I’ve been wanting to make a quilted blanket for each of the kids for a while, and here is the first one!
I found the fabric in the remnants bin at the fabric store. There was just enough of the green fleece to make this blanket..I only wish there was enough to make another! I used brown flannel from the remnants bin to make the appliques.
Instead of quilting in a traditional pattern, I used the free motion foot for my machine and just did random swirls all over. This used up tons of thread, but I like the end result and it was fun and easy. I also used the free motion foot to write out the “Love Mommy” applique.
I wish I’d known about this machine foot before!
I may be out of the green fleece, but I have a ton of a nice blue fleece so I might end up making more of these and list them in my shop. We’ll see!
For several months I’ve been wanting to try making laundry detergent, but I couldn’t find washing soda anywhere! Well, I finally found it on Friday, so yesterday I made the laundry soap. I used the recipe for liquid detergent found on the Duggar’s website. Here’s how I made it!
What You Need:
– 1 bar soap (I used Ivory)
– 4 cups hot tap water
– 1 cup washing soda (can not be baking soda..must be sodium carbonate)
– 1/2 cup borax
What You Do:
First, grate the soap. I used a hand grater. I realized after several minutes that the food processor probably would have worked, but at that point I didn’t want to drag it out, then have to wash both grater and food processor later, so I stuck with the hand grater. It didn’t take too long to grate the soap though, just a few minutes.
Next, put soap and the 4 cups of hot water in a saucepan and stir on med-low heat until soap is all melted and dissolved. This took my about 15 mins I think.
Fill up a 5 gallon bucket with hot water, then mix in the soap-water, the borax, and the washing soda.
Stir well until all powder is dissolved. My son helped with this step for about 30 seconds..then I think he realized that this wasn’t a recipe he could eat from, and he lost interest. I love kids 🙂
Cover the bucket and let sit overnight to thicken. The next day, stir, then fill up empty and cleaned laundry detergent dispensing jugs 1/2 way, and fill them the rest of the way with water. Shake before each use.
Makes 10 gallons.
Top loading machine – use 5/8 cups per load (approx. 180 loads)
Front loading machine – use 1/4 cup per load (approx. 640 loads)
**Update: I made a change or two when I made this for the 2nd time. I didn’t dilute the detergent when putting it into the laundry soap jugs (since I can fit more soap into the jugs this way, I don’t have to actually fill them up as often). I also found this helped it to stay gelled better.
What laundry detergent do you use?
I now have a few toddler and preschooler’s aprons and art smocks for sale!
The art smocks are made with PEVA, a chlorine-free vinyl..just wipe clean! The aprons are 100% cotton. Click the photos below to see more details!