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A skirt no more - making handkerchiefs and other useful things  RSS feed

 
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I adore handkerchiefs.

Except for white ones, they are disgusting.  But colourful with patterns. Wonderful.

I had an old cotton skirt that was falling apart.  I decided to make some handkerchiefs so I cut it down the seams and I cut some squares.  The first set of squares I cut 12"x12".  These made an okay size, so I tried the next one at 18x18.  I think I would like 20x20 if I ever did this again.

Then I put my small hemmer foot on the sewing machine and did a narrow hem.  It's so easy with this foot as it folds the hem over for you.  No ironing down the hem.  

But I did iron after to set the stitches.  These are working great.  So much better than using new fabric which I always find too stiff and scratchy for the purpose.  Used fabric is much nicer, but I do recommend 100% cotton or Linen or a cotton linen blend.  
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I took old T-shirts and cut them into "wipes" for cleaning my little girl's bum. I also cut up an old terry bathrobe for wipes, too. My husband also uses squares of old T-shirts as covers for his kombucha. I've also used my husband's pants and cut them up and turned them into maps for scavenger hunts.

Here's the map I made for my son's 4th Birthday

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When I worked at a preschool, I burried these for the various classes. I marked th Xs after I burried the treasures so I didn't miss-lable them!
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Close up of the playground map
 
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