I have started another group of cool ties
for servicemen and servicewomen in Afghanistan and Iraq
for the American Legion Auxiliary.
I should have started sooner....
as summer is already here, but better late than never.
I start with 17 yards of 45" wide
cotton unbleached woven Moda 200
which I dye with Tan Rit dye to a safer sand-colored one.
All 17 yards are ironed and ready for cutting.
Seven cuts 5" wide from selvedge to selvedge yield 7 Hugs.
Two 6 1/2" cuts from selvedge to selvedge
(and then cut into 14 - 6 1/2" squares)
become 7 Kisses.
Using scissors I round off the corners of the 160 - 6 1/2" squares.
Sew the Hugs along the long side from one end to the other.
Then at one open end roll the seam into the middle
and sew across it using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Using the piece of PVC pipe and dowel,
I turned the 80 Hugs inside out
and then pressed over the 1/4" seam allowance at the open end
and crimped folds 10" from the two ends.
The crimps are where I will sew
after the 1/2" teaspoon of Watersorb has been added.
I matched up two circles (Kisses),
sewed them together using a 1/4" seam allowance
but leaving a 1" opening for turning,
turned them inside out and pressed them
while tucking in the 1/4" seam allowances.
After adding 1/4 teaspoon of Watersorb,
I sew across the 1" opening to sew them shut.
instructions for soaking
and a Thank You for Your Service
are slipped into each snack baggie.
They are all ready for mailing.