Pot scrubbers are one of those necessities that are often overlooked when purchasing groceries or setting up house. There are many ways to make your own handmade pot scrubbers from nylon materials that you may already have around the house or that can be purchased at fabric stores. Nylon pot scrubbers can be made with minimal sewing skills or improvised by tying instead of sewing.
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Nylon Produce Bags
Recycle nylon mesh produce bags into useful pot scrubbers. Nylon produce bags can be found on onions, potatoes, apples, oranges and many other fresh fruits and vegetables. Cut any metal clips or attachments from three or four nylon produce bags. One end of each bag needs to be closed. If you have to cut metal clips from both ends, tie a knot in one end so there is only one opening to the bag. Roll the opening of one bag down toward the bottom of the bag. Repeat for the other bags. Nest the rolled bags together. Use a needle and nylon thread or nylon fishing line to sew through the centre of the rolled bags, joining the bags together. Sew the rolled bags together in an X pattern, with the centre of the rolls being the centre of the X.
Use nylon tulle purchased on the spool in strips or cut tulle in 4-inch wide by 12-inch long strips. Fold each strip in an accordion fold, most often referred to as a fan fold. Stack three folded strips together, holding the folds tight. Use a needle and nylon thread or nylon fishing line to sew through the top folds of the stacked together fan-folded nylon tulle strips. If you have crocheting skills, there are many crochet patterns available to crochet pot scrubbers using nylon tulle strips. Crocheted nylon tulle pot scrubber patterns are available in various designs and styles.
Nylon Mesh Fabric
Nylon mesh fabric is sold at craft, fabric and sporting good stores for used in outdoor clothing, tents, furniture and other camping supplies. Use an 8-inch diameter circle template or trace around an 8-inch diameter pan or container lid onto paper to create your own template to use to cut four circles from nylon mesh fabric. Stack the fabric circles on top of each other. Thread a needle with nylon thread, embroidery floss or nylon fishing line. Make a stitch through the circles in one spot near the edge to secure the thread. Sew the nylon mesh circles into a fabric yo-yo, pulling the thread tight to gather the pot scrubber in the centre. Sew through the centre of the yo-yo, sewing about five or six stitches, to secure the thread.
Scrubbers with Handles
Some pot scrubbers are more efficient if they are constructed with an attached handle for easier gripping. Use a short-handled wooden kitchen spoon to make a pot scrubber handle. Insert the spoon part of the wooden spoon into the centre of a nylon mesh fabric yo-yo before pulling the yo-yo centre tight. Pull the thread tight so the yo-yo gathers around the handle of the wooden spoon. Sew around the handle, in and out of the nylon mesh fabric, to secure the scrubber to the wood handle.
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