I have yet to determine why so many washcloths and dishcloths seem to fray at the edges, long before they are truly worn out. (Am I the only one who has this problem?) And I can’t bear the thought of throwing them out, or even the idea of tossing them in the rag pile, when they are still only slightly worn. It only takes a few minutes–and beginner’s sewing skills–to make them good as new.
Here’s my fix: I just run them through my serger, allowing the blade to cut off the frayed edges as the machine finishes the edge properly. If you only have a “regular” sewing machine, it takes only a bit longer to trim the frayed edge off with scissors before finishing off the rough edge with a zig-zag stitch. That’s it!
If you don’t have access to a serger or sewing machine, or if you don’t have sewing experience, try bartering skills with a friend. (I’ve often helped my friends with sewing projects, while they helped with my daily work or simply played with my children!)
Just a few minutes of your time will extend the life of those frayed washcloths and dishcloths–and help your pocketbook at the same time!