another good thing about cloth nappies

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Cloth nappies (diapers if you are in the US) make great washing machine companions for the felting object. I decided to brave my own frontloader which ruled out using jeans for fear of them shrinking or bleeding onto Sophie. While I was busy trying to figure out what I could use that was absolutely colour fast and could be hot washed I noticed the nappy bucked needed emptying. So into the washer went the nappies. First I washed them on their own, ’cause ewwww, and then in went Sophie. I set the machine to its shortest cycle (about 45 mins) on 50 degrees Celsius with no spin and she felted well. There were a few spots that weren’t quite done so I ran second cycle the same and I am fairly happy with the result. There are a few strange sort of creased spots which I am hoping will improve with blocking and perhaps a bit of ironing. I am thinking about trying without the zippered pillow case next time, perhaps a little hotter.


Comment by Alison on 14/11/2004 @ 9:40 pm

Hiya! Your title particularly caught my eye today - I was so excited to come across a fellow knit blogger (and a fellow Aussie to boot!!) who uses cloth nappies!! Actually have a business where I make and sell fitted cloth nappies, and my fave e-mail group is of fellow like-minded mums (and dads) who are cloth nappy users and advocates (including more modern styles of nappies and washing techniques!).
Anyhoo, so glad your Sophie bag ‘worked’ - I discovered on my felting attempts of said bag that the wool I used must be machine washable (which is NOT stated on the label!!), as two hot washes later it will not felt!! My first finished object that will not be a true finished object, grrr!!
Well done, and I love reading your blog!

Comment by alison on 15/11/2004 @ 1:26 pm

Awesome idea for blocking the Sophie bag! Sophie looks gorgeous. I’d expect nothing less from you. :)

Comment by Michele on 15/11/2004 @ 2:47 pm

Hooray! I’m glad you found a felting method that worked for you. Your bag looks fantastic.

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