Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial

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.
Then press 
 And sew in place. I just top stitch but you can use any method you choose.


  1. 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.

  2. I use my dryer sheets in a similar fashion. They are wonderful, lightweight, 'free' and work great.

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  3. Two great uses for used dryer sheets! Smells nice when sewing too! :-)

  4. These are wonderful tutorials. Thanks bunches. :)

  5. 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?

  6. 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

  7. 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!