Monday, August 17, 2009

Cloth kleenex


In my previous post I wrote about the other things around our house that have switched to reusable rather than disposable, in addition to diapers. In comments, Ann reminded me that of course tissues can be reusable too. I had two pair of pajama pants, totally worn out in the seams around the butt, that were ready to be re-purposed. So this weekend I went ahead and cut them up, folded them kleenex-box style, and put them into an empty box. This way they pull out one after the other just like paper tissues! I am quite proud of myself. It took about 30 minutes to do the cutting and folding, total, with a few breaks for baby tending. I didn't serge or stitch the edges, so will see how they hold up after a washing and might have to do that later. The thing that makes me extra excited about using my old pjs, besides not having to buy fabric, is that these were both super worn, so already very soft and thin, just how I like my tissues. In the past, I've gotten annoyed with the bulk of handkerchiefs bought new (too big to comfortably stuff in my pocket), and felt like it was wasteful to wash that whole huge square of fabric after just a couple uses, but like it was also gross to keep using it when there were booger surprises inside. I made my tissues the width of one side of a leg of the pjs, which is - o happy coincidence - about the same size as a regular square of kleenex, and smaller than a typical handkerchief. The number of squares I got (about 36) seems like it would make it through a few days of a bad cold, or a month of light use. I also saved the elastic, which seemed to be in fine shape. What do you think of my handiwork?

1 comment:

  1. fabulous idea!! you are so resourceful. I have the same complaints about my store-bought hanks - it sounds like you found the perfect solution. Now I need to go hunt for well-worn pajama pants...

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