taking it easy

with five weeks to go I’ve decided to finally heed everyone’s advice and take it easy. don’t want this junebaby being a maybaby! so to Tim go all the remaining house and yard projects and I’m going to tackle the much less taxing sewing projects that are piling up around here. I’ve got curtains, baby bedding, duvet covers, etc that I’m itching to get at and the craft room shelves are full again so I’m ready to go!

first up a new ironing board cover. I know… ick!

and speaking of ick, anyone out there know how to fix this? I never know what to do when my iron gets all mucky.

55 thoughts on “taking it easy

  1. Colleen says:

    My god that is alot of fabric!! As for the iron though..i know i know something about that…i’ll get back too you on that.

  2. Mary-Frances Main says:

    I made a paste of baking soda and vinegar – rub it all over and then iron it off onto a towel (something you don’t care about). Worked great and mine was disgusting!
    I think you can use salt too, but haven’t actually tried that one!

  3. liz says:

    i am now turning pea-green with envy over your fully stocked and neatly stacked shelves of cute fabric. beautiful!
    good luck on the fun projects and the last few weeks of pregnancy! can’t wait to see the results (both sewing and baby!)
    and the iron – i know i’ve seen something at the fabric store made just for that ick. haven’t used it, but i guess i really need to one of these days…

  4. Jenna Lou says:

    Can I come over and dig through your fabric stash?? heheh I just want a good look at it all… I’m so jealous… mines about 1/8th of what you have.

  5. Nancy says:

    oh my, that stash is so amazing..sorry i can’t help you with the iron. i know that burst of energy and feeling to get everthing done before baby but, relaxing is important too. i try to tell myself that at least, i don’t always listen

  6. Jenn says:

    Your fabric shelves are beautiful and inspiring!
    My iron looks like that too – just happened all of a sudden. So I’ll be checking back to see all of the suggestions for getting rid of it.
    Best –

  7. Jennifer says:

    I just used “Goo-Gone” to clean my iron today — it’s an all-purpose solvent, available at places like WalMart or Target or the like. I use it because the gunk on my iron is the result of using fusibles — do you know what’s causing the build up? Anyway, after the Goo-Gone I use a wet sponge, then iron something like an old towel to get it all clean and shiny again. Good luck!

  8. Lisa Wakely says:

    I have used both the Faultless and the Rowenta iron cleaner. They both work the same but the Rowenta kit comes with a cotton cloth that you squeeze the cleaner on and run your hot iron over. I have purchased the Faultless at Walmart and Target usually sells the Rowenta kit in with the irons.

  9. LauraJ says:

    donate it to goodwill, then go out and splurge and buy yourself a new one! i hear they make digital irons! who knew? If you can’t do that, I have used toothpaste and an old toothbrush to scrub that off. I think it works, I did it a long long time ago. I’d go for option one.

  10. stephanie s says:

    i use iron-off, looks like the same kind of thing as the faultless stuff. haven’t seen the rowenta product, might have to track that down and do a comparison test. do it soon, it will be like you’ve gone and got yourself a new iron, and, because it looks like you need to….

  11. mortimersmom says:

    the absolute easiest way to clean gunk off an iron is to set it on high and iron a fabric softner sheet (like bounce). sometimes you need more than one go, but I’ve gotten glue and dye off with no problems, and it makes the iron smell fresh!

  12. rachel says:

    Five weeks? It seems to be going so quickly! I can’t wait to see what you sew for the baby’s room. I know it’s going to be cute, cute, cute!

  13. Natalie says:

    I don’t have much of anything to suggest for the iron, but you could always retire it to grilled cheese making, like in Benny and Joon.
    My mom used to have the same ironing board cover. I recognized it right away, and then realized that she had recovered hers as well, in a deep blue fabric. My suggestion is to go with something dark, then the gunk won’t show up so easily.

  14. Gina House says:

    I’ve had the same thing happen with my old iron. Not sure how to fix it, though. I ended up getting a new Rowenta as a gift.
    I can’t believe how much fabric you have. I’m SO jealous!

  15. string*THEORY says:

    thats kinda funny that you mentioned your ironing board…because i’ve recently had the new addition of little stitchettes appear on my ironing board:) i think i leave them on too long when i’m doing the transfer.
    i dont mind though…they’re sweet reminders when I’m doing my “chores”.
    They have some awesome cleaner that you can get for the iron – you can get it at most hardware stores (not sure of the name though)>

  16. Cici says:

    I have to second the fabric softner sheet – works like a charm. Er..umn…not that I’ve had to try it out before, umn…several times.

  17. IamSusie says:

    Gee– I always clean up my iron by running it over a wet terrycloth towel while it’s super hot. This works for me.

  18. Ursa says:

    I love seeing your shelves full of fabric. it is very calming to see and inspirational. I could just stare at that picture all day and dream of new projects.
    To clean the iron I use Rowenta Stainless Steel Soleplate Cleaning Kit ZD-110. They sell it at Joann’s and it costs around $12. Right now they have it on sale for $9.99. I have a professional Rowenta iron and don’t want to mess with home made cleaners. If I want to keep the iron for a long time I only want to use the best for it. The kit comes with a cleaning paste and a cloth to clean the iron with. It takes everything off the sole plate of the iron.

  19. ash says:

    I use the hot iron cleaner, as well. It is very fumy though, maybe your husband should do it for you?
    I love how your shelves are soo organized!

  20. Kari says:

    I use the Rowenta hot-clean kit too, but beware – mine put off some very nasty smelling fumes!
    Your stash is so juicy, I could die! LOVE it!

  21. Miss Sassy says:

    Don’t forget she’s pregnant. I second the baking soda and vinegar for cleaning. I don’t know what to suggest to prevent it. Good luck with the end of your pregnancy!

  22. medea says:

    Last time I was in the US i bought something called Dritz Iron-off hot iron cleaner at joanns. It works nicely and doesn’t stink too bad.

  23. Siri says:

    That is some SERIOUS nesting you’ve got going on there! You’re done with the fun fabric arranging and now you’re onto the nitty gritty details, it seems.
    I second skipping the nasty chemicals to clean your iron. I think I’ve done the vinegar/baking soda trick and it worked well enough.

  24. Libbie says:

    Whoa mamma to be, that’s a lot of fabric, enjoy and can’t wait to see the results. Can’t believe that it’s only five weeks to JuneBaby, and as for the iron… that is a four letter word.

  25. corrie says:

    oh wow that is the neatest and largest fabric stash I have seen on any blog! whoopee doo! let me at it! I’m soooooooo jealous! mine are stored in 2 large plastic containers…boring!

  26. Tara says:

    If you rub an dryer sheet on it while warm, it will take the build up off. with that must build up you will need to do it several times. Also if when applying interfacing to fabric put a paper towel between the interfacing/fabric and the iron, it will prevent the build up and will not affect the interfacing.

  27. brandy says:

    wooooww…..can I come over and play? That is a gorgeous wall o’fabric! Sounds like your are settling in good. 5 more weeks huh? Sounds like a good time for nesting and working on baby items. I’ll be moving this weekend so I’ll be joining you in the pleasure of emptying boxes and folding them flat!

  28. Sharon says:

    1. Uh… I am envious of your stash and your organized closet housing it! I should show my husband the picture and he will instantly appreciate that my stash is not like that… Actually there is no way to tell since it’s all tucked away in totes, but as far as he can tell…
    2. FIVE WEEKS?!?!?! Gotta see a belly shot! Oooh! I can’t wait for you!
    3. I had that problem with my iron and I stopped using it! Thanks for posing the question, now I know how to clean my iron!
    4. I can’t wait to see what you make for the baby’s room! Enjoy your sewing!

  29. mathaphobic says:

    Great room. Good luck with the projects. I’ve been lurking here awhile but never commented. You have a great site.
    Try ironing on wax paper. I’ve had some success with that.

  30. amy k. says:

    I have a great non-toxic iron cleaner that has lasted me years and I use it after every project. (usually) nothing like that gross stuff on muslin to make you swear! I have no idea where I got it.
    so how helpful is that? it is a paste. I know that. I will look for more details.

  31. laura says:

    So I’m not nuts! I tried the dryer sheet thing once and it melted onto my iron and I thought I must have just dreamed that tip up. So be careful with that one–I used a method brand sheet, maybe it’s made of something different since it’s “natural”? How much help is that? 🙂

  32. Lucy says:

    Too many posts to read them all but this tip was given to my by my Home Ec. Teacher years ago. To clean our Irons, she had us put an old cloth down on the ironing board, sprinkle a lot of salt on it, heat up the iron and iron over the salt to clean up the iron. It works everytime for me. Your craft room is really great. So tidy, wish mine were that clean!!

  33. Christina says:

    Glad to hear you’re finally taking it easy. When in June is junebaby’s due date? I’m due in September with my first. Can’t wait to see what you come up with for junebaby’s bedding. I’m sure it will be fabulous!

  34. emily says:

    I can second both the “iron salt” and the “rub baking soda” recommendation. These have both worked for me!

  35. Samantha says:

    The hot iron cleaner definitely works. Once you get the gunk off, use distilled water in it and be careful to let your starch soak into the fabric a little bit before hitting it with the iron. If you notice it starting to get a little gunky, usually getting it really hot and then ironing across a damp towel with some pressure will clean it off. I usually keep a hand towel around to do that on a regular basis.

  36. gena says:

    Great photos! I need to make an ironing board cover also. Amazing how no matter how mundane an object is, if it’s beautiful to look at it can make you smile – even an ironing board! Let us all know how it turns out.

  37. Jude says:

    I’m so clucky at the moment – I have some bump envy. I have read all the iron cleaning comments cause I have the same problem with my NEW iron.

  38. nicki says:

    I can’t believe only 5 wks to go!!!
    Go, take it easy :O)
    So envious of all that lovely fabric-lucky you. Oh and thanks for my Stitchettes/Spaceboy parcel, arrived yesterday, very speedy.

  39. Elizabeth says:

    Don’t know if this was already posted, but I have the same iron and I use “Bar Keepers cleanser. You can get it at Williams Sonoma if you can’t find it in your supermarket. Cheap and works like a dream!!!

  40. margie says:

    yep i am pleased to see your cupboard is stocked like mine… but yours is much neater.. thanks for asking about the iron cleaning tips it is good to hear what everyone uses.. margie

  41. Melissa says:

    Re: iron cleaning—the suggestions given are fine—I use steel wool—the key to the whole thing comes AFTER the cleaning—make sure you run your hot iron over some wax paper—it will allow the iron to glide over fabrics like new.

  42. Deb says:

    Love that fabric stash and your tidbits of info. I’m new here and just trying to catch up on what’s going on. PLEASE do not use any chemicals whilst pregnant! Stick with the natural stuff by all means. I bought a new iron from BB& Beyond, it’s a Black & Decker Digital Advantage and I love it (okay it’s not a super pro/expensive Rowena but it works darn well). Use their coupon too (they even take expired ones). I bought a colourful ironing board cover at Target and now my ugly one looks decent.
    Oh, although you have a son already, I wanted to tell you that I have three kids (22, 11 and 2). I only use unscented wipes and no powders or lotions. I use Jason bath and shampoo products from Whole Foods (lasts forever) and my son RARELY has a diaper rash or skin irritation. His skin is soooo soft and I think it’s because I don’t use all that chemical junk on him. I also use unscented laundry detergent and mild fabric softener (if any). Well I could go on and on but must get over to the passport office. Have a lovely day! Deb

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