wasn’t sentimental I decided to give it a new life. I knew the first thing I wanted to do was make a pillow out of some of it like the ones at Alabama Biscuit Co. (which I highly suggest visiting).
Here’s how I made my own.
- An old quilt or some of an old quilt
- Fabric for the back
- Stuffing or a pillow form
- Needle and thread
- Optional: sewing machine
I cut a piece of the quilt to the size I wanted, which was easy since it was a simple block quilt. I cut out a 2×2 square piece with a little seam allowance on the sides. This is totally customizable so you decide how big or small you want your pillow. Next, cut some fabric for the back (I used an old seed sack).
Pin the fabric, right sides facing each other, together.
And lastly, sew her up! With right sides together sew around all sides leaving a 4 inch gap to turn the fabric. If you use a pillow form you will need to leave one whole side open. After you sew turn inside out and stuff with stuff or slide pillow form. Then sew up the gap and you’re done!
I left all the little holes in it. Even though the cotton is peeking out it doesn’t fall out because it is well sewn. Isn’t it charming?
Here’s another one I made even bigger. It’s so comfy!