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Soap Making – from Scratch

Soap Making – from Scratch
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Eight years ago I decided to have a go at soap making – I invested in the book ” the handmade soap book” by Melinda Coss.

A great decision. There are quite a few books around that say they can teach you how to make handmade soap when in reality they teach you how to add essential oils and colour to pre-made soap and pour into moulds. This book is different – it teaches you how to make handmade soap from scratch using caustic soda and oils. Almost miraculously these change into the most gentle, moisturizering handmade soaps.

I had great fun experimenting, making a variety of recipes from the book. Plus I had an endless supply of wonderful handmade gifts. But there reached a point where there is only so much soap we can use as a family, and so many times you can give the same people soap as a gift! I looked into selling handmade soap, but was out off with my limited attempts at presentation, plus the regulations behind selling soap. For each recipe you need a license at approximately £120.

Kitchen Coffee Soap, homemade

A few years on I continue to make kitchen soap – utilising coffee as an ingredient this is a great soap for neutralising odours on your hands such as onion and garlic. I have recently run out, at a rather inopportune moment when I could have really done with some!!

soap making recipe

I have loved digging out my soap making box from the shed, ordering some more caustic soda, visiting the local ethnic food shop for coconut oil and making another batch.

It’s relatively simple to do, you just need to allow plenty of time. Essentially  you heat your oils together, seperatley add caustic soda to your coffee and wait for your two sets of ingredients to reach the same temperature,

soap making heating ingredients

Then stir and wait for the trace point to be reached. Pour into molds.

soap making moulds

After 24 hours slice.

soap making kitchen coffee soap

The hard bit is waiting the following four weeks for the soap to cure.

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DIY Notebook Covers – Thank you gifts

DIY Notebook Covers – Thank you gifts
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It’s that time of year in the UK – the end of the school academic year. The kids are filling up with goodwill and the pressure is on to come up with thank you gifts. This year I decided to revisit my blog post 10 Teacher Gifts for teachers, made with fabric, hunting through for a gender neutral, quick project!!

Thank you gifts - DIY notebook covers

 

I followed this tutorial from Stitch by Stitch. Having set up a mini production line I am pleased with the end results. This project is fab for using up fabric you already have.

You stitch the fabrics wrong side together, then turn right side out.

cover closure

I particularly like the idea of using bondaweb to glue the two edges together, rather than using slip stitch.

cover closure, bondaweb

This fits my remit re speed!!

Shirt notebook cover

I decided to raid the fabric stash for a former shirt to create a cover with a front pockets for the male teacher.

Thank you gifts - DIY notebook covers

Unfortunately I have miscounted and still have one to make!! I hope you have a creative week – I’m off to buy a notebook to cover!!

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Thrifty Sewing Fabric Sources

Thrifty Sewing Fabric Sources
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As regular readers know I LOVE sewing, finding the process relaxing, challenging, absorbing, plus it nurtures my creativity. But it is not always that cheap. Today I am taking part in Sew thrifty’s series Savings Made By Sewing. I am sharing tips about sourcing fabrics from charity shops, car boot sales and jumble sales.

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Other options include signing up to community reuse groups such as freecycle and freegle.

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A size 14 skirt gave me 74″ by 23″ of fabric for £3. For more thoughts and tips see my post here. Do chek out Dana’s blog, she has a fabulous round up of free childrens clothes patterns.

What are your top tips for second-hand fabric shopping?

Savings Made by Sewing {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org} Great tips for saving money and sewing

Fabric:
July 6: Sew Thrifty | July 7: Feather’s Flights | July 8: Mabey She Made It | July 9: Phat Quarters | July 10: Vicky Myers Creations

Patterns:
July 13: Sew Thrifty | July 14: Sew a Straight Line | July 15: House of Estrela | July 16: Sew Straight and Gather | July 17: A Real Life Country Housewife

Supplies:
July 20: Sew Thrifty | July 21: Bernina Representative | July 22: Pretty Practical | July 23: Finn’s Door | July 24: Lulu and Celeste

General Tips:
July 27: Sew Thrifty | July 28: From-a-Box | July 29: Willow & Stitch | July 30: Knot Sew Normal | July 31: Bringing it All Together by Sew Thrifty

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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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