|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.