Way back when…ok a few years ago…, I joined in a washcloth knit/crochetalong. The idea was to make as many as we could and cheer each other on. Exchanging patterns and inspirations.
I think most people were making cloths for washing dishes, but I took it to mean face flannels. So I made flannels. Lots of them. Perfect for grubby toddler faces, as it happened. We still have them. The flannels, not grubby toddler faces.
Roll on to the present time. The toddlers have indeed been replaced by teens and almost-teens. Taller, and an answer for everything, but more to the point, able to wash their own faces. Along the way, they have grown to love face wipes. Disposable face wipes. Not eco-friendly, but quick and easy to use in their morning routine.
This is not ideal.
The wipes are used once and then flung away to start their journey to the landfill, along with the packet that they arrived in. I have no idea how long it takes for them to breakdown. How long those one-use face wipes are hanging around. Probably worse is the packet they came in.
This has to change. Now.
The solution is obvious.
Step one – I need to stop buying the face wipes and ensure that the flannels are used instead. I’ve moved the flannel collection from the airing cupboard into the bathroom, in easy reach.
Step two – to talk to the children. They like the idea and they understand why we need to the change.
Step three – to set up a routine to wash the flannels. I need to swoop in, on a regular basis, and whisk the flannels off to the washing machine. This needs to be fine tuned. There needs to be a balance between how many times the flannels are used between machine washes, which has its own green issues. Phew. Nothing is simple.
Step four – to make some more flannels. I’ve dug out a length of bamboo towelling from my fabric stash. It is supersoft, but sheds little bits of thread like crazy. Hemming required.
First bamboo flannel is made. I have a feeling that the bamboo is going to be popular as it has a pure luxury feel to it. So soft when I was sewing it, I could barely feel it. Like silk. Who says that when you take the eco-friendly route, that you have to rough it?
I’ll make a few more over the next few days. I might add smaller, two-layered versions, that would be perfect to use with make-up remover, as well. I used one of the knitted cloths as a size guide, but seeing it makes me want to dig out more yarn and knit a few too.
So far, I’ve been operating the new regime for over a week and it’s working. Fresh flannels available and being used. No more disposable face wipes for this house. Although I may make an exception for holidays. Especially as the Teen is off overseas with the school soon. Best to take one step at a time, as far as change is concerned.
I am so pleased to be getting this one off my getting-greener list. Are you taking any steps to reduce the things you need to throw away?
I’ve been a bit quiet on my crazy star quilt. You hadn’t noticed? Phew. It’s not that progress hasn’t been made. It has, but then ground to a halt, as these things do. A quick update is due, I think. If only to inspire me to keep going.
All the stars are cut out and sewn together. By the end, I was choosing fabric, from my stash, to fit with my colour scheme, which was totally opposite to my original idea. After declaring this quilt a random, scrappy star quilt, it turns out that even scrappy doesn’t always equal random.
Rings of colour started to appear. By themselves. At first, they happened by accident, then I found myself busily aiding their creation. Searching out just the right colour from my stash.
The lime green circle started it. I’m thoroughly blaming the Camelot fabric which gathered nonchalantly near the middle to form the first ring. Almost like a round table. Very fitting. Who can forget King Arthur and his round table? I really couldn’t fight it after that lightbulb moment.
Next my orange bobbins fabric kept on cropping up, so I cut enough to make the next ring. Each star is different. In fact no two stars are the same for the whole quilt. Although with so many stars, two might well have slipped through. I’m still looking.
From the start, blue and red have dominated the quilt. They are my favourite colours. I guess it makes complete sense that I’d have an abundance of these in my collection of fabric. Standing back, it is the dark blue ring that jumps out the most. Next to appear was the light blue and finally, the red circle. The sides of the red ring disappear off the sides of the quilt. Not a problem, as there will be a red edging.
I spent so long rearranging the stars, to get just the right arrangement. It. took. days. I’d re-arrange, stand back, wander off. Come back. Rearrange again. Even my dreams at night were beginning to be affected by it. I went around and around with this one. I am happy now. I think…
In between each of the stars, I’m sewing red diamonds. I’ve a big pile cut out, but not enough yet. I’ve not dared to work out how many I will need in total. Ignorance is bliss, in this case. It was also at this point, my wrist gave up. No more fabric cutting, it seemed to whimper. So I stopped.
I couldn’t quite leave it. I experimented by sewing the red around the stars, to make sure I had chosen the right colour. I think I have. I’m sure I have. Pinning the stars on the white background, had thrown me. I found I was starting to entertain the idea of changing to a lighter, more subtle colour. It was a close run race, but deep down I know I will enjoy the boldness and cheery tone of the red. So red it is.
My goodness. Creating a quilt is such a personal experience!
Update over. Hopefully next time I share, more stars will be sewn together. Like a crazy galaxy far, far away.
Linking up with Nicole over at Frontier Dreams for the Keep Calm, Craft On link up. What is everyone else making?