#plasticfreemay

This month has been up and down with my plastic challenge, some fails and some great new discoveries.  First up is a fantastic find: Swedish_stockings

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I have been wanting to find Swedish Stockings here in England and discovered they are stocked at The Pantry Underwear in Liberty as well as their own shop in Islington.  They do cost more than my usual Marks & Spencer opaque tights, but proved to be so lovely to wear and the plus is they are made from recycled and sustainable fibres, in a factory that is solar-powered.  You can also send them your laddered tights and join their recycling club, this will give you a 10% discount on new purchases.  Ms T bought some fish net ankle socks and loves those.  So next time you are about to throw out laddered tights, stop and post them off.

I am still using Mangle & Wringer, the laundry powder is wonderful and there is no need to add any fabric softener.  Made with just 100% coconut oil soap. Our 100% natural formula is free from synthetic detergents, phosphates, optical brighteners, enzymes, fragrances and preservatives.  The bleach is perfect for whites, cleaning the loo & lots more.

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My final find from As Nature Intended, biodegradable swing bin liners and refuse sacks. They also have some packaging free items, Ecover refils - only in Ecover packaging, drygoods and a few oils. It's around the corner from The Source bulk foods in Chiswick, W4 are so lucky! The is a Borough Wines, great butcher (will wrap in paper only) and greengrocer stall on the High Road.  We use about 2 swing bin liners a week - not full as my kitchen has a small built-in bin.

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I am having problems recycling foil as my local council & 'recycling centre' - the dump - don't have a collection point.  I've found one but it is a difficult place to get to and they can refuse entry as I don't live in the catchment area. The cat is a tricky customer when it comes to food and although he is now weened off plastic pouches, still have a problem finding a tinned food he likes.  Any ideas on good tinned cat food in sauce or gravy needed.

This is not a sponsored post and all views are my own.  I only recommend items I have bought and tried myself.

#springsunshine baby quilt

In the last 6 weeks I have made 2 baby quilts, the #sodafloat and #springsunshine - now both gifted.  #springsunshine was made with the same collection of pastel Kona cottons and also a very pale grey that toned beautiful with the sugary hues.

It's made up of half square triangles, 5 1/4 inch squares bace.  I have found starch is by far the best solution to stop any bias movement, it's the first time I have used with method and loved it.  Used 100% cotton quilt batting from Macculloch & Wallis and also quilted with 40 weight cotton thread.  I found the backing at Fabrics Galore, although  sadly no photograph.  The binding was made up of all the left over fabrics, joined in a chain and trimmed to 2.5inches wide.  I loved the super scrappy look and it worked really well, again no pics as yet because the little boy arrived and I had to bind, washed and tumbled dry the quilt - gifted the same day!

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I tested a quilt pattern by a friend at London Modern Quilt Guild, Carina it's a quilting project inside Carina's new e-book Poplar Bear CountryCarina called it the iceberg quilt and as I chose a range of sugary pastels my daughter christened the quilt #sodafloat.  I made it for a friend who is expecting a baby very soon and there's nothing like a deadline to consentrate the mind and sewing schedule.

 

Headed out to the Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead for the Kona Solids and setabout making the quilt.  It is built up in blocks that are really cleverly made and grows quite simply, I managed to make the top up in 2 evenings after work.  Found the quilt batting at MacCulloch & Wallis and also bought a pure cotton 40 weight thread in a lovely icy pastel purple.

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The backing and binding are from Tikki London, so love the contrast of the backing to the front and the stripe worked really well as a binding.  I did waver when it came to the quilting style and so delighted with the way the circular quilting worked out.  I steamed the backing with a warm iron onto the batting and then steam pressed the top, pinned and it really helped to keep the 3 layers together with no puckering at all.  It has now flown out and been recieved ready for the new arrival!  If you like the pattern do have a look over at Carina's shop and if you are outside the EU here's a link to buy the book.

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Butterick 5537 | a review

 

Pattern: Butterick 5537

Fabrics: Dutch Wax print from Middlesex Textiles.

Notions: Epic [polyfil] thread.

Pattern description: Loose fitting, shawl collar dressing gown.

Pattern Sizing: Small, Medium & Large.  I made the medium.

Did it look like the photo/line drawing on the pattern once finished?:  Yes

What did you like or dislike about the pattern?: Well written pattern, with clear instructions.  Simple and straight forward.

Did I make  any pattern alterations or design changes?  No.

Would I sew it again or recommend to others?  Yes, I will definitely make it again.  Thinking of a winter weight version, may be lined with terry towelling.

Conclusion:  Great pattern and it is quick to make.  I like the sleeve turn up detail.  It's the first time i have sewn with Dutch wax fabric and I love it, pre-washing is essential to remove the stiff finish.  Used the whole 5.5m length with only a little fabric left over - the pattern say 6m.  The fabric is sold in 6 yard lengths [5.5m] and is a brilliant economic fabric in a huge array of prints.

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This is not a sponsored post, all opinion are my own.  I purchased the pattern and fabric.

#plasticfree April

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I was appalled to hear yesterday about Sainsbury's adding even more plastic packaging, you can read more about it here and here.  Has no one ever told Sainsbury's that may be they should consider giving advice on washing hands after touching raw meat instead of adding to the #plasticpollution problem?

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Did you watch the One Show last night, about #plasticpollution? I do hope that the Sainsbuy's board and share holders were watching (as well as all the supermarkets and shops)! Ok, rant over. This month i have got into more of a routine and helped enormously with the discovery of Source Bulk Foods, Odd Box and a couple of amazing butchers, groucery shopping has become easier.  Source have risotto rice, popcorn, baking powder, organic sugar, sweets and so much more, if you're in London it is so worth a visit.  This month I switched to their shampoo and conditioner refill, so delighted to have found it there.  Also trialed a facial cleanser bar and found it too drying for my face, a friend suggested Neals Yard  - so will head there for ideas.  Any suggestions?  I liked the Made for Life balm, although prefer a facial cream wash - Liz Earle's cleanse and polish is my all time go to and sadly that's in double plastic and not refillable.

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Georganics on Etsy, they have toothpaste, mouthwash & natural floss as well as bamboo toothbrushes.  As soon as my toothpaste is finished will try, they also have coconut oil pulling, has anyone tried this?  Sounds intriguing.

 [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP5Fa6A5lFM?rel=0] Finally, while pottering around my favorite garden centre with my youngest nephew, we kept seeing plastic pots and decided to try growing things from seeds.  I recently bought a fabulous new magazine called The Flower Patch, in there they show how to make origami seed pots.  Fun to make and great at recycling old newspapers, my garden in super small and I don't need loads - the loo roll and egg box ideas in the clip above are great too.