Sewing Vintage: Spray Starch Recipe

Sewing with vintage sheets just feels good; the soft texture, pretty prints and knowing you are making a difference by using re-purposed textiles. It is a win-win-win!


Something I have noticed when sewing with vintage sheet fabric is that the 50% cotton 50% polyester content can be little fussy when ironing but there is a simple solution to that: spray starch.
I use a dry iron and spray bottle when I do my pressing. Recently I have begun using a home made spray starch and I love the way it gets my fabric flat when I am cutting or pressing. Plus it smells great thanks to the addition of a little bit of my favorite essential oil.

Take a few minutes and whip up a batch of spray starch, you seams will thank you for it.

Spray Starch Recipe
Supplies Needed:
Spray Bottle
Water
Corn Starch
Essential Oil

Add 1 1/2 Tablespoons corn starch into 3 1/3 cups warm water and add 3 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix thoroughly, water will be milky. Add to spray bottle and save the rest.
You will need to shake your spray bottle every so often when using the spray starch as the starch will settle out to the bottom once it has been sitting for a while.

Let me know what you do to get your seams to behave. Do you have a favorite starch you use or maybe a pressing board? What are your best vintage fabric sewing tips? Leave me a comment and share what works for you.