Your handmade item was meticulously constructed with some serious TLC and should withstand a normal amount of wear and tear typical for a fabric item. Here are some tips for making your relationship with your new product a long and happy one.
Cotton and wool products can be sprayed with 3M Scotchgard Fabric and Upholstery Protector before use to help repel liquids and block stains. Please see the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use.
Got a wrinkle in your fabric? Your product is ironed before it’s shipped but may incur a few creases while in transit. Please follow these tips to straighten things out.
- Use your iron’s medium heat setting.
- Iron fabric from the wrong side (the back of the material), if possible
- Cover the area to be ironed with a damp pressing sheet (especially for corduroy) and iron away.
- DO NOT
- Do NOT iron any vinyl portions of your item.
- Do NOT iron any nylon portions of your item (e.g. webbing straps, key tethers).
- Do NOT iron over any hardware on your item (e.g. snaps, key hooks, zippers, buttons).
If the area that needs to be ironed has embroidery or other applique, iron it from the opposite side of the embellishment if possible. Otherwise, be sure to iron with a pressing sheet and do not iron directly.
Seam ends are always back-stitched, but threads will still occasionally come loose. If you see a thread dangling loose, resist that urge to yank it out. Instead, tie a knot at the base of the thread and carefully snip it off close to the fabric with a pair of sharp pointed-tip scissors.
Dirt and stains
Not that you would ever put your product in the path of dirt, but should your item become soiled, follow these tips to return the sparkle to it!
Small stains: Spot clean the smudge using a gentle detergent (such as Woolite) and a soft toothbrush to lightly scrub the smudge. Rinse with water and press dry with a dry towel. Hang to dry.
All-over issues: Except for dry clean only fabrics, all fabrics have been pre-washed to allow the entire item to be hand or even machine washed.
- Handbags, pouches and wristlets: I still strongly suggest you follow the instructions above and wash the bag by hand, to better protect the structure of – and any embellishments on – your bag. If you must machine wash, zip your bag into a mesh laundry bag, set the machine to gentle cycle and wash in cold water. Hang to dry.
- Throw pillows: Throw pillows with wool felt appliques should be spot cleaned to avoid minor shrinkage and/or fuzzing of the wool felt. Those without appliques may be machine washed in cold water and dried in low heat, preferably inside-out to reduce wear.
Still have questions? Please feel free to contact me.