I currently have cheesecloth that I am using. How do I figure out which type it is?
Take a piece of your existing cheesecloth and match it as closely as possible to the pictures provided above.
Get the number of strings per square inch by taking a piece of your existing cheesecloth and a measuring stick. Place the measuring stick horizontally on top of the existing cheesecloth and count the number of strings within one inch. Now turn the measuring stick vertically and count the number of strings within one inch. The two numbers you just counted should put you close to one of the weave count numbers (20x12, 20x16, 24x20, 28x24, 32x28, 40x32, 44x36) provided next to the photos above.
Bleached vs Unbleached Cheesecloth:
BLEACHED Cheesecloth is used extensively in the Food Service Industry for basting, straining, and filtering during food preparation processes. Bleached Cheesecloth has been processed to remove the impurities of natural cotton fibers such as seed particles and oils. Bleached Cheesecloth is processed to meet the medical-grade specification for non-sterile gauze products. Bleached Cheesecloth is NOT a CHLORINE BLEACH. Non-Chlorine Bleach does NOT contain chemical binders.
UNBLEACHED Cheesecloth is generally not used in food preparation as it is in a natural cotton state and has not been Bleached to remove the impurities. Too many cotton seeds and "pepper trash" in the material for use around food.
Cheesecloth Photos & Projects:
Claudia Lucero of Urban Cheesecraft moved to Portland, Oregon in search of a life that emphasized quality over quantity. She started pickling vegetables using a practice known as lacto-fermentation — acquiring produce from her local CSA and dairy whey in liquid form to preserve her shares. She soon realized that the dairy whey was, in actuality, a byproduct of making cheese.
Hot-tub Room (#90 Cheesecloth)
Hey guys, You asked for pictures. I'm really happy with how my hot-tub room turned out. I was going for a tropical mosquito-netting type of effect. No curtains were really working. Cheesecloth really turned out to be the answer! I think it looks great, plus I was able to return $200 dollars worth of curtains (that didn't really achieve the look I wanted) and replace them with about $30 worth of cheesecloth. I'm really thrilled I found you guys on the web.
Mary H. Thornquist
Bedroom curtains (#90 Cheesecloth)
Aloha Therese, Here are the shots of the bedroom curtains we put at the door made from the material we ordered from you. All the best,
Virginia and Candace
Cheesecloth Back Drop (#10 Cheesecloth)
Scenic and Light Design for Midsummer Night's Dream by Sandra Epperson. Sandhills Theatre Company, 2001
Spirit House Yoga (#60 Cheesecloth)
Hello, As promised, we are sending you photos of our yoga studio, decorated with a generous supply of the cheese cloth we bought from you. We used the cheese cloth on the ceiling, the end wall to hide an ugly steel door, and down the garage door to hide that too. On top of the shelving and on our alter. It's everywhere!
Photo Montage (#10 Cheesecloth)
by Angela Victor & Jeff Waring
Window Twinkle Tent (#60 Cheesecloth)
Supplies and Tools
Umbrella stand with stakes or weighted base
2 plaster pedestals
60 yards of cheesecloth
3 yards of taupe and white striped cotton fabric
17 yards of white twill tape
Eight 1 1/2"-diameter half-ball cover buttons from Dritz
Several long strands of miniature white lights
20-gauge stem wire in 15" to 18" pieces
Ceramcoat® acrylic paints in Sandstone, Burnt Sienna, Silver, and Boston Fern
Stencil Magic® paint cream in Dusty Rose, Pink Carnation, Charcoal Green, and Jungle Green
Silk flowers and vines
Spray acrylic sealer
Plastic twist tie
Cut two cheesecloth panels for each section of your umbrella. We cut sixteen 3-yard-long panels for our octagonal umbrella.
Measure the distance between the umbrella spines. For each side, cut a length of twill tape 2' longer. We cut eight 74"-long strips of tape.
Overlap two lengths of cheesecloth in the middle to make a panel wide enough to fit the space between the spines. At the top, fold the raw edge of the overlapped panel over 1/2" and zigzag to a length of twill tape, leaving a foot of tape loose at each end. Tie a knot in each loose end of tape to prevent unraveling. Repeat for each section of the umbrella.
To make the rosettes, cut eight 10" x 44" pieces of striped fabric. Fold each piece in half lengthwise, with right side out. Sew sides together by running a gathering stitch along the long raw edges. Pull up the thread to form a rosette circle from each strip. Stuff with polyester fiberfill.
Cover the buttons with striped fabric, following the manufacturer's instructions.
Cut eight 10" pieces of stem wire. Insert a piece of wire into each button shank. Bend wire in half and twist together to secure. Insert button through the hole in the rosette with wires going through rosette. Apply hot glue to backside of button to hold it in place. Repeat for remaining rosettes.
Measure diameter of pole and add 2". For the pole cover, cut two strips that are each 6" wide by 2 yards long, from striped fabric. Fold each strip in half lengthwise, with right sides facing.
Join edges and run a gathering stitch 1" from the raw edge. Gathering allows the fabric to grip the pole, preventing it from sliding off.
Check that the tube will fit on the pole. Loosely pull up gathering stitches. Secure thread. Trim excess fabric. Turn right side out. Repeat to make second tube.
Instant Festive Curtains
Replace your traditional window treatments with bright, fun and festive cheesecloth curtains. These no-sew, inexpensive curtains could be the perfect addition for your next party.
Dylon cold water fabric dyes
Clip-on curtain hooks
Interior Expressions rods and finials
Dye inexpensive cheesecloth bright colors for an instant no-sew window treatment.
Mount curtain rods according to instructions. You can mount these at the top of the window or lower to create cafe curtains.
Cut cheesecloth into strips to desired length. Note: Cindy Piccoli cut them longer than the window to allow them to "puddle" at the bottom.
Dye the cheesecloth strips according to the cold water dye package directions.
Allow fabric to dry.
Clip on cafe curtain hooks to the cheesecloth.
String curtains along rod and hang.
HALLOWEEN IDEAS USING CHEESECLOTH
Spooky Cheesecloth Window
Dress up your haunted house with these ragged, ghostly curtains that are sure to make any room creepier. It's scary how fun and easy they are to make!
Black spray paint
Make strong tea (4-6 tea bags in 4 cups water).
Soak cheesecloth in tea.
Allow cheesecloth to dry completely.
Lay cloth flat and use scissors to make random cuts in fabric to give a ragged look.
Use black spray paint to make random dirty spots on fabric. Spray outside to prevent overspray. Allow to dry.
Hang one piece of cheesecloth on each side of the window and drape the remaining piece across the top. Tape to curtain rod.
Mummy (#10 Cheesecloth)
Horrorfind Weekend Convention 2nd Place Winner!
Flying Skull Ghost (#60 Cheesecloth)
Beast (#40 Cheesecloth)
Life Size Flying Ghost Bride (#60 Cheesecloth)
Cheesecloth Back Drop (#90 Cheesecloth)
1 (12”x4”) styrofoam cone
1 (31⁄2”) styrofoam ball
2pcs. of 16 gauge 18” wire (white cloth-covered)
1 (3yd x 34”) pack of cheesecloth
1 bottle of fabric stiffener
1 white fabric fat quarter or plastic wrap
1 large bowl or bucket
Bottles, soda cans, candles, or anything round
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Hot glue the styro ball to the styro cone to form a head & body.
To create arms: bend 1 piece of 18” wire in half. Leave a small loop at the end. This loop will be the hand. Poke the ends of the wire into the styro cone where the arm should be. Repeat step for the other arm.
Wrap the arms with white fabric or plastic wrap. Cut the cheesecloth into 3 (1yd.) pieces. Pour fabric stiffener into a large bowl or bucket. Soak one piece of cheesecloth. Squeeze out excess. Carefully drape the cheesecloth over the head and body of the ghost. For best results drape the cloth at a diagonal angle. Repeat steps 5 & 6 until all of the cheesecloth has been used. Give the ghost a breezy feel by stretching the ends of the cheesecloth. Use some bottles, cans, or candles to curl the ends of the cloth upward and downward. Let this sit overnight. Once completely dry, the styro body and arms can be removed. The styrofoam body can also be left in the ghost to give a little extra support. Decorate the ghost with: raffia, ribbon, flowers, wiggle eyes, glow in the dark accents, etc. This ghost also looks great undecorated.
Christmas Angels & Halloween Ghost
LINIT® Starch OR LINIT® Starch-n-Crafts™ Stiffener
Accessories made from felt, ribbon or construction paper (lace, silk flowers, and other pretty items)
Empty paper towel roll, cut to the desired height
Ball or rolled up aluminum foil to size of head you want
Plastic drinking straws
Cut cheesecloth to desired size (depending upon the size figure you want to make). Pour LINIT® Starch into a clean basin or bowl. Immerse cheesecloth in starch and let soak for a few minutes. If using spray stiffener, spray heavily and let sit for a few minutes. Remove cheesecloth from starch, let excess starch drain back into the bowl. Place ball on top of paper towel roll for the head. Drape the cheesecloth over the form and arrange. Use straws to make arms for a ghost - or wings for an angel. Let dry. (May take overnight to dry completely). Remove straws and paper towel roll and the form will stand on its own. If you are making a ghost, glue decorations onto the white cheesecloth. If you are making an angel, you might want to spray the form gold before decorating.