Episode 36 – catch up: not the condiment

Here is a pic of my crafty thrifting haul.  The towel got all wrinkled when I washed it.  I can’t imagine it has never been washed before so I can only assume that is normal.  Did people iron their kitchen towels back in the day? 

$4.60 thrifting haul

Birthday booty (or is it bootie? I’m talking about pirate booty not butt booty):

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4 Responses to Episode 36 – catch up: not the condiment

  1. Colleen says:

    Yes, people did iron their tea towels back in the day. My mom gave us ironing lessons, starting with the tea towels and the pillowslips – when I was about 5. Once I mastered those, I moved onto my dad’s shirts.

    Recently, I have started ironing my cotton tea towels again. I don’t have that many and don’t use them that often, but I do always have one hanging in my kitchen, and they look nicer when ironed. I use Mary Ellen’s Best Press, and it’s actually a nice, zen-like thing to do.

  2. Pat V. says:

    I remember my grandma ironing the sheets. She had this pressing machine in her laundry room, about four feet wide (it was probably smaller than that, you know how everything from childhood is bigger in your memory). Anyway, she’d feed the sheets in and they’d come out all nicely flat! I thought it was the coolest thing, and I never saw one anywhere else!

  3. Lynne says:

    My mum stills irons hankies, teatowels, pillow cases, singlets, …

    My great aunt, who hailed from damp ol’ England, even ironed undies!

    I taught my then 4yo, now 25yo, DD to iron hankies but have long since given up ironing those things!

  4. NONNIE says:

    Downloading the episode so that I could listen to as I sew this afternoon. As to did we use to iron tea towels… my momma taught us to iron using flat items.. tea towels and pillow cases at the age of 7. Children back in the 50s and 60s were taught how to do all kind of household tasks as they were growing up. It was not considered child labor but part of Life’s learning process. By the time I was 12 I could and did run a home. ( My mom had a severe illness and was hospitalized for a very long time.) My first job paying was as a Momma’s Helper at the age of 14.

    When my mom worked at home she too iron the tea towels but all that stopped when she got a paying job outside the home. Also they started putting poly mix in fabrics… MADE THEM PERM -PRESS so they did not need to be ironed…. never mind they no longer absorbed water. Paper towels started being used more often for little spills. The stash of kitchen towels gradually declined.

    One popular household item was a MANGLE IRON which was use to press large flat fabrics. We had a used one that we had for about 10 years. When it died we did not get another.


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