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MommyTheMaid
« Reply #340 on: February 11, 2010 04:39:38 PM »

To the ladies that made the non-paper towels, what kind of fabric did you use?  I'd like to make some, but wasn't sure if I should use flannel or if I could use regular cotton...I have a huge stash of cotton, but didn't know how absorbable that would be.


the ones I made for MareMare were flannel on one side and single layer diaper cloth on the other......I made some for myself when I did hers and I love them....the flannel is super soft and the diapercloth is pretty absorbant.....

I love flannel and birdseye cloth towels.  I wanted to make some for Dharma but I had JUST used the last of my stash birdseye in the Cloth Diaper swap.  Double Flannel works well too though.

As for cotton, you might be able to do one side with it, but you really need the flannel to help them stick together if you aren't doing snaps or velcro.
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Lylanni
« Reply #341 on: February 11, 2010 05:19:33 PM »

Thanks so much for posting for me BabyCakes Smiley  I totally love everything you made and The cleaning products are already in use hehe.  Thank you so much, I had a lot of fun crafting for you and you did a great job with what you sent me!
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imafundork
« Reply #342 on: February 11, 2010 05:25:49 PM »

The "paper" towels that I made for SAHMama are made exactly like the ones onegroovyday made fo MareMare- flannel and diaper cloth.

Also, onegroovyday found that peanut sling in a mixed lot at the thrift store for just a couple of dollars. It looks to be nearly brand new. Neither of us know of anyone locally that it would fit so we were hoping it would work out for SAHMama.

I'm loving everything else that has been posted lately!

I do have a question though- what are the felted sweater dryer balls stuffed with?
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« Reply #343 on: February 11, 2010 05:37:31 PM »

I do have a question though- what are the felted sweater dryer balls stuffed with?

I had a wool sweater that I had shrunk for some other projects, but still had a lot left over.  I cut the sweater into thin strips and then rolled it like a ball of yarn.  It was not the best idea.  The strips were too thick.  The balls were super-bumpy and not symmetrical at all.  If you choose to cut up a wool sweater, I suggest a) unraveling it, rolling the yarn into a ball, and fulling it in the washing machine or b) cutting the unshrunk sweater into strips, rolling it in a ball, and fulling it in the washing machine.  Tip: for either one, put the ball in the toe of panty hose and knot it.  It will help the ball stay together as it is shrinking.   
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« Reply #344 on: February 11, 2010 06:22:17 PM »

Thanks flower!  Smiley
 I just used wool yarn for the ones I made and it took a ton of loads of laundry to get them felted. I was just wondering if the fulled sweater ones would have been any easier to make.

In case anyone is wondering, I followed this tutorial: http://goodmama.typepad.com/goodmama/2008/05/make-your-own-wool-dryer-balls.html
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« Reply #345 on: February 11, 2010 07:16:16 PM »

Lylanni,
You are so very welcome. I had a lot of fun. I forgot to tell you though that the reason I sent marigolds for your garden is that they are supposedly good at detracting animals from getting into your garden. I thought that would be nifty if it works! One year a bunch of squirrels stole all of our sweet corn! We found a bunch of husks in the trees!
love, Babycakes!
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« Reply #346 on: February 11, 2010 10:17:46 PM »

I LOVE the unpaper towels mommythemaid made for me! They are just perfect.

For my dryer balls, I just used long strips of fulled sweater scraps - lots of seams - wrapped really tight, then basted the ball together. Then I stuffed them into a sewn felt ball. I like the ones I made a lot because they are pretty heavy.
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amymisha
« Reply #347 on: February 12, 2010 07:45:23 AM »

I have received....I will post my pictures tonight. The package came on Wednesday but I couldn't even get out of bed to get to my computer I was so sick. Ugh.
Pictures soon.....
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pantsafari
« Reply #348 on: February 12, 2010 11:39:26 AM »

I recieved yesterday and got an amazing package from Lagamorphlounge! hopefully will be able to post pictures tonight.  Grin
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« Reply #349 on: February 12, 2010 11:52:15 AM »

Everything's been so amazing, I can't wait to see what else is on the way.
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I'd love to do a personal swap for this knit Death Flake hat

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