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« Reply #620 on: February 28, 2013 01:01:15 PM »

Hmm...maybe try letting it soak with baking soda, and washing it again? I hope someone has a good answer for you!

I added to my stash, but in a small way. The lost and found at work was full of old sets of unidentifiable keys that had been there for at least a year, and I asked if I could have them when it was time to clean it out. (periodically unclaimed things either go to the Goodwill or are trashed). So now I have a bag of keys! I used one to make a fancy pin for my last swap package, and plan to make a bunch more!
My problem isn't really too much of a stash. Having a stash handy is what lets me join swaps, make presents, ect. It's that it's so unorganized and out of control. I know I have some things I'll never use that need to be thinned out. But when it's such a mess, I end up buying duplicates to replace what I can't find sometimes, and that's ridiculous. And when I only have so much money and room, it makes sense to be picky about what I get in the first place. Plus, when I am lucky enough to score a windfall of supplies someone's giving away, I need to have room for them.
I don't post a lot here, but I'm following along and getting good ideas. And I love seeing what everyone's made!
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« Reply #621 on: February 28, 2013 01:14:58 PM »

You know what works great for odours? Kitty litter. No kidding, I unmustified an old tweed suitcase with a container full of unscented non-clumping litter when baking soda failed to cut it. Put a little into a paper bag with your fabric, fold over and clip closed, leave for a week or two, then launder. Took the stank right outta that case for me, it was GREAT!


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« Reply #622 on: February 28, 2013 01:18:12 PM »

dulcet, I've never tried it on fabric, but putting things in the freezer helps.
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« Reply #623 on: February 28, 2013 01:41:19 PM »

I had a bunch of inherited stuff as well, including yarns and fabric...I sealed them in zip locks with old dryer sheets sprayed with Fabreeze...worked like a charm. I had to do it with non-washable stuff but I did not want to spray directly on the fabrics or yarn or sweaters!  I want to try the kitty litter thing as well!
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« Reply #624 on: February 28, 2013 01:47:30 PM »

I am positively allergic to the chemicals in fragranced things, instant headache! So the descenting is the only option that works for me Smiley. The litter trick I read about for musty old books, I didn't think ANYTHING would get the stink out of those but apparently it works in the paper bag. When looking it up I came across that solution for old suitcases too. Those are two notoriously smelly old things, ha. Good thing to have found a remedy, musty smell also gives me a headache. Oh, I amjust ever so delicate and sensitive, la. *SNORT* Cheesy
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« Reply #625 on: February 28, 2013 02:12:23 PM »

I do not like the fragrance smell either...that is why I want to try the litter thing...I have to air all of the stuff out for days before I can bring it into my room...it is overwhelming...
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« Reply #626 on: February 28, 2013 02:59:30 PM »

I'm not big on fragrances either.  I remember one of my grandmothers gave me a head ache regularly...well her perfume did at least...to be honest she did too Grin.  I recently got this cute Hello Kitty air freshener for my car.  I was thinking it would dissipate quickly...no.  Last time I drove my car (which isn't often) I decided it smelled like Brain Damage Grin
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« Reply #627 on: February 28, 2013 06:06:15 PM »

Thanks for all your suggestions!  I'm going to have to try the kitty litter thing.  Maybe I'll just go ask the neighbor if I can borrow a cup.  Grin  I hope I don't have to wait too long for it to work-- I want to get started right now!  Why can't the stupid stores just carry exactly what I want?  I guess it's forcing me to behave and use my stash.  Unless any of you have a yard of solid black brocade you want to destash....
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« Reply #628 on: March 01, 2013 06:25:04 AM »

What are you making? Cheesy
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« Reply #629 on: March 01, 2013 07:14:49 AM »

If that "what are you making" was for me--

I sew costumes in exchange for a tuition break for my daughters' ballet.  This year they're doing Snow White, and I'm starting on the Evil Queen.  I've been excited about this for months, but they only just cast the parts and I needed to wait for measurements.  The Evil Queen is going to have a black bodice and romantic tutu.  Then I'm embellishing it with a peacock motif to represent her pride and vanity.  These will be removable so that the base can be used for other characters later on.  And I wanted brocade because satin just looks so flat and dull from the audience, and I neeed the texture.
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