Hands up if your delicate handmades have ever perished in the wash! I've lost count of the times my carefully stitched clothes have come out mangled beyond repair, no matter how gentle I set the spin cycle on my powerful washing machine.
It normally happens to items with a lot of hand-stitching or bias-bound edges, which probably says more about my sewing skills than my washing machine! Nonetheless, it's pretty devastating and I was determined not to let it happen to my lovely Afternoon Blouse.
Enter the humble mesh washing bag! My mum has always used one for her sheer tights, bras and the like, but I stupidly never thought of using one to protect my me-mades. You just place your item(s) in the bag, zip it up and chuck it in the washing machine with the rest of your load.
It works an absolute treat and I no longer dread investigating freshly washed laundry for unsightly rips. It's the small things in life, eh!?!
Do you use washing bags? What other simple tricks have transformed the way you sew/care for your handmade wardrobe?
On another matter, I have lucky giveaway winners to announce!
A copy of The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style goes to Moody Cat Crafts and the Simplicity goody bag goes to The Crafty Pinup. HUGE congrats Kirsty and Abi...I'll be in touch shortly to arrange delivery!