Dear Heloise: I need the guidelines on how to make pot scrubbers from nylon netting. I first saw your instructions in our local newspaper, the (Somerset, Pa.) Daily American, but misplaced the paper. Could you repeat the instructions? Janet K., Somerset, Pa.
Janet, these nylon-net pompoms are just super to scrub things and so easy to make. Here's what you'll need to make one nylon-net scrubber:
U1/2 yard of 72-inch-wide nylon net (found at fabric shops)
Ustrong nylon thread or dental floss
First, cut the nylon net into three 6-inch-by-72-inch strips.
Second, lay the three strips on top of each other evenly, then take the needle threaded with nylon thread or dental floss and begin sewing down the middle (lengthwise) using long basting stitches.
Third, when done, hold the thread in one hand and pull back on the nylon net to form a ball.
Fourth, secure the ball by wrapping the ends of the thread around its center and knotting tightly, then trim off the thread ends.
Fifth, pull apart the layers of nylon net to fluff, and you now have a scrubber that's ready to use! Heloise
Dear Heloise: After attending an outdoor party, my leather jacket continued to smell like smoke from the bonfire. I remembered your suggestion to use newspaper to absorb odors. I placed the jacket, newspapers and two dryer sheets in an airtight plastic bag, and after a couple of days, no more smoke odor! Thank you! Lucille Armitage, San Antonio
Dear Heloise: It would be nice if someone would come out with a ready-tied, snap-on scarf (like the clip-on ties for men). I am a woman who has no talent for tying a scarf.
A beautifully tied scarf adds so much to a woman's outfit. I really wish that I had several and would gladly purchase them if they were available. Mary R., Troy, Ala.
Dear Heloise: During the era of high-tech and new gadgets, this is a new wrinkle in getting sewing patterns straight on the fabric. My baby sister purchased laser-light levels for herself and for me during a sale. I thought she meant for me to give it to my husband, but she told me it was for me!
She suggested using it to shine the beam of light down the center of the fabric, then centering the pattern accordingly. Kay Guthrie & amp; Jane Neal, Huntsville, Ala.
New gadgets are terrific, and I'm sure they have even more uses to be discovered. If you have found another unique use for them, write to me: Heloise/Laser, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or send an e-mail to Heloise@Heloise.com. Heloise
Dear Heloise: Another use for those sticky lint rollers: Keep one on the sewing table to pick up all those loose strands of fabric and pieces of thread. Just roll it over the table, your lap or fabric. Kay Eidem, Excelsior, Minn.
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