Frequently Asked Questions Include:
Q: How do I care for my hankies?
A: Hankies are easy! Just throw in with your wash as usual, that’s what we do with ours! Then we usually let them air dry after straightening them back out with our hands. They will do fine in the dryer, but we recommend not overdrying them as this can damage the flannel’s fluffy softness quicker. All the fabrics are preshrunk, but if your hanky seems any smaller after wash it may be from heat, you can smooth them out with your hands to regain their original shape. We have founds lots of great tips on the internet about how to care for fabrics delicately, or naturally, or for stain removal, etc.
All the fabrics used in Pocket Rags have been pre-washed in fragrance free, natural plant based wash soaps and dried to pre-shrink. They are made in our home sewing studio in our clean, smoke/pet/fragrance free environment.
Q: A kid makes these?
A: Yes, Jori sews these up! He’s still a pre-teen, and he’s not on Social Media by himself yet, so he gets his mom to help him navigate all the internet stuff as well as help with some of the harder stuff to do with running your own business until he’s ready or old enough to take it all on on his own! He, however, has a hand in every aspect of the business and always has. He buys all his own materials, pays for all business expenses. He helps prep the fabrics, does the dyeing, then he sews the hankies up, then does his own quality control before each hanky is packaged up. He does the shipping and handling stuff for all the online orders, too. He may not post stuff online yet, but he sets up all the photo shoots, set up his website, and is learning about marketing, promotion, and this new world of social media. This venture has been an awesome learning experience as he navigates through the process of entrepreneurship by creating, producing, and then trying to get his product out there in case anyone wants to try it!
Q: Composting Fabric?
A: Yes, you can compost these. The best way to do this after they are really not usable for anything after a while, (but rags are so useful!), is to shred or cut these into as small pieces as you are willing, and bury them in your compost. They are 100% organic cotton so over time they will be back to the soil!
A: Shibori is a traditional Japanese method of dyeing fabric. Jori was inspired off of this and we found that Pocket Rags were a great way for him to experiment with something he has always wanted to try, which is natural dyeing. So far he has tried colors with espresso, turmeric, charcoal, spirulina, blackberries, and onion skins. Some have been more successful than others, but it is always a magical experience to see how it will all come out in the end.
Please contact us with any other questions you may have!