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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Can You Wash Craft Felt?

Craft felt is known for being incredibly delicate. But there's no reason you can't wash it!

By: Toby Kuhnke, Editor, FaveCrafts.com
Can You Wash Craft Felt

Felt is great for all kinds of crafts, but as with many crafts, felt crafts can get dirty over time. Felt in particular is very succeptable to staining and absorbing odor. But can you wash craft felt?

The answer is yes, but proceed with caution!

If you work with craft felt a lot, you know that felt is incredibly delicate. We highly suggest handwashing your felt, but it is possible to machine wash it, if done properly.

Pro Tip: If you are working on a project with craft felt that you think might need to be washed in the future, consider prewashing it by soaking it in warm, soapy water. This will bind the fibers close together, so you don't have to worry about that happening when you wash it later.

How to Hand Wash Felt

We highly recommend using the hand washing method for felt, especially for those projects that have sentimental value. Yes, it's a little bit more work, but hand washing gets felt just as clean as machine washing but without the risk of ruining the fabric.

  1. Fill your sink or tub with cold water and detergent.
  2. Completely submerge the felt.
  3. Let the felt soak in the water for a few minutes, working out the stains with your fingers.
  4. Use a soft toothbrush to lightly scrub out the tougher stains.
  5. Wring the felt completely. Felt absorbs water easily, and if you do not wring it out, it will trap that water in its fibers, causing mold to grow.
  6. Let it air dry!

How to Machine Wash Felt

While machine washing is not the best way to wash your felt, it is still possible if you proceed with caution. Machine washing felt is probably better saved for large batches of felt, where you don't have to worry as much about the water overfilling.

  1. Machine wash with cold water on a delicate cycle.
  2. Make sure the machine does not fill all the way with water. Too much water can ruin the felt and alter its shape. You want the water to just cover the felt.
  3. Run the felt through the entire washing cycle.
  4. Air dry. Do not put felt in the dryer!

Do you have any tips or tricks for washing craft felt?
Let us know in the comments!

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