Have you been in the stores lately? I recently made a rare shopping trip into town. Some stores were better than others, but there were some real holes in shelves where products should be. Apparently toliet paper (TP) is an item that is stuck on a ship in some harbor. That being said, quilters and toliet paper crisis should not go together.
I can hear it from here – some of you are saying, “what is this crazy woman talking about? Of course the lack of TP on store shelves is a crisis!!!”
I personally have already solved the quilters & toliet paper crisis for my household.
Here is my take on this. Most quilters have lots of fabric that they consider ugly. Most quilters keep shoving it back farther on the closet shelves and hope it magically disappears.
Also we usually have enough muslin to make several backs of quilts.
In the spring of 2020 when the great Toliet Paper Crisis hit the US (world?) I was on a rare shopping trip to town with my hubby**. I stopped to see the fabric department – wow, what hit that area??
**My hubby likes to shop and does most of our household shopping. He is great at it too!
There was very little nice fabric to quilt with except for muslin. The worker told me the folks making masks had gotten all the nice or fun fabrics, leaving only the muslin and some really hideous stuff behind.
My hubby and I had already found out there was very limited TP supply in the stores he normally shops in. While I stood there in shock looking at the fabric department, I could hear grandma in my head.
Grandma was a great one for telling me to think of other alternatives. Make do. Create something good with what you have on hand.
The little light bulb in my head went off. Why couldn’t muslin be used for TP? We had a few rolls of TP at home, but how long would those last?
Long story short
I bought five yards of muslin. At home I washed and dried the muslin and cut a small part of it into 6″ squares. A small stack of 20 squares went into a basket by the toliet. There was already a trash can in the bathroom.
I used it as my private stash since this was still in the experiment stage. The muslin worked fine as TP. With this extra supply of product, we were able to have TP all thru the crisis.
A word of caution here – do not flush this fabric. It needs to go in the trash. I know some of you are saying that is not sanitary. Well honestly, neither is it sanitary to put pet poop or disposable diapers in the trash.
Quilters are creative
Here we are entering the 2021-22 winter and probably another TP crisis.
While cleaning my sewing room last week, I put all the muslin I found in a laundry basket. There are several yards. It is now washed, dried, and cut up ready to use.
As my daughter says, “better muslin than corn cobs or newspaper.” I agree.
For those of you who recycle, are frugal, or use what you have on hand, fabric may be the answer to the upcoming TP crisis.
So…in my head I do not see that quilters & toliet paper crisis go together at all.