I usually do laundry on Mondays and Thursdays. Being gone last week kind of threw that for a loop. Needless to say I had a mountains worth yesterday. All those dryer sheets got me thinking I should share how I use them with quilting.
After running it through my laundry I place it in a box keep for this purpose. When I made this quilt I ran out and had to wait week to week to get more to complete it. I got impatient with this method and made a weird request to my friends for their dryer sheets. My friends know I’m a little different. They obliged me and soon I had this quilt complete. Now I use my box so as not to give more evidence to my peculiarities.
When I’m ready I iron the dryer sheet. I find generic brand flatten best. Bounce can be a bit of a problem. The first method I use for dryer sheets is as a foundation. I like it because it is lightweight and I don’t have to rip any paper off when I’m done. The blocks I’m currently making start with a right angled triangle in one corner.
Then I place a strip on top and stitch in place. You can pin if you like but I just hold it in place.
Then I fold it back and press.
Then repeat the process.
Until I’ve covered the dryer sheet. Then I finish up with an other triangle
Trim it all up.
And here is my finished block.
My next method is for applique. First I trace my pattern on the dryer sheet I used a sharpie here just so you could see it but usually use a micron pen.
Then I place my fabric so the right side is facing the dryer sheet and stitch around it.
Trim a scant 1/4″ and clip corners
Next I cut a slip in the dryer sheet
Using a chopstick I turn the piece right side out.
And sew in place. I just top stitch but you can use any method you choose.
I use a cloths line whenever I can and hardly ever use a dryer sheet. So, I buy the cheapest interfacing I can by the yard or bolt and use coupons and always have enough of that wonderful lightweight material for these great project ideas. I hate, Hate, HATE pulling paper off a project and love the clean lines theses give for applique projects.
I use my dryer sheets in a similar fashion. They are wonderful, lightweight, 'free' and work great.
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Such a great idea!!!!
Two great uses for used dryer sheets! Smells nice when sewing too! 🙂
Great idea. Thanks
These are wonderful tutorials. Thanks bunches. 🙂
Great tutorial! I have a basket of used Western Family dryer sheets. What temperature do you use on the iron? Do you cover them with anything or are you able to place iron right onto the sheet?
What a great idea! I want to make some strippy blocks, but hate the idea of having to tear out all the paper. Thanks. Blessings, gretchen
What a terrific idea. I try to avoid those dryer sheets because of the landfill issue. Now, I can have non-static filled clothes and create something beautiful. Thanks!
These are some of my favorite ways to use up "used" dry sheets. I love the "turned" applique because I can make the pieces over time and put them in a bag and when I'm ready to use them they have perfect edges for needle turn or machine work.
One of the nicest things about dryer sheets is that you can piece them together if you need a larger block base. I use them to line Dresdan plates and their center circle.
I just came across this and this is such a genius tip to reuse and recycle! I have so many dryer sheets laying everywhere in my laundry room haha! Time to go gather them up! Thank you!!!
I love this idea and wish I'd saved all my used dryer sheets!! LOL I also wonder what temperature you use on your iron when ironing the sheets flat.