There are so many ways to harness the power of the sun and use it to your advantage. But did you know the sun can actually help with your laundry? (and you can even kick back and enjoy some beautiful rays while it's doing all the work!)
GLORY GLORY GLORY!!!!
Well it's not quite that glorious, but it's a tip worthy of sharing....The sun can bleach your clothes. Whiten your whites. Make the stains disappear. Just like hanging white linens out on the line to dry, this is pretty old fashioned, although not many people know how well it actually works.
Sun bleaching works on both subtle stains (above) and 'whoa, how am I going to get that out' stains (below). Since I don't allow myself to use bleach anymore, (don't ask; it wasn't a pretty incident) I use the sun as my fail-proof way to brighten my whites. And no, I didn't do any photo editing. It was overcast when I took the before pictures and sunny for the after pictures. I left these items out for three hours, the time it took them to dry completely, and half that time it was overcast. You know how you can still get sunburned on overcast days? Well the clouds don't stop the sun from doing its work on stains, either.
So far I've really only used sun bleaching to get stains out of cloth diapers. You could say I've inspired myself, with this blog post, to do a little experimenting... Armpit stains, wine stains, getting stains out of non-white fabrics. Expect to see updates with my findings. And tell me, do you use the sun as a bleach alternative?
I think there's an old knit sweater lost in the dark depths of almost every closet across the country. These sweaters are usually thrown back there and forgotten because they're either trying to:
1.) suffocate the wearer or
2.) cut off the circulation of the upper arm.
Seriously. Every single sweater, from my entire life, falls into either of these categories. Not my favorite thing to wear, but I love the textures and patterns of a great knitted sweater. There are many clever ways to salvage these sweaters, but repurposing them into pillows may be my favorite!
These knitted pillows are so soft and cozy! And hey, they aren't trying to suffocate anyone! ;)
This is one of those projects that could be a quick, inexpensive DIY for an amateur sewist. (If knits intimidate you, skip the zipper and try handsewing.) Or just give me a call and I'll make them for you!
My favorite reasons to love these pillows....
They're inexpensive (I think I spent 20 cents on the zipper and $5 on the pillow form).
And the stripes line up perfectly along the seams! I love it when that happens.
So go ahead.
Take a look in the back of your closet.
You may find the ingredients for this simple home decor sewing project.
Were you sitting there thinking I was just going to use part of the sweater and toss the rest? Oh no, no, no! I wouldn't let that gorgeous knit go to waste! I have a repurpose-ful idea for those sweater sleeves, too. But that's for another day, so stay tuned.
Wrapping paper, tissue paper, shiny bows - it's all so pretty, but such a waste. It's especially wasteful how trash bags of it are tossed out on Christmas morning after hardly being used. I've managed to go my whole life without ever buying the stuff myself. I contribute this to getting loads of grocery newspaper ads in the mail (the colorful produce section adds a nice pop of color) and not being shy of reusing birthday or baby shower gift bags for wrapping Christmas presents. But with a growing family, I've been having to get really creative with my gift wrapping. That's when a customer came to me with the perfect project...reusable fabric gift bags!
Simple fabric, simple design, super effective. These can be made into any oddball shape or size and be reused for years, or even passed along with the gift for a more personalized touch. You can find themed fabrics to create holiday specific bags or plain fabrics for gift bags that can be used year-round. The fabrics for the bags featured here were picked out by a couple four and five year olds, hence the cheesy 'Christmas Kitty' print.
Looks like my gift wrapping problems are solved....well....as long as I can find time to work on my own long list of sewing projects. I have plans of making gift bags with and without the drawstring closures and will update with more pictures once that happens. (I'm giving myself a generous deadline of next Christmas!)
These reusable gift bags are a much more simple and versatile version of my Santa Stockings. Check them out! And let me know if want a set of these so your next gift giving experience can be a little more green.
My family and I finally own a home! It even has a gorgeous fireplace. What a perfect setting for Christmas decorations and stockings, right? Well, maybe. One of my roommates is a toddler and I can visualize just how curious he would become if I were to dangle colorful little stockings, filled with candy and secret surprises, above his head. But as a seamstress, this is something I've been looking forward to doing - making stockings for my family that we can use for years and years to come. So what's a girl to do?
Naturally, I took the idea of the traditional stocking and put a modern, Jordsen twist on it.
Things I took into consideration while designing the Santa Stockings::
I'm currently planning on tying the bags with ribbon to keep any curious little stinkers from peeking inside, but I've also added ribbon loops so we will have the option of hanging them by the fireplace if we wish.
I'm so pleased with how these turned out! It is exciting to begin creating these unique Christmas traditions and experiences with my family.
Want to see what else I'm sewing up for the holiday season? Check out my next blog post featuring reusable gift bags.....you'll never want to buy wrapping paper again!
Does anyone else lack the ability to produce body heat? Yeah, me too. I'm very thankful that, at night, my husband produces enough for the both of us. That just leaves me freezing from the time I wake up until I go to bed at night, but I think I have found a solution. Although I was introduced to these handy rice warmers as a great way to get rid of back pain during pregnancy, I quickly realized they had many other uses.
This is an easy diy project, perfect for a beginner or seasoned seamstress. Not into diy? Contact me to order a pair of Jordsen-made reusable hand warmers!
Some suggested uses are, but are not limited to::
Carrying them in your pockets when you go outside to warm your hands
Using them to warm up your sheets just before going to bed
Soothing aching muscles
Giving to friends and family--what says 'I love you' better than a functional, homemade gift?
Playing catch with a toddler (they are much easier to grab onto than the average ball)
Teaching toddlers the difference between hot and cold
Alright, here we go. This is my first tutorial. Let me know what you think!
1. Take a scrap of natural fabric and cut into squares. (My squares were 100% cotton flannel cut about 4.5'' x 4.5''.)
2. Take two fabric squares, with wrong sides together, and serge around three sides. (Do not cut off serged thread tails.)
3. Gather rice, funnel, measuring cup, and serged fabric from previous step.
4. Using funnel and measuring cup, fill bags 3/4 full. (I used a little over 1/2 cup of rice.)
5. Carefully serge remaining side closed.
6. Tie off thread tails to prevent unraveling.
Now pop them in the microwave for approximately 35 seconds and you're ready to go!
Microwave time will vary depending on your microwave and personal preference.
Please be cautious when heating your handwarmers. They have the capability of getting very hot!
Expect them to stay warm anywhere from 15-30 minutes.
Do not get hand warmers wet.
Make enough to share. Enjoy!