Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday is Wash Day


Today is our second day of Creative Nostalgia Boot Camp.  I hope you rested on Sunday because I've got a busy week planned for us!

Monday is wash day.  Do your laundry today.  I do ALL my laundry on this day.  Usually about 5-6 loads.  It takes a good part of the day, but that's ALL I require myself to do.  I usually change the sheets on all the beds and switch out all the linens in the kitchens and bathrooms.  By the end of the day, I feel pretty proud of myself.

If you don't feel like doing laundry today, how about a crafty, laundry-related tutorial?  You can use this tutorial to make yourself a little towel to keep in the laundry room to clean-up detergent spills or even make it into a little wall hanging so you have something pretty to look at when you are folding clothes.


Monday is Wash Day Tea Towel Tutorial 
by Laura Bray

Makes one 9" x 18" towel

Supplies:

-9.5" x18.25" fabric  (I used a waffle-weave fabric, but linen or muslim or even an old towel would work too!)
-Three pieces of scrap fabric cut into rectangles as follows:

  • 3" x 2.5"
  • 2.75" x 2"
  • 2" x 2"
-Embroidery thread
-Printable fabric
-Mini-ball trim
-Sewing machine (optional)

Directions:

1.  Using embroidery thread, create a "clothesline" across your large piece of waffle weave fabric.  The best way to decide on the placement is to fold the cloth in half and lay-out your scrap pieces to see where to sew in your clothes line.

2.  Pin the scrap pieces down and embroider the clothesline.  Embroider along the top edge of the scrap pieces as you go along.  You will leave the other three sides free, allowing your "laundry" to blow dry in the wind.

3.  Using a word processing program on your computer, type in the phrase "Monday is Wash Day" and print the text onto printable fabric following the manufacturer's instructions.

4.  Sew the phrase onto the fabric.  Add ball trim to the bottom edge of the towel.  To finish the top and side edges of the towel, you can either fold the edges back a 1/4" and sew or attach a binding tape edge.

This is a great project for using up your scraps!

Want some more laundry inspiration?  Visit these cool websites:

-Make homemade laundry soap with Amy at New Nostalgia
-Make wool dryer balls instead of using fabric softener.  Go to Casa Sugar for a super easy tutorial.
-Give your laundry room a Creative Nostalgia look with free clip art from Better Homes and Gardens