Moonchild Dolls: Dying Wool Felt with Food Dye

I stumbled across this Blog while searching for a way to work with food dye. It doesn't get much easier!
Over on the far west side of the U.S., doll maker, Barrie Humbly, using Wilton Icing Tint dyes for her hand felted wool in beautiful colors!

Moonchild Dolls: Dying Wool Felt with Food Dye
Barrie states if you want more vibrant colors to use less water and more dye. And best of all, she found the colors to be Colorfast! Very important for those who have had a messy washer and dryer after an unsuccessful dying experience. 

And best of all, the tints come in a wide range of colors, is non toxic and is available where ever cake decorating supplies are sold!

If you are wanting to try your hand at dying some hand felted wool without a lot of expense, this is a sure winner. Good luck and let me know how your project turned out!

Ladies Blouse to Infant Outfit

Infant dress, bonnet and booties 
made from a ladies blouse.

Ready for someone's little infant girl.

baby, booties, bonnet, repurpose, restyle

The blouse cut apart and the few scraps leftover.

Burp Cloths

Recently someone gave me a pile 
of very narrow scraps of flannel thinking 
I might be able to come up with 
some useful items 
rather than discarding the fabric. 
They were soft adorable baby prints 
in shades of 
pinks, blues, lilac, and buttercup.

Since these scraps were all very narrow, 
about 7" - 9" wide and 17" - 21" long, 
my first thought was Burp Cloths. 
SEW into the washer with a 
mild baby soap and hot dryer 
to be sure the fabric was suitable for infants.

Babies always need several diapers 
and countless burp cloths 
in their first few months. 

One can never have enough of 
diapers and burp cloths.

SEW - Burp Coths they became!

Now to find a few
young mothers with
newborn babies . . .

And the leftover scraps
will be added to the
ever growing scrap ball
to be crocheted into a rug!

Cleaning delicate Crocheted Vintage Doilies and Table Runners

My daughter brought over a beautiful hand crocheted table runner and asked if I had anything that would remove the nasty stain. It appeared to have been something close to a black mold on one end and she did say that it had gotten wet and then sat in her basement a bit before she noticed it. 

NOTE: the above photo is AFTER it was cleaned! I unfortunately did not take a BEFORE picture.SEW Sorry.

Having just cleaned a beautiful wedding dress that was worn by two brides (and not cleaned) but had been balled up and stored in a large Rubbermaid container in the basement for close to 10 years, I was willing to try something.

First – a soaking in borax and warm water overnight. Second – soaking in borax and warm water overnight. Third – another soaking in borax and warm water with a little bit of OxiClean overnight. That seemed to help a bit. The stain was moving slightly. 

SEW – I knew that oxygen was good for removing mold and was great for removing stains, maybe just OxiClean? After soaking three more times in OxiClean and warm water, and the stain was still visible, I decided to try another method.

Out came the crock pot. I love my crock pots!

Filling it half full of water and set on low, I waited until the water was heated and then added one scoop of OxiClean whisking it until dissolved. Once dissolved the table runner was submerged in the hot water and the lid went on.

Several hours later – as in overnight and yes the crock pot was on low – the stain had lifted quite a bit! There were only two small spots that were hardly visibly but I could still see them. 

SEW I repeated with fresh hot water and OxiClean and a second soaking overnight and that did it, NO STAIN!

I rinsed the table runner three times in warm and cool water and then rinsed again with a vinegar and water rinse – to remove any residues left.

Amazing! I wish I had taken a picture of the table runner before my first attempt to clean this delicate hand crocheted table runner, but I didn’t. SEW trust me – it was nasty.

And now to gather up my vintage hankies and doilies and give them all a good soaking in the Crock Pot with an OxiClean soak!