Today I was in the market to buy more of Mary Ellen's Best Press for ironing my fabric. I used half a bottle last night on my fabrics for the Kim Diehl workshops. After forgetting to look for it the FIRST time I went to Joann's today, I doubled-back and you know what??? They didn't carry it in the store but had it online. Hmmpph!
So what do you think I did next???? I looked for it online! I discovered something MUCH better than a source for Best Press -- I discovered a RECIPE for it! Here it is:
3 oz. Vodka (I chose a potato based one thinking it might be more starchy, not sure there)
24 oz. Distilled Water
Several drops of essential oils (I choose to use some scented pressing water I got at Costco years ago)
Mix all three ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. Shake each time before spraying to mix it all up.
Let's think about the cost here -- cheap bottle of Vodka ($15), gallon bottle of distilled water ($1.35), fragrance (nil). That comes out to $1.77 in vodka, 25¢ in distilled water, and negligible fragrance for a grand total of $2.02 for 27 ounces of imitation Best Press. Hmmm, I paid $7.95 the other day for a 16 ounce bottle. Momma didn't raise no dummy.
Now I know what you're thinking -- but does it really work??? I pressed one large piece of wrinkled cotton fabric and it turned out great, maybe not quite as stiff as the 'real' Best Press, but great nonetheless. Next I pressed a fat quarter of fabric with half 'real' and half 'recipe' Best Press. Again, maybe the 'real' side was a bit stiffer but actually I think I might like the results on the 'recipe' version better.
If you give it a try let me know what you think. Maybe I need a bit more vodka in it. I know the brand I bought will never be going down my hatch!