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Posted on: 10/8/09 4:46 PM
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Ever wonder what the washing instructions were for a piece of fabric you've now made into a piece of clothing? Well, wonder no more! After trying hard to guess what the washing instructions were, and sometimes being very wrong, I decided to come up with a system.

Being as I know I wash most everything in warm, with a medium dry, I had to remind myself when to change that thinking. So I came up with a system of using different colored pieces of stretch lace.
For hand wash, it's purple
For gentle cycle, it's green
For cold water, it's light blue
For delicate dry, it's yellow and
For hang dry, it's navy blue.
(click on the Website link above and you'll see what I mean)

So for example, if I have an item that that needs to be washed in cold water and hung dry, I will cut a 1" piece of lace out of the navy and one of the light blue. Then I'll fold them over and stitch this piece to an inside seam or pocket. Then when I'm washing clothes, I'll look for the lace.

I keep a 3x5 card with the washing legend (like what shows in the picture) near my washing machine, as well as close to my sewing area, to refer to when needed.

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homejewel said...
Great idea - thank you.
10/8/09 4:53 PM
Bunsnpigs said...
Wow, this is REALLY helpful. Thanks!
10/8/09 7:38 PM
Elaine Dougan said...
Thanks a lot for this idea.
10/8/09 9:39 PM
ryansmumAria said...
Cute idea!
10/8/09 11:28 PM
Stilltheone said...
Great idea!!! Thanks.
10/9/09 10:02 AM
Mufffet said...
Great idea!
10/9/09 11:42 AM
Brine said...
Good idea, especially when if you have someone in your family (as I do) who cuts off the care labels found in the necks of shirts because he finds them scratchy!
10/9/09 12:09 PM
susiestitcher said...
Brine - I have one of those, too! I don't feel so alone now. Hurray! This is a neat tip.
10/9/09 6:37 PM
Merry G said...
wonderful...I have a LOT of that lace too...
10/9/09 8:16 PM
Pam Padilla said...
Super hint! The idea is simple and easy to execute, but I do not think I would created anything like it myself. Thanks!
10/11/09 7:26 PM
lyndle said...
Great idea!
10/13/09 1:33 AM
sewtime said...
Fantastic!!! Thank you much!!
10/13/09 10:46 AM
Kayseri said...
Very cunning.
11/21/09 3:00 PM
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