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Easy Sewing: Zero Waste Sponges

Kellie McRae, From Coping to Cash Flow

Easy Sewing: Zero Waste Sponges

Kellie McRae, From Coping to Cash Flow

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8 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:10
    • 2. Sewing supplies

      3:10
    • 3. Measure and cut fabric

      5:25
    • 4. Sewing the sponge

      5:50
    • 5. Stuffing the sponge

      7:52
    • 6. Finished sponge

      3:59
    • 7. Class project

      2:53
    • 8. Conclusion to sponges course

      0:57
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You will learn how to create a sponge that has a cloth side as well as a textured side for scrubbing. This course is a great beginner project or great for kids. The sponge can be tossed in the wash, eliminating the need to continuously purchase and throw away sponges. 

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Kellie McRae

From Coping to Cash Flow

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Kellie spent 17 years in the Real Estate industry, after receiving a diagnosis that stopped her from working in the traditional manner, she decided to help others earn a living using the methods that helped earn her multiple awards for customer service satisfaction & high volume sales. She realized that she could not completely walk away from a career that she loved & excelled at.

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1. Introduction: Hello there. My name is Kelly and I'm your instructor. I started sewing as a way to deal with the fact that my body was rebelling against me. It was a wonderful way for me to take my mind off of things. Teoh, combat, depression and anxiety. And for many of you, you may be able to relate to that. But what I found was a great sense of satisfaction. Partly because one I was able to get my mind off things. But also at the end of every project I had something that was useful. So it was wonderful. See things come together, know that you were doing something constructive and creating things that came out of your imagination that were beautiful. So in addition to helping to combat my depression and anxiety, I was able to make beautiful things. So I hope that you will enjoy making beautiful things as well, whatever your reasons, for a few just wanting to learn how to. So if you're just looking for something to do or if you just want to create practical things for if, like me, you're combating depression or anxiety and using this as a form of creative therapy, I hope that you will enjoy and let's go ahead and hop right on into the project. 2. Sewing supplies: so thank you for joining me for this beginner project of making reusable sponges. If you are all anything like me, you are a very frugal person. And I often seems, and sell people that I will pencil penny until every him leak and is screaming for mercy. So many of us are using sponges in our bathrooms were using them in our kitchens, and we are replacing them over and over and over again. Well, over time, that really starts to add up. So I decided that I would make my own kitchen sponges and bathroom sponges, and these will be able to be tossed in the wash and used over and over again. So that is the added perk, if you will, of making things that are useful in your home in this project is so simple that even kids can do it. So let me show you the supplies that you're going to need to do this project. So the first thing you're going to need is a bag of Polly feel, and you don't necessarily need a large bag of this. I have a large bag because I make a lot of different projects using it but this is a great way to fill your sponges. If you're making pillows, those types of things, this is what I would highly recommend, and it's easy to absorb water. And it also is great for tossing it in the wash. You're also going to need fabric that is like this tower based. So I have a towel fabric here. This is also a great scrap fabric project. This is some scrap fabric that I used inside of a handbag and also for a zipper pouch so you can use this is going to be your decorative side, if you will, with your mesh over where you're gonna use to scrub your pots and pans. And, of course, the towel side is the side that is going to do all of the major normal, everyday washing. You're also want to need some mesh. I have had a few people ask me if tool would work. I prefer mesh because one side of this is rough on the surface, which is great for scrubbing pots and pans. And one side is flat on the you know. So you know that this is the back side. This is the front side and this is the side that you're going to use problems you're scrubbing. You also want to need a way to mark your fabric. So this is I use a grease pencil. You're going to need scissors for cutting your fabric. You're going to need your lovely pens for obviously pitting your fabric. You're going to need a way to measure your fabric. So I have my lovely ruler here, and then I have a set of chopsticks. You can use a turning tool or anything that you feel like we'll get the corners pushed out . Once you're done making your little sponge, I seem to always prefer the chopsticks there. Easy Teoh access. You can find them at your local grocery stores. I tend to buy a whole pap whenever I go to the grocery store, because I use them in my selling projects. So those are the supplies that you're going to need. Of course. In addition to you're sewing machine, you can do this by hand, but we will not be doing that. So let's go ahead and get started 3. Measure and cut fabric: Welcome back. Now it's time to measure for our little sponges. Now keep in mind that these air for your kitchen and there really is no fast and dry Aston dry, no cut and dried rule for you to actually create your sponges. I personally will use the size of six by five. Keeping in mind that once you add the seam allowance that is going to shrink a little bit so and you're also going to stuff it with your probably feel, which is going to take up a little bit of that space as well. So let's go ahead and flip over and let me show you how I stack the fabric so that it's easy to come right out and eso right away. Okay, so remember that we have three layers of fabric here. We've got our decorative side here. We've got our mesh and we have our towel now the, uh usually, when you stack your fabrics or if you're going to stop him and go straight to the sewing machine, you want to make sure that right sides fit together. But in this situation you have three layers and remember one side of your mesh is kind of scratchy for cleaning. And in one side of your mesh is actually very smooth if you're using a similar type of mesh as what I've got here, OK, so the first thing I'm going to do is I'm gonna lay out my towel material and then on top of that again you want right sides together. So I'm going to put thes scratchy side facing the town material, okay? And then I'm going to take the pretty side off my scrap fabric here, and I'm going Teoh actually going to go with this side. It's a little fatter, and I'm going to lay that on top of the mesh. Okay, keeping in mind that when you turn this out, these two will be on the same side. Which is why you want to make sure that the scratchy surface is facing the towel and not the decorative side of your fabric. Okay, then I'm going to get my measuring tool here. My ruler and this salvage edge here where you see this white? If you've still got this piece, this is a straight edge for for measuring. So you lay your ruler against this. You know that this side is already going to be pretty straight. Okay, So what I'm going to do is I'm going to come in. Well, actually, let's measure this way. First, let's go with. Like I said, I want this to be six inches by five. So I'm going to go six inches up here, and I'm just gonna leave a little bit for unraveling. So I'm gonna mark this at my six inch mark. We're gonna cut that off, okay? And now I also know, obviously that if I lay my ruler right up against that red line and it is straight all the way up that this is going to be a straight line as well. So I'm gonna measure over five inches, and now I'm going to go up from this one. You now right on over. Just making the two lines meet, and that is going to be our sponge. So now we're just going to cut this out, making sure that we have all three layers that's gonna move this over a little bit to make certain that I don't short one end. So you want to make sure that all three are caught up in that square that you've just drawn . So now I can see both of the edges here, and I know that I've got all three layers of my fabric. Okay, because these are so thin, it's not so difficult to cut three layers of fabric here a lot of times for a lot of projects. You're coming double anyway, So this is not unusual, Especially since the mash is very, very thin anyway, right? I love using the, uh, three's pencils because one they do wash away. And as you could see, they make very distinct markings, so you can't miss where it is that you should be cutting. All right, so there are our three layers all put together, and now let's get them prepared to go to the sewing machine. 4. Sewing the sponge: welcome back. So now we had to prepare our sponge to go into the sword machine. Now, some of you may feel pretty confident and you don't want to pin your fabric. However, if you do, once a pin your fabric, I want to show you kind of what I've done here. So you see that the heads of the pens sticking out these are the areas where I'm going to. So here in the middle, you see that I have pins that are sideways. These areas will be left open. So when you get done, there's gonna be an open space here left in the sponge so that we will have the ability to turn the sponge inside out and to be able to stuff it. So let's go ahead and head over to the sewing machine. Okay, so I am going to take my fabric, and I'm going to put it in the sewing machine with the pen that is sideways because I want to start there, and I'm gonna end on the opposite side where the other pen is sideways. So and I like to make sure that I penned this only because the mesh tends to slide. So have you pin it then? You know that it is held, hopefully steadily in place. So I'm gonna pull my pen and I'm going to do a quick little back stitch. We're going to go. We're gonna so this all the way around. So when you get to your edge, you're going to make sure that you drop your needle into the fabric, lift the foot, and then turn your fabric and take your time. I mean, it's not something it's not a marathon. So just make sure that you aren't sewing over your pens because they can cause your needle to break. And now you're pretty much back where we started were at that other sideways pen. So we're gonna pull that out, and we're just gonna go in a little bit further and then do a little backstage, and then this is ready to be turned inside, out and stuffed. Let's pull it off the machine. We're going to snip the little, uh, let me move the machine out of the way so you can see what I'm doing. We're going to snip the the excess threads here. And as you can see, there's an opening here, and this three layers of opening is going to be really important. And I'll show you, um, why, once we get all of the edges cut off, Okay, so now I'm just going to cut off a little bit of this excess on the corners to make it where, when it turns, just make sure you don't cut into the stitching. But you do want to get rid of these little corners, because when you turn the sponge inside out, it'll make those corners crisper. Now, for some reason, this side looks a little fatter to me. So I'm gonna actually trim some of the same amount is down as well. All right, It's been our garbage out of the way. And now our little sponge is ready to turn. Now, when you get ready to turn this, it is important that you make sure that the mesh is on the same side as the pretty fabric. Because if you turn it with the mesh on this side, you're gonna have to flip it back inside out. Because again, remember, this is the smooth side of the mish, and you don't want this on the side of the towel because that is a side that does your basic washing. This is the side that's going to do. You're scrubbing your the mish side, so we're going to take this and we're going to flip it inside out. And this is where your chopsticks come in handy. So let's break those apart, and we're going to get right in those corners, push those corners out, keeping in mind. Remember, guys, I am frugal so you can get these at your local grocery store, especially of your sushi eater, not necessarily always from the grocery store, but again they are available. If you're a grocery store, offers sushi or if you order take out often you will get these. And whenever I do, I always save them so that I can use them for my projects here. All right, so there you have the foundation of your sponge. And yes, we are going to stuff it and then we're going to close this in, okay, 5. Stuffing the sponge: So it's now time to stuff our sponge. And I want to show you guys a mistake, if you will, that I made. And I don't know if you noticed that when I was pushing through the fabric in the last segment. Now one of the things that you want to make sure. And this is why you want to make sure that the mesh doesn't slide whether the fabrics don't slide is because if they don't all get caught up, it can leave. Um, like a little opening, if you will. Or also one of the things that it does. Like. I did hear these air fabrics that unravel. And as you can see, I kind of got a little overzealous and pushing through. But this is still going to be a usable sponge. And I wanted to show you that in case that happens to you so that you are not thinking that Oh, I've got to start all over again. My sponges garbage, because what we're going to do is we're actually going to stuff the sponge, and then we're going to stitch all the way around the edge and keeping in mind that this is gonna be cleaning your bathroom in your kitchen. So again, it does not have to be perfect. So we're going to take our probably fill. We're going to start to stuff our sponge, and the one thing I want you to keep in mind as you are stuffing your sponge is you don't want to make it puffy like a pillow. You want to get enough in their toe where it's going to absorb water and do what it needs to do. But I will tell you that if you overstuff it, it will actually be of more of a hindrance when it comes time to clean. Then it will be helped to you, because once you get all that water in there, it's only gonna puff up even Mawr. So let's go ahead and get the sponge filled with are probably filled. And then we will come back and we will close it and top stitch it and see our finished product. - So it's now time. Just stuff are sponge, and I want to show you guys a mistake, if you will, that I made. And I don't know if you noticed that when I was pushing through the fabric in the last segment. Now, one of the things that you want to make sure. And this is why you want to make sure that the mesh doesn't slide. Whether the fabrics don't slide is because if they don't all get caught up, it can leave. Um, like a little opening, if you will. Or also, one of the things that it does like. I did hear these air fabrics that unravel. And as you can see, I kind of got a little overzealous and pushing through. But this is still going to be a usable sponge. And I wanted to show you that in case that happens to you so that you are not thinking that all I've got to start all over again. My sponges garbage because what we're going to do is we're actually going to stuff the sponge, and then we're going to stitch all the way around the edge and keeping in mind that this is gonna be cleaning your bathroom in your kitchen. So again, it does not have to be perfect. So we're going to take our probably fill. We're going to start to stuff our sponge and the one thing I want you to keep in mind as you are. Stuffing your sponge is you don't want to make it puffy like a pillow. You want to get enough in their toe where it's going to absorb water and do what it needs to do. But I will tell you that if you overstuff it, it will actually be of more of a hindrance when it comes time to clean. Then it will be helped to you, because once you get all that water in there, it's only gonna puff up even Mawr. So let's go ahead and get the sponge filled with are probably filled, and then we will come back and we will close it and top stitch it and see our finished product. 6. Finished sponge: Welcome back. Now we've got our sponge filled up, and as you can see, it's not overly stuffed. And right now, the poly feels a little lopsided. Them there's a reason for that. So we're going to top stitch around. So we're gonna be shifting the poly fill inside just to make sure that we get good and just underneath our sewing foot. So the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to turn in the edges here so that they're tucking and nice to be able to So the three layers together. So I'm going to get my pins and I'm going to slide those in there, making sure everything is held securely, and then all of the edges are tucked under, and that is where we're going to start our top stitch. So let's go ahead and head over to the machine. Okay? So I'm going to go ahead and make sure that the needle is up. I'm going to shift my probably fill down so that I can get my sponge underneath my sewing foot here and now I'm going to do a little back stitch like you saw when we first started reinforcing the sponge. And now I was gonna so all the way around the edge of the sponge, making sure to catch in where we started when we had that opening, Keeping in mind yet again that we're going to drop the needle at the edge, lift the foot, and then we're going to turn the fabric where we're gonna turn the sponge. Now I'm shifting the poly fill again so that I can get a nice flat surface here to be able to. So now we're pretty much back where we started. Okay, so there it is. How cute is that? It's cute, and it's practical, and it's not too fat, so you can actually folded around panhandles on. And that kind of thing has got a good scrub. Decide for you. Be able to clean your pots and pans and you can toss this in the wash. And again, this is a project that is very easy. It's a beginner project, and it's something that, like I said, your kids conduce. So if your little girls have baby dolls, even they could make baby doll pillows. All right. Thank you all for watching. I hope you learn something, and I look forward to seeing what your sponges look like. I'd like to see the different fabric choices. Those are always fun for me. So please be sure. Teoh, let me know if you have any questions. I'm happy to help. Have an amazing day. 7. Class project: Welcome back. Now it's time to talk about your class project. You will be, of course, making a zero waste reusable sponge. Now, the thing that I want you to realize is that your sizes are totally up to you. You can make different shapes and sizes so you can actually make circles. If you wanted to do that, you could do squares, you could do rectangles. And for me, one of the things that I really enjoy when it's time for me to get creative is picking the fabrics. So I'm going to show you guys just a few of the different fabric choices that I have used. If you're quite conservative, this is actually an up cycled denim shirt that I cut and used the sleeves on. So this is a great project for scrap fabric for up cycled fabric. If you've got some things that you can no longer wear, but they're not necessarily worthy of donating, you can now use them for your zero way sponges. This one is cute little plaid, and it's, you know, kind of conservative, I suppose, in the fact you know in the colors. But again, this one is a smaller sponge than than some of the others. So again the size is in shape. Our is up to you. This is also a recycled or up cycled. Sorry. Ah, fabric that I used once upon a time this had a life as a dress. So I tend to again try toe up cycle. This is the pattern that we used throughout the course, and I had a lot of this leftover. I used this fabric initially to create a handbag, and then I I shared in one of the segments the vinyl zipper pouch that I created. And now this reusable sponge, if you like butterflies. I also use this fabric to create a pillow for a friend of mine as well as a handbag. So again, when you've got the scrap pieces, they are wonderful for recycling and reusing. So I would love to see what your fabric choices are. And look, this is probably this one is Ah, a little wonky because after you get done with them, you're gonna toss them in the wash over it over again. So sometimes they're gonna lose their shape or, you know, but again because they are for cleaning. They don't necessarily have to be perfect, Which is why this is a great beginner project, and it is absolutely wonderful, since it's not that complex for kids to learn as well. All right, so let's see, with fabric choices what different sizes, what different shapes you use. I'm looking forward to seeing your projects uploaded, see in the next thing. 8. Conclusion to sponges course: thank you for taking the time to take this beginner class on how to create what is considered a zero waste sponge. So this is by far one of the easiest projects I think that one could start with. So you can either call them zero waste plunges or baby doll pillows if you have little ones that you are trying to teach to so and giving them a little bit of motivation. I enjoyed teaching this course, and I hope that you will join me for other courses that I will be teaching on easy sewing in the future. Thank you for tuning in and have an amazing day. And please, please, please make sure that you upload your projects. I really want to see your fabric choices and Tennessee. You know, if you enjoy doing making this course, I and you could do these in different shapes to different shapes and sizes, So I'd like to see that as well. All right, have an amazing one. And thanks again for taking this course. Chow