How do I soften a linen/cotton duvet cover?
I just received my duvet cover in the mail, and the fabric is linen-cotton. It's a little too stiff for my taste, and I want to make it softer. Are there any at home remedies out there that will do the trick? Fabric softener, vinegar, washing it a few times? Any kind of help will work. If there isn't a way to make it softer, I can simply return it. Thanks!
Question answered by Jennifer
"Many use and recommend washing rather than dry cleaning for linen garments, bed and table linens. (However; dry cleaning is recommended for cleaning linen draperies, due to potential for shrinkage in long pieces.) Washing is recommended because the more linen is washed, the softer, more absorbent and more luminous it becomes. One can use either hand or machine washing, but observe the following points:
* Be gentle when laundering linen: use a gentle wash cycle or handwash and use just a little gentle soap. We like Ivory Snow (powder), but some people swear by Woolite, some people like Orvus Quilt Soap (available at some Quilt stores as well as many Saddle and Tack shops!) and some even use their favorite shampoo. Whatever you use, follow the package directions. Place delicate, embroidered or fringed linens in a lingerie bag before putting them into a washing machine.
* Use cool to warm, not hot, water. Wash colored linens in cool water. Soft water is important: Hard water forms a soap scum that make linen stiff and dull.
* Launder stains when fresh. If allowed to set, stains may be permanent.
* Use oxygen bleaches (hydrogen peroxide) for white linen. Experiment to see how much is needed. Chlorine bleaches can cause yellowing.
* Try a couple of tablespoons of cream rinse for your hair in the final rinse cycle. Linen is cellulose fiber, and many swear this makes their linen more lustrous.
* If hand washing, rinse very thoroughly. Removal of all soap will help prevent large brown spots on linen, which are caused by oxidation of cellulose by residual soap."
As far as the dryer..I would avoid it if possible- it could shrink the fabric. It's best to hang out on a line in your yard, or if that's not an option. hang it up over the shower rod/door.
where can I find good quality 100% cotton bed linen for an affordable price?
Please could you give me the names of shops around London, or websites. I am willing to pay around £30 for a 100% cotton and good quality king size duvet cover.
Question answered by Christie J
QVC has great products for great prices. They sometimes even let you make payments on them.
Does anyone know a really good shop online to buy bed linen and funky stuff 4 the home?
im not looking for furniture just bed linen and unusual stuff for the kitchen ect! any ideas would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance,
Question answered by ♥chipcheep♥
good variety of sources listed here
Sewing: I want to make a pair of linen drawstring pants...where to start?
I want to make a pair of linen drawstring pants. Where do I start, what do I need, and how do I make my own pattern? Thanks!
Question answered by kay
Unless you want to make something exceedingly unfitted like the Thai fisherman's pants that were around a couple of years ago, you need a pattern, which you will choose by your hip measurements. You will also need a good sewing book or (much better!) basic lessons to help you learn to cut and sew the pants properly. I'd probably start you with pj style pants in an inexpensive fabric; you can work out the issues with fabric handling and learning your sewing skills there, then tackle your (much more expensive) linen.
In addition to fabric and pattern, you'll need:
shears (of the style called bent trimmers, blades as long as you can easily open and close... Fiskars are a good budget choice)
pins (I prefer the big yellow headed quilting pins for beginners, as a reminder not to sew over them)
needles (hand needles only if you're going to sew these by hand; otherwise hand and sewing machine needles)
sewing machine (if you're not going to sew solely by hand)
interfacing correct for the fabric
any notions specified in the pattern, such as zipper or buttons
iron (Black and Decker Classic is a good budget choice)
I strongly suggest basic sewing lessons or a good mentor working with you for the first few projects. If sewing lessons are not available to you (try fabric stores, sewing machine shops, community college and adult ed classes), consider something like Connie Crawford's Studio Sewing Skills dvd, meant for beginning or returning sewing students.
When you get good enough at sewing that you can look at a pants pattern and instantly tell if it's a front or back piece and you don't need instructions for sewing them, then you're probably ready to draft a basic pants pattern on your own. The draft I use is Crawford's -- it's in her Patternmaking Made Easy book, in the little pants book, or in the custom pants dvd, which is probably the easiest place to learn it.
Where are some good stores to shop at when looking to buy a new bed set?
I'm trying to find a kind-of tropical, floral pattern for my bed and I was also wondering where would be a good place to shop for those kind of decorations?
Question answered by minibear20
bed bath and beyond, linens & things
they have almost anything
Does anyone know of a paper supplier how can supply card with a linen finish to it?
Im looking for card with a linen finish to it. I need the card to be roughly 80lb, 220grms, as it is for printing greeting cards. I have found countless US suppliers, but am in the UK, so these are charging a fortune to ship. I am therefore trying to find a UK supplier who stocks linen card/cover 80lb
Question answered by Regwah
Most offset print shops, 220 gsm linen embossed is fairly standard business card stock.
Is there a Quik copy or Call Qwik in UK.
Small print shop will tim it to size .
Has the internet changed how you shop for clothes?
Do you buy clothes and accessories over the internet? What is it you like or don't like about online shopping? Do you prefer shopping in a mall or on the internet? Has the internet had an impact on what you buy? Is it easier or harder to shop online? Has your mall shopping/internet shopping habits changed since the recession?
Question answered by Amarand
The Internet has changed, and will continue to change, how many people shop for everything - from clothing to consumer electronics, even to cars.
Even if you eventually purchase an item locally, the Internet has trusted resources which evaluate products and services, sometimes even comparing brands and models; offering technical specifications and reviews. Sure, there's nothing like going into an air conditioned store with pleasant lighting, dedicated sales staff and a dressing room to try on a pair of shoes or outfit; but with a liberal return policy, on-line shopping is becoming a lot more affordable and acceptable.
Vendors, such as Amazon, will allow you to print a pre-paid shipping label to return products that don't fit, are damaged on receipt, or that you simply just don't like. This is done in an attempt to stay competitive with brick and mortar retailers, as well as get you to purchase items without the worry that you'll be stuck with a lemon. Consumer confidence is key, especially when offering things for sale on-line.
One of the detriments of on-line shopping can be the delays in processing and the time it takes for an item to be shipped - especially with delays around the holidays. On-line stores most likely run out of popular stock during these peak seasons just like the brick and mortar stores, but as the stock in a warehouse is typically larger than that of a retail store, you are more likely to find what you want in-stock somewhere on-line than you are to find it in your local store. Sadly, this does serious damage to the income of many retail stores, which has caused many major competitors to go out of business. Take, for example, the battle between brick and mortar Bed Bath and Beyond and its rival Linens 'N Things. When fewer dollars are coming into an economy with limited resources, there are typically winners and losers. When competitors go out of business, competition wanes, and the winner typically changes its policies (such as liberal returns, price matching, more frequent sales and even lower prices in general) simply because it now can.
It's nice to shop locally when you can, simply because if most people find on-line shopping cheaper, quicker or better in some other way such as variety or quantity of stock, then local businesses will start to fail and you will have no choice but to shop on-line. As in the example above, if you consider on-line stores as a competitor to brick and mortar stores, and the brick and mortar stores start to go out of business one by one, you will eventually get to the point where on-line stores will start removing the incentives they once offered (lower prices, inexpensive shipping, liberal return polices) as there will be no competitive requirement to offer these.
Shopping on-line is easier than shopping in a store if you are even mildly computer savvy, as the on-line vendors often make it easy for you to search for, and find, exactly what you are looking for. Many vendors have product comparison charts, images, 360 degree product views and rating/review systems which allow people who own the products to tell you what they think about them. When you walk into a brick and mortar store, you may feel overwhelmed by the selection (or lack thereof) of the products on the shelf and may have to rely on a salesperson on the floor to assist you. These salespeople are often driven by commission or other non-commission incentives to sell certain products, which means that you may not always get the best advice from these people. On-line, you still have to mentally filter some of the review and rating junk that's out there, but places such as Amazon have methods of allowing people to rate and review and reviews and reviewers, so that you can learn who you can trust, and who to ignore.
As it is far less expensive (per square foot) to have a warehouse with limited climate control, staffing and lighting, than it is to have a retail store with high quality lighting, climate control and dedicated sales staff; on-line stores will always have the ability to charge less for the same product than a retail store, unless it's a giant like Wal*Mart, which has strong negotiation tactics which they use during the wholesale purchasing process to bring items in typically lower than most other companies can, which translates to lower prices on the shelf. As any economic downturn means that people are spending less money, and looking for better deals, local stores turn to loss leaders in the hopes that the loss incurred from a cheap gallon of milk will be offset by the markup/margin of, say, cookies or cereal (products which have both been associated with milk over the years). As on-line stores can offer lower prices, in general, on all items, loss leaders aren't really required - they can simply offer lower prices and other incentives to bring customers in.
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What clothes/brands are made of both wool and linen?
The Old Testament forbids that you wear clothes made of wool and linen together (Deuteronomy 22:11). So the question is, what kind of clothes, brands etc. are made of both wool and linen? Can you make a list of the what you know for sure, and adding sources to it would be a big plus :)
Question answered by LabGrrl
It's a common blend for lightweight men's suits and sportcoats, like this one here:
I am building a new home, im terrible at decorating. What sofa color works with olive walls?
I am building a very basic two story home, downstairs having a family room den( computer room) kitchen with nook, walk in pantry, half bath and laundry. Upstairs i have split into two suites, each side have a large bedroom, ensuite and 9x10 walk in closet. End of the hall is a walk in linen closet 8x8. Very simple and basic. I like the greens yellows and browns, but have no idea what to do. I have gone to four " interior decorators" but all of them come up with something different. Just looking for some clues or ideas i suppose.. thanks
Question answered by Maya's Angel
Regardless of the size of your rooms and the colors of your walls...when you keep your furniture simple in color and basic it always works better. Also due to the advent of stain resistant microfiber, you can get light colored furniture with no worries about stains. I would suggest a light color in browns, since if you ever get tired of your color scheme you won't be forced to shop for a new sofa. What you can do is maybe get a beige sofa, any style you like and then buy olive and maroon cushions as an accent piece.
Everything doesn't have to be perfectly color coordinated, that would make it boring. See if a jewel tone maroon accent cushion or a throw will appeal to you that may contrast with your beige sofa and a jewel tone olive cushion. The jewel or bright color of cushions brighten up a sober sofa nicely, without overwhelming the room with a lot of color in the sofa itself.
A dish on your neutral colored center table with potpourri that is also olive colored and maroon...table lamps that are white or cream colored with a maroon/olive pattern or a lamp shade that is white with maroon or olive embroidered.
The key again is to accent subtly so that it just looks open due to less color in furniture but the overall effect is just very harmonious. Compliment with an area rug in the center and continue the theme with cream or white curtains around the room with similar colors in embroidery or scarves that reflect the olive walls in small details.
Any ideas on where I can find a stylish shower curtain?
I've looked everywhere! Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Macy's, Linen's & Things, JCPenney, TJ Maxx... None of these places have what I'm looking for! Are there any fresh new stores (either retail or on-line) that I should check out?
Question answered by cptnrin
Here are some of my favorite places for shower curtains: