Fabric Salad

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Three sheets to the wind

No, this is not a post about a drunken debauchery: It’s about eco-friendly laundry practices (a tiny departure from the usual Fabric Salad information on sewing and quilting–but we’ll get back to that in just a few paragraphs.) Shop Ethica offers some common-sense guidelines on its web site for greening your laundry routine. (By the way, the shop also sells a wide range of eco-happy goods.)

One way to save energy is  by hanging sheets (and your other laundry) in the wind. I made a foray into outdoor drying after receiving a top-of-the-line (pun intended) drying line from Lehmans. The habit didn’t last, since I seem to find myself always doing laundry late at night. I’m re-committing myself here and now. Even just one load hung outside each week will save on electricity.

Are you with me? One way to get motivated might be to stitch up an adorable clothespin holder. Here’s some inspirational eye-candy (see more on my Pinterest board).

Fun fabrics make these bags from TieDyeDiva a cheerful sight on laundry day. Grab the pattern and make your own:

clothespin bag pattern

Make a bag with vintage charm using this tutorial from Knick Knacks and Ric Rac:

clothespin bag from Knick Knacks and Ric Rac

Make a bag super fast by re-purposing a handtowel. This tutorial from the Happy Housewife shows you how:

clothespin bag from Happy Housewife

2 Comments on Three sheets to the wind

  1. Ethica
    January 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm (5 years ago)

    Thanks so much for the shout out! So glad to hear you’re recommitting to line drying, and love all that eye candy 🙂

    • Mbah
      February 26, 2013 at 10:44 pm (5 years ago)

      I saw on a blog that a gal bought a plaitsc four drawer roll around. I bought one, put labels on each drawer 2 , 2.5 , 3 , squares.It has made a big difference.When I finish a project, and have small amounts of fabric left, I cut it into strips, put in drawers. Now I dont have lots of bits hanging around.less waste, easier to find what I need, and less frustration.Happy sewing K


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