You Can Really Machine Wash Leather It looks like Serene might be taking a break from blogging but this post is still a marvel.
I wasn't ready to throw a vintage Coach purse into my washing machine but I did pull out my Murphy's Oil Soap to try an experiment.
|Would you wash leather skins?|
You see, a few years ago I got caught up in my usual Patternreview and blog frenzy. Several terrific sewists made beautiful leather skirts, purses and jackets and I thought I might join the crowd. I was
|Left side the strip I washed and let dry flat overnight.|
|Maybe a slight "crackling" on the finish on the left side piece of leather|
I cut off a long strip and tossed it into the sink with half a capful of Murphy's Oil sol, warm water and swished like crazy. No baby blue in the water and that skin was totally wet and sudsy. Rinsed it then blotted it dry with a towel, again no dye run off, and I let it dry flat overnight. I did not precisely measure the piece but it seems not to shrink with the hand washing.....a machine might be different, of course. The pearlized finish is slightly crackled but other than that the leather looks virtually the same washed or unwashed.
Wow, this opens up some interesting ideas for my wardrobe while still keeping it hand washing friendly. I don't mind dry cleaning my lined jackets but since I prewash almost all of my fabrics, I'd like the option of delicate washing them at home after sewing them up.
No immediate plans for this leather but it's nice to know that my options have expanded thanks to some new knowledge. Have you ever washed weather garments or purses?
In more directly sewing related news from the "studio" I also stitched up a few of these quick items after that detailed dress work. DO you know what they are?
Yes, these tubes will become pillowcases for Rhonda's pillowcase drive. Rhonda's Creative Life
She's doing a great kindness by harnessing the power of her blog to get sewists across the country assembling pillowcases for charity. Bravo to her and bravo to all of you who give your time and energy to any good cause.