Making the unsponge and lovin it

IMG_2958Yes you read that right.  I am making unsponges.   I found it on you tube or pinterest just search unsponge.  Not sure what I was searching when it came up but I am sure that is a whole story in itself.   And the story continues.

Take any old cloth.  It was suggested to use cotton, flannel, and I chose a canvas material.  I do not recall what they used for the rough side of the unsponge.  So you cut them 4.5 inches by 6 inches.  But like in my photo I made them smaller because well I had some really cute material and wanted to get some more life out of it so I used it for this project.  If you don’t have old cloth then I would suggest asking a quilter for some scrap pieces.  The whole idea is to use something already in the house and use it for another purpose.  I cut up some flannel pj pants that had seen better days.  They became the flannel portion.  I used canvas that was leftover from another project of making reuseable shopping bags from a canvas drop cloth…another story!

So cut the pieces and then I made mine by using two pieces of flannel, one piece of cotton and one piece of canvas.  Next make a sandwich with the flannel on the outside.  The right sides of the inner pieces together so that when you flip it inside out the right side is the outside.  Once your flannel sandwich is made it is time to sew.  Begin along the long side and start halfway along the side.  Sew all the way around leaving a portion unsewn so that you can turn it inside out.  Leave more than you expect at least two inches or it will be hard to turn.  If you want a thicker unsponge then use more layers of flannel.  My first one (the one made of the brown rock material) was the correct size and it was four layers of flannel.  I found it took forever to dry so I reduced the number of layers by two.  Before turning it inside out it is good to clip the corners so that it makes it look nicer once you turn it.  After turning take your scissors and poke out the corners they look nice.  Then you are ready to sew along the edge of the unsponge.

After using it for a few days just toss it in your next laundry load and you have an unsponge for as long as it lasts.  Also if you want to make one side for scrubbing pots and pans more of a scrubbing surface like in the photo.  I used the protectors for wine bottles I am not sure what they are made of or if they will wash very well but they were free and I liked the price!   Enjoy!

Below shows the middle unsponge with the canvas side up.  I found it works as a great surface to scrub as clean.  I plan on making a couple different unsponges for use in the bathroom and of course keeping them separate from my kitchen use.

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