Today is Day 1 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. You can enter each day to win the prize of the day! Contest rules and how to enter are below.
When are wrinkles OK? Be they signaling your ongoing crawl towards death in the form of crow’s feet (guilty) or showcasing your lack of care for your appearance in an unpressed blouse (guilty again), they are generally regarded as a negative addition to both body and clothing. When it comes to actually sewing, the same holds true. Wrinkles are a “no”. Trying to maneuver that foot around a curved neckline or matching quilt blocks together becomes impossible when fabric isn’t properly pressed. Case and point? Iron your fabric.
But what if, just bare with us for a moment, what if you don’t have an iron?
It becomes pretty difficult to iron without the proper tools… like an iron. To help you save face (not your wrinkly face, sorry, use moisturizer for that) when it comes to that next sewing project we’re providing alternatives to the iron today. Sewists worldwide need no longer beg the question, “How can I iron without an iron?“. Don’t “wing it” on those quilt squares anymore or “guesstimate” when hemming that skirt when it isn’t properly pressed. When you iron your fabric you have a much greater chance of getting professional, polished pieces.
Ironing with an Iron: Awesome Alternatives
1. Spritz with Water & Hang Up to Dry
This method of ironing without an iron doesn’t even involve heat. Hang up your fabric (mind where it folds over the hanger, a crease will likely be there), and spritz with clean water. You could also simply hang it up immediately after washing (remember to always pre-wash your fabric!).
2. The Damp Towel Method
Thank goodness for the towel. By dampening this beautiful piece of terrycloth and placing it over your fabric in question you can successfully get out those wrinkles. A towel also works as a beautiful alternative to an ironing board (for those of us who live in teeny tiny apartments).
3. Steam ’em!
Use the same method that grandma used to to steam her special occasion silk scarves. The next time you shower, close all windows and doors of your bathroom; don’t worry, you won’t get mold all over your shower liner by doing this sparingly… unless you live in my terrifying apartment that breeds mold colonies. Hang your fabric up via hanger (again, mind the crease). The steam from your shower will relax wrinkles in that fabric. If you really hate the environment and want a much more comprehensive steam, you can leave the shower on long after finishing your shower. We love the earth though, so maybe don’t do this.
4. Use Your Straightener
It’s not good for your hair anyway, so why not use that hair straightener on something that can take it, like your latest print? Ironing without an iron can be accomplished by using this very different kind of iron. Just make sure that before you turn on your piping hot straightener you clean off any hair products that could stain your beautiful fabric. The drawback? This method won’t effectively work on large pieces of fabric, unless you’re a giant and own giant straighteners.
5. Blow Dryer Approach
Dampen your fabric and blow dry it (while it’s hung up). Similarly to the shower steaming method, the heat from your blow dryer can ease the harshness of those wrinkles.
6. The Good Ole’ “Heat Up a Pan and Place it Immediately on Your Fabric” Method
We do not recommend this. But it could work if you’re in a jam and are crazy.
If you don’t want to use any of these hacks, you could just use an iron. Maybe something incredibly nice like one from Oliso?
ENTER TO WIN TODAY’S PRIZE:
An amazing iron from Oliso! Win the Oliso® Pro™ Smart Iron with iTouch® Technology TG1600.
In order to win today’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, all you need to do is:
Leave a comment on this blog post below telling us:
What alternatives have you used for ironing?
OFFICIAL RULES FOR DAILY CONTEST:
- There is a maximum of one entry per person. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
- Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post.
- Winner will be announced here on the blog December 10, 2014 as well as contacted by the email address provided.
- You have until tomorrow, December 9, 2014 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on the project above. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
- Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.
THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED! Be sure to check out more great giveaway opportunities below!
Congratulations to Rebekah Brocato!
You’ve won the Oliso® Pro™ Smart Iron with iTouch® Technology TG1600. You will receive an email shortly.
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