Making Scrubbies

12/30/2013 1:26:00 PM

Tags: Scrubbies, Cuties, Mary Conley

Mary ConleyDear readers, If I can recycle and/or save a little money, I’m in my element. Here is a little project that will do both and only take about five minutes to make. Really. Only about five minutes, and you will use it over and over, and over, and well, you get the point.

First you must save those mesh bags that oranges, potatoes and other produce come in. I have a vase scrunched full of them as we eat a lot of those little oranges called Cuties. Yum! They are so good and easy to peel!

Here is how I do it: Cut the little metal pieces off the ends, lay the mesh out flat and start folding. Fold the cut sides in first to prevent raveling, and then just keep folding to the desired size you want. Mine are about 3 by 4 inches. You may need to pin it now and then as the mesh tends to get away from you. Then sew around it a couple times.

scrubbie

You can see by the photo that I didn't even bother to change my thread to match. I keep one made of softer mesh (such as at the top) to swish the food off the dishes, and a sturdier one for pans. However, neither scratch. 

I can guarantee that if you get tired of the round store-bought scrubbies always coming apart, you will love these as they last for months. Give it a try and tell me what you think!



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Perry
1/4/2014 3:09:14 PM
Hey mom! Great idea for a small inexpensive post-Christmas gift for me. If that does not work, I have a birthday coming up in a little over 9 months!

BJA
12/31/2013 8:29:02 PM
Great idea, Mary. I guess I do not need any right now, but will try to remember when I need replacements. Two years in a row, I have received scrubbies in my Christmas stocking--along with lots of other fun stuff! Always fun to get innovative and/or practical things. We have so much fun with our Christmas stockings. Happy New Year!

MissEditress
12/31/2013 12:18:31 PM
I'm very much looking forward to making these scrubbies! We eat so many clementines, I'll be able to compile a huge stash for backups, gifts, or selling. Thanks for the fun, thrifty project!

jean
12/31/2013 11:11:51 AM
That sounds like something I need to try! They would make great gifts, too. Thanks for the idea, Mary.

Gail
12/31/2013 11:04:47 AM
Thanks for the detailed instructions, Mary. I do have a bag of cuties in the refrigerator right now and by tonight, I will have a new "scrubbie" to use! Gail

ASantarelli
12/31/2013 10:42:41 AM
Can't wait to try these! A great idea!

Sheila
12/30/2013 8:58:41 PM
Sheila here, "Return to Our Roots" gal - what a great use for those mesh bags! In my house, we go through scrubbies quite often, so it will be way more economical and eco-friendly to make them. Thanks for sharing this useful tip!



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