I tested for you: the tawashi

I tested for you: the tawashi

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I would have been told that tomorrow I would do the dishes and clean up with my old clothes, I would have found it hard to believe! And yet, this is what I tested for you: making a tawashi. A small colorful and homemade dishcloth, which changes the gloom of the yellow and green sponge!

Tawashi: what is it?

Originally from Japan, the tawashi is a small handmade, ecological and economical dishcloth or sponge. Made by knitting, crochet or weaving, there are several forms and ways to make it. Here's how to make a tawashi and give your old t-shirts a second life!

The material to make a tawashi

- a wooden board - 20 large nails - a hammer - old long-sleeved t-shirts, leggings or tights - a ruler - a pencil - a pair of fabric scissors Budget: around 10 € Duration: 30 minutes

The steps to create a tawashi

1. To begin, make the loom. Draw a square 14 cm side, marking the points at 3cm, 5cm, 7cm, 9cm and 11cm.

2. Plant 5 nails on each side, where you scored the points. Your loom and ready!

3. Cut the arms or legs of your clothes to get 10 strips of fabric about 2-3cm wide. You can take the opportunity to associate the colors that you like.

4. Place a first row of bands on the loom.

5. Place the second row, perpendicular to the first, while weaving. A stroke above, a stroke below, alternating.

6. Pass the first stitch (at the corner of the square) in the second. Then pass the second stitch in the third and so on, as if to finish a knitting.

7. Once the round is over, you only have one stitch left, which will allow you to hang your tawashi on your tap, for example. There is no need to tie a knot.

8. There you go! Your tawashi is ready.

Verdict: tawashi, a practical and versatile sponge!

Very practical for cleaning, the tawashi is versatile and can be used for dusting as well as for cleaning the bathroom. For washing dishes, this recuperated sponge also works very well. Beware, however, of very dirty dishes: you must clean all the mesh of the tawashi afterwards! Vary the materials (tights, synthetic or cotton t-shirts, etc.) according to your uses. An old pantyhose will provide a more practical tawashi for scratching.