Monday, November 24, 2008

Knitted Animation

Here's a short animated film you have to check out!

Knitted Animation

Saturday, November 1, 2008

And the winner is.................

I hope people are taking the time to read through the entries for the halloween contest, some of them are really awesome ideas. Of course halloween is over for this year but youcould use them next year.

The winner is Cindy and her entry read:

My favorite Halloween costume that I made for my daughter was her spider costume... I used and old black sweatshirt. I attached 3 legs to each side (stuffed and wired with shaped coathanger). I attached each leg to each other so when she raised her arm all 4 of her legs raised together on each side... She wore that costume for all her parties and trick or treating and in 2 parades the following year!!!!! I guess she liked it!!!LOL...

Cindy left me no way to get in touch with her, so Cindy, please contact me at debsstuff55 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Friday, October 10, 2008

Halloween Contest

In all the years of raising kids I think I only bought actual Halloween costumes once or twice. I considered them a great waste of money. I sewed costumes once or twice, but usually I made them up from stuff I had around the house. The one I remember most clearly was when my guys (now both 6' tall and in college) were preschoolers and I hadn't come up with anything by Halloween. I grabbed two of my shirts, one red, one orange, put them on the boys, and stuffed them with pillows. Then I used green construction paper and cut out leaf shapes. They went trick or treating as a pumpkin and a tomato! They were pretty young or I probably would have heard lots of complaints with that one.

So for the contest, I want to hear about costumes you've made from stuff around the house. Just leave a comment (with a way to contact you, blog, Ravelry ID or whatever) about your Halloween costume past or present. To earn another entry, link to this post from your blog or site.

The prize will be a knitting bag (like one of my green bags) and three skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn. There's two skeins of Holly and Ivy varigated and one Ranch Red which matches the Holly and Ivy. If you don't knit or crochet, I can do fabric instead, I'm flexible!

Contest ends (when else?) October 31st

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I Know This is Way Overdue

Here are some of the ideas on what to do with the tops of the T-shirts.

Jennifer says:
How about using the neck ribbing for baby bibs or adult bibs made with towels that slip over the head.

Knitting Rose's idea is:
You can sew up the neck, arm holes & bottom - fill with rice and use as microwavable heating pads. We do this with our old t-shirts (I use the bottoms of them for rags). They fit across the back of your neck and shoulders and hold the heat well.

Turtle said:
stuff them and making pillows or quilts

Marilynart's idea is:
I have slipped this sort of thing over a coat hanger to secure dresses with spaghetti straps.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Gift Bows from Magazines

This is an awesome way to use those colored pages from your magazines. Make your own gift bows to decorate your packages.

Gift Bows Tutorial

Sunday, August 17, 2008

OK, I'm Stuck for Ideas

I've used a bunch of T-shirts for cat beds and T-shirt yarn and, since I cut the T-shirts right under the armholes for both of these, I have a bunch of tops left over. Does anyone have any great ideas to make something out of these??? I'd be happy to give anyone who comes up with a useable idea one of my green bags! Just leave a comment with your idea and email me at debsstuff55 (at) yahoo (dot) com with your address.
I'm getting good ideas but no one seems to want my green bags. Please send your name and address if you've left a comment.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Scraps and a T-shirt Make a Cat Bed

One of my readers sent in an idea for making pet beds from pillowcases and fabric and yarn scraps. Since I didn't have any old pillowcases sitting around but did have some old T-shirts, I decided to use that instead. It also works well since you can use a hanger and hang it up in a convenient place. The first step is to sew the bottom of the shirt closed. Hang it up and start collecting scraps of fabric and yarn. When it is about halfway up to the underarms, cut right below the sleeves, turn the edges under and sew closed. That's it, you now have a bed pillow for your cat or small dog.

Here's my baby Sammi enjoying her new bed. I made one for each of my cats and will be making more for my daughter's cats and my sons' cats. After that I'll start making them to give to animal shelters.
Someone asked me how they washed since shelters wash the bedding frequently so I threw them in the wash and they went through just fine. came out all fluffy.

Make Money for Your Charity With Trash

I just found a company that will make donations to your charity for your trash! They collect certain items (cookie wrappers, juice pouches etc.) and turn them into other items. All of their products are 100 % recycled. You can buy their products at places like Walgreens, Office Max and Home depot. So check it out and look for their products at your local stores to support their recycling effort.



Friday, August 8, 2008

Denim for Quilting

Last month I showed you my pile of denim that I was going to use in some projects, it wasn't a whole lot and didn't take up a lot of space in my craft room so after I wrote the article I put it away and forgot about it. Then my daughter came over with an armful of worn out jeans from my beautiful but very active grandsons. I was already in the process of working on a string quilt which I talked about on my charity blog and suddenly had an idea. I didn't have enough squares for what I was planning but had more than enough if I set them with denim squares in between. It isn't finished yet but when it is I'll post another picture.

Friday, August 1, 2008

My Favorite Ebay Seller Just Opened a New Store

I've talked before on my other blog about my favorite Ebay seller. One of the reasons (other than the fact she's a really nice person) that she's my favorite is that she sells a lot of stuff for me. She has recently started a new store called Toni's Craft Room. Please take a minute to check out her store, she has lots of great patterns and is adding more every day. Hmmmm, while your there don't forget to check out the knit and crochet books.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Blue Jeans Bags

Several of the contest entries talk about turning jeans into handbags or totes. Rather than pick and choose I'm going to post all of them so you can decide how you would like to do yours:
Karen O. says: "I cut the legs off just below the butt. I left enough of the legs to turn the edges under twice to keep the edges from fraying and sewed them shut. From the legs I cut off, I made two long handles so I could sling the bag over my shoulder. I used a length of cotton rope as a "belt" to tie the bag shut."
Turtle says: "Took an old pair of jeans (smile, they were too big for me!) and cut them so that the top area with pockets etc would be the inside sides of the bag. Then with some funky heavy duty fabric i made the outer lining and used the jeans to also make the strap. I used a heavy cardboard for the bottom with more of each fabric to cover it."
Deborah M says: "I cut the pockets out leaving 1 inch of fabric from the jeans still attached to the pockets around 3 sides. The part of the jeans that is on the inside of the pocket is cut out very close to the seams of the pocket. Then I take a long, wide strip from the pant leg to make the handle and base of the purse. I fold the strip in half and with fabric glue I glue the strap to the excess fabric of the pocket starting at the top of one side of a pocket all the way around leaving a good amount for the handle and then around to where I started...I attach the beginning and the end and then I do the other side making sure the pockets are even with each other and there you have it...a denim pocket purse."
ronsmysharona says: "Of course we use the old 60's trick of turning our favorite pair of worn out jeans into purses, but what to do with the legs? They make GREAT all-purpose bags for camping gear. My partner calls them 'ditty bags' and uses them for just about anything he wants to keep together but still portable. Just cut pant legs the length you want, sew the bottom, and put a drawstring casing around the top, put in drawstring and you're done! If you lost or tore your tent bag, cut the pant leg a little longer and it makes a great tent bag."

Saturday, July 19, 2008

More Projects from Button Shirts

I found this great article on recycling button shirts. What makes it really great of course, is that she highlights my knitting bag. So take a minute and pop on over and check it out.


Monday, July 14, 2008

Making Family Heirlooms

I absolutely love this idea sent in by one of my readers in my latest contest. My wedding gown was lost years ago when my basement was flooded but If I still had it I'd consider doing this.

Katie says:
"About 10 yrs ago I took my wedding gown and made squares out of it and made 3 sml quilts for my 3 kids. They came out very nice. I thought it was better to use it than keep it in my closet. It made some nice keepsakes for my kids."

Thursday, July 10, 2008

25 Reasons

Here's a link that will show you twenty five reasons to use reuseable shopping bags.

25 Reasons

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Win my Knitting (Crocheting) Bag

I love having the contests, I especially like reading all the entries. Since I'm going to be home for awhile with my broken wrist I wanted to have another one but I am unable to sew or crochet anything. I was going to keep this knitting bag I made out of a shirt (instructions here) but decided to offer it as a prize. (yarn and needles not included)
All you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling me about how you made or would like to make something out of something else. Like I made a knitting bag out of a shirt. The contest will end July 31st.
I have not heard from my last contest winner, Margaret if you are reading this, please email your address to debsstuff55 at yahoo dot com.

Monday, July 7, 2008

How Green Was My Week

Well, to start with, I've saved a lot of gas by not going to work since I broke my wrist but I don't think that counts. Before that happened I wasn't doing that well with driving slower, my speed kept creeping up on me when I was driving longer distances. I had a really busy week workwise and I think it affected my driving.

I replaced another lightbulb with a compact flourescent, I should just break down and buy enough to replace them all, but I've just been replacing them as they burn out. These are the bulbs the apartment came with and I hate throwing them away while they're still good.

I did make the tutorial on turning a shirt into a bag. I'm hoping that will get others thinking about how they can recycle instead of throw away. Actually, I'm hoping this whole blog can inspire many more people and get them going green too, that may be my biggest contribution this week.

Denim Kitchen Accessories

One of the projects I was going to work on soon, before I broke my wrist, was to make potholders out of old blue jeans. In the picture above are the jeans I am going to be recycling. As you can see I've already cut out some squares. I was going to do another tutorial and the whole bit, so for now your going to have to settle for some links. I've searched out not only potholders but other kitchen accessories so you can have your own denim kitchen.

I Love Freecycle!

If you don't Freecycle you should! Freecycle is all about giving and getting free stuff that might otherwise end up in the landfills. The pictures above show some of the yarn and fabric I received from fellow freecyclers. I have also given away my sons old bunk beds and a microwave through Freecycle. The movement is nationwide but run locally. To find a group near you click this link.

Using Grape Boxes for Holding Yarn

Yes, I said grape boxes. You know the kind, plastic, with lots of holes to keep the grapes fresh. They're a great way to keep the yarn balls your working with from rolling across the floor. They also keep my cats from unwinding the balls in wonderful patterns all over my living room. Any plastic container with holes that's large enough will work but I find the 2 lb. grape size is just right for a lot of my projects. The large flat ones strawberries come in are great when your working with two or three small skeins. I really like using them when i'm making something that I have to hold several strands together, it works great, the yarn feeds out through the holes in the box with no fuss

Repurposing Yarn from Old Sweaters

I originally posted this on my other blog last year but thought it bore repeating here.
In the picture above is what remains of two sweaters I've been unraveling (aka frogging) for yarn. The hat is one I made out of the yarn from the dark sweater. It's hard to see the colors but that sweater had large blocks of 4 different dark colors, using three of these held together I made the hat on a knitting loom.I am a devotee of recycling and thrift shops and am always looking to save money. It takes some time to unravel a sweater but it takes time to earn the money for yarn too. Where I live we have a thrift shop where you can buy a brown shopping bag full for $3. I can fit 6 or more sweaters in the bag and I get a lot of yarn from these sweaters.This link will take you to a site that explains how to do it better than I could. Read it before you go out to buy because not all sweaters are suitable. Then go looking, you can find some awesome yarns if you keep an eye out for the right sweaters!!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

More Plarn Patterns

I spent a lot of time today looking for patterns other than totes and handbags using plarn. I didn't find much. I guess I'm going to have to start experimenting as soon as my arm heals up. i did find these though:

This dishcloth has a plarn scrubbie in the middle
Sunshine Dishcloth with Scrubbie

and a nice little mat
Plastic Bag Doormat Rug

An accessory bag for your solar dryer
Clothes Pin Bag

And a small bag for gifts
Plarn Gift Bag

Using Brown Paper Shopping Bags

OK so you forgot your reusable bags the last time you went to the store and opted for paper rather than plastic. Now what are you going to do with them? Here's a few ideas:

I've got to try this one, I think my cats would love it!
Make your own Kitty Condo

Some Christmas crafts
Christmas Tote Bag Craft
Recycled Brown Paper Bag Christmas Place Mat

And Gift Wrap and Bags
Wrapping Paper
Gift Bags

Making Your Own Recycled Paper

Even if I can't do any crafting with a broken arm, I can still do some research and bring you some great ideas to inspire you to reduce, reuse, recycle. It's kind of hard for me to type with only one hand but I'm getting better at it already.

I have always wanted to try to make my own paper but have never gotten around to it. The links I found use all kinds of things to make paper out of. The more I read the more I want to try it!

Here's the links:


From old newspaper

From scrap paper

From old jeans

Wrapping paper from jeans

From straw

From plants

From the garden

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Ideas from My Readers

You remember that barbeque I mentioned in my last post? Well, it was also my grandson's birthday. Which has very little to do with what happened. as I was getting ready to leave, I fell on my daughters back steps and broke my wrist. So, no more crafting for me for awhile. What I am going to do here, though is go through the comments and copy and paste some of the good ideas my readers have mentioned.

On using plarn, Kathie says: "have made mats to clean your feet on, scrubby pads for washing dishes, market bags, and more."

On driving Cay says"If I have several stops to make, I try to make a circle and that takes me out and brings me home again." and Kelly says "I went out and picked myself up a new backpack and put air in my bike tires. Now if it is just a quick trip in town (I live in a fairly small one) I take my bike and leave the car at home. I've also slowed down the same way you have."

Linda's idea for using plastic bottles " I was given a large terra cotta pot for flowers recently. They get heavy once you fill them with soil so, I plan on taking some plastic bottles I found and filling up half the large pot with them. Then I'll fill up the rest of the pot with soil. This is a good way to reuse those plastic bottles and will make it easier on the back when moving that pot around."

Quiltmac says "My personal "green" thing is using vinegar instead of chemical weed killer. It's wonderful especially on a hot sunny day, cooks those weeds!!!"

Jen's green thing "I stopped buying bottled water in bottles, now buying it in the Gallon size and using a sports thermos for my water all day. Not only am I going green, but I'm saving a little bit of money too."

Sonya has a good idea too "I like to stuff the toys I knit with plastic bags. It gives them a great crinkly sound. I does make them surface washable only."

On other ideas for brown paper bags from Libby "I use the paperbags for draining grease off of thing that I have deep fried, THe brown bags can also be cut up for wrapping paper or put down for a weed barrier"

Do you have an idea you would like to share? Just leave a comment!

Green Grocery Bags Given Away #27-50

27. KnittingRose from contest #1
28. Deb in Kansas from second contest
29. Kim Lincoln in second contest

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Contest Winners and New Contest

The contest is now closed, my grandson, who turns 8 tomorrow, picked the winner and the winner is:


There is one slight problem though, while at the birthday party today, I feel down my DD's back steps and broke my wrist. It might be a little while till I can make the bag. lol But you will get it. So margaret, please contact me at tha email below.

OK this one is going to be a quickie because I'll be back home Saturday and that's when it's going to end. Only one bag will be up for grabs this time, I haven't had much of a chance to sew, they've been keeping me busy at work. Tell me why you either don't use your own bags when you go shopping or about the last time you had to use paper or plastic if you do usually use them.

The winners to the last contest were:

1. Poolesd
2. Deb in Kansas
3. Kim Lincoln

The winners for the first contest who have not contacted me yet are:


Please email me at debsstuff55 at yahoo dot com with your address so I can send you your bag.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Purse from Juice Boxes

A purse from juice boxes?? I couldn't believe it either when I saw it. I also saw a green grocery bag made out of juice boxes for sale. They wanted almost $40 for it but then I found these directions to make bags and purses and figure we can adapt them to make any size.

Juice Pouch Lunch Bag

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Brown Paper Mailers

The question is, what do you do with all those paper bags you acquired before you started using green bags? I can't take credit for this idea, someone sent me some crocheted squares for a charity project I was working on in a mailer like this. I recycle most of the mailers and boxes I receive things in (some can't be "saved") simply be blacking out addresses, tearing off lables and writing the new addresses on the back. Often, I still don't have enough so I decided to make some out of brown paper shopping bags.

First cut down one side and cut off the bottom and spread out.
They're going to be folded in half so decide how big you want your mailer to be. I'm going to be using them to mail out my green bags. It would kind of be wrong to use new mailers to mail these out, don't you think?
Fold them in half, then using a wide zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, sew down the two sides, leaving one side open.
Put your items in the mailer and sew up the last side (be sure you don't sew the items your mailing... LOL). Address and mail!!

Cassette Tape Crocheting

I haven't done it yet but I've seen the patterns for crocheting with cassette tapes. One of my readers asked what you could make using the tape so I did a search and found these, but use your imagination I'm sure there's a lot more that can be made with it.

Cassette Tape Evening Bag

Cassette Tape Barbie Halter Dress

IPod Cozy

And to use the empty cases (LOL)
Cassette Tape Wallet

Monday, June 23, 2008

Another Contest!!

Contest is closed, th winners are:
1. Poolesd
2. Deb in Kansas
3. Kim Lincoln

Please email me at debsstuff55 at yahoo dot com with your address so I can send you your bag.

OK, I'm going to do it again. I have three more green grocery bags to give away! All you have to do is leave a comment, then come back here next Weds. (July 2nd) to see if you've won. I have only heard from one of the winners from the last contest and really want to give these away so check back to see if you've won.
Now all you have to do is comment but I would love to hear what you've done recently to go green.
In case you didn't read the comments from the last contest here is a sampling of quotes about using fabric grocery bags from my readers:
"my mom and I use (9) reusable bags for our groceries and use at other stores too"
" I have read a lot recently on the damage plastic bags do to our planet in the long term and was completely disgusted. I had no idea it was as horrid as it is."
"I love using cloth bags instead of plastic. I bought a bunch until I could make some of my own."
"I love using bags over paper and plastic and save all my plastic just for making bags too."
"I am making an attempt at not getting any more plastic or paper bags when I go shopping. I either ask for no bag or take my reusable one's from Trader Joe's.'

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Recycled Kids Crafts

I haven't had young children in the house for a long time now, but I remember way back when, when mine were young using stuff we had around the house for craft projects. We didn't call it recycling back then but we did call it saving money. I had one cabinet set aside for things like toilet paper and paper towel rolls, egg cartons, paper (especially colored paper) from junk mail that only had printing on one side and on and on. The craft projects we made from them would keep the kids busy for hours. So set aside a place to collect these things and let your kids use their imagination! To get you started, I've included some links for kid's recycled crafts:

Crafts-Recycling and Reusing Materials

Family Corner Recycled Kids Crafts

Recycling Crafts

Recycled Kids Crafts

oh where, oh where are my contest winners?

It's been five days now and none of my winners have contacted me! Again, they are:


If you are one of the winners please contact me. You can either leave a comment with your email (it won't be published) or email me at debsstuff55 at yahoo dot com.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Green Grocery Bags Given Away #1 - 25

I'm going to keep track of all the bags I make and who they went to, watch this space as the list grows.

1. I kept it
2. Gave to my daughter
3. Co-worker
4. Online friend
5. A lady who gave me some yarn through freecycle
6. My favorite eBay seller (a friend)
7. My ex-husband (yes, you read that right)
8. Another co-worker
9. Ok, so I kept another one
10. And yet another co-worker
11. The manager of my favorite thrift store
12. The owner of the repair shop I use
13. My mechanic
14. A lady waiting for her car at the repair shop
15. I gave my daughter another one
16. Another co-worker
17. A nice lady I know
18. Yet another co-worker
19. Pastor of a client's church
20. Youth Minister of same client's church
21. Business manager of same church
22. My supervisor
23. Another co-worker
24 - 26. Three ladies at a card game

Making Cloth Diapers

It's been a long time since I had babies in diapers (my youngest just turned 21), even my grand babies have been out of diapers for some time now, so diapers haven't been on my agenda for awhile. One of my readers however said this in a comment
"I want my children to have a great planet, not have to try to clean up after us. I tried to get some cloth diapers for my son, and so wish I had done my research before I had my children and went with cloth BEFORE now I do not have the finances to even buy material to make him some, and what I do have would not work for diapers."
I used cloth diapers for all three of my babies but it would never have occurred to me to sew my own. That got me thinking, the first thing I thought was "couldn't you buy some flannel sheets at a thrift shop to use" so I did some research and the answer is yes of course you can. You can also use any other flannel from old pajamas to Dad's flannel shirts. The fabric doesn't have to be new or white. You can use old towels and washcloths for the soaker pads, fleece works too and I could go on. You just need to see whats available and try it out. Below are some links to help you get started.
About cost and choices
Materials and Pattern for Prefolds
Links for Free Patterns and More
Tips for Making and Washing

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Finding Craft Supplies

If you follow my other blog: Deb's Crafts: Handicrafts for Charity, you know that I donate a lot of handmade stuff to various charities. One of the reasons I do it, is there's no limits, my family and friends may only need a limited amount of, say hats, but I can make as many as I want for various charities. I often do my research and development for my patterns this way, changing (and hopefully making them better) each a little bit until I come up with a whole new pattern.
I have to say that I am not a rich woman, in fact many would use the words "dead end" and "low paid" in conjunction with the word job to describe what I do. However, I love what I do, I take care of the elderly and get a lot of satisfaction from it.
So the question is, how can I afford the yarn, fabric and other supplies for my projects? I guess most of it would be considered recycled. I buy it at thrift stores, yard sales and resale shops. The one I like the best is Leftovers, Etc. that I mentioned before. I am careful about odors and such but I can get some great deals and it makes it possible to make a lot more than I could if I bought it new.
When you go "shopping" for supplies this way keep an open mind about what can be used. Other than the obvious fabric and skeins of yarn, look for curtains, sheets and even tablecloths in good shape that can be used for fabric. Knitted or crocheted afghans, sweaters, etc. can be unraveled and used again. Even worn chenille bedspreads and the like can be used for cute stuffed animals. Vinyl tablecloths can be used for the backing for changing pads and other things. Over sized adults clothing can be cut down. Old blue jeans have many uses. You just need to look around and use your imagination.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Green Bags (Contest)- Winners!!

The contest is closed. Wow, I had 60 entries! That's awesome, I'll definitely make more green bags and have another contest soon. I'm making some for family and friends right now. I just bought another 4 yards of fabric ($1 at the thrift shop) to make more, as if I didn't have enough fabric! So watch the blog for the next contest!
The Winners are:
Please leave a comment with your email addy and address (It will not be made public, don't worry, I'll be the only one seeing it) and I will email you when I mail your bag. If you came here through YahooGroups or Ravelry you can contact me there.
First off, you have to visit the Green Bag Lady, she's been giving away green bags for grocery shopping but is getting overwhelmed and needs help! She has posted a link to her pattern on the sidebar of her blog. If you can sew, they take hardly anytime at all, I've made two already in less than an hour. I gave the first one to my daughter and this one is for me. I already have a bag I bought but I can always use another one. So this will be an effort to save the earth or at least keep a few animals from choking on plastic bags.
I have three more of these bags cut out from this (recycled, not sure what it was but I bought the pieces at a thrift shop) fabric that I want to give away. So who should I give them to? I don't have the money or the time to do what the Green Bag Lady does but I can help. I will give away three grocery bags to three of my readers. I guess we're going to call this a contest. Just leave a comment and I will chose three to win the bags. If this goes well I may do it more often depending on when I have time to make more bags. This contest will close on my next day off which should be next Tuesday, June 17. Please check back to see if you won.

Making and Using "Plarn"

Plarn is yarn made from plastic shopping bags. You know the ones, they collect under your sink and in the cabinet and you swear your going to use them for something someday. You can use them for wastebaskets or carry your craft projects around in them but there's really only so many you can use. (Unless your moving and can't find enough boxes, don't laugh I did that once)
Anyway here are some links for making plarn and crocheting with it.
I usually cut mine 1 inch, but otherwise here's how to make it

Making Plarn
Plarn makes great shopping bags that you can take with you to the grocery store. The problem with this is you don't get more bags to make plarn with!
Round Plastic Bag Tote
How about handbags?
Plastic Hobo Handbag
A tote?
Green Tote for Earth Day

Monday, June 9, 2008

Crochet Scrubbie from T-shirt Yarn

These are really easy to make and really work on cleaning those pots and pans!
With a large crochet hook (I used an N but you may have to use a different size depending on how thick your "yarn" is) Ch 6 and join, ch3 and work 15 dc into loop join and end. Work end in.
That's it, told you it was easy!

Recycling Old T-Shirts for "Yarn"

I liked the idea of recycling old T-shirts but I didn't like the way it was done. Too many loose ends. So with a little experimentation I came up with this. You need old T-shirts that don't have a side seam. I went to my local thrift shop. They sell bags of old ratty T-shirts for a whole dollar for rags etc.. About half of the bag I bought were seamless. I put the rest away for future projects. The first step is to cut off the bottom hem and right under the arms so you have a tube of fabric.
Going from one side with your rotary cutter, cut about 1 inch strips leaving the last inch or so uncut.
The result will look somewhat like a hula skirt! (Without the cat of course, her name is Smokey if anyone cares)
I found that slipping the T-shirt over something like an ironing board and straightening and smoothing the uncut section makes it easier to see what your doing. Starting at the bottom cut one end off the first section at the uncut part. Then angle upward from the end of one cut section to the beginning of the next section, keep doing this all the way to the top. This gives you one continuous strip. Starting at one end hold sections of the strip and pull on them. This makes most T-shirt fabric curl. Some heavier material may not but that's OK too. Now wind it into a ball! There you have your brand new recycled T-shirt "yarn".
For scrubbie pattern click here

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Proud Mother

I'm so proud of my son. Awhile ago he stepped on his laptop getting out of bed and totally destroyed it. (NO, that's not the reason I'm proud of him, he's a senior in college for cripes sake) No, the reason I'm proud of him was yesterday when I called him to find out when he was going to start the journey home, he told me he would be leaving as soon as he dropped his laptop off at the recycling center.
This is just a reminder, please don't just discard electronics, they contain many toxic substances and should be recycled.
Where can I recycle electronics?

Monday, May 19, 2008


We have a store out here that I believe may be truly unique. It's called Leftovers and it's all about recycling for craft projects. It's mainly set up for teachers and scout leaders to get recycled supplies for craft projects but it is also open to the public. You can take in all kinds of "leftovers" like egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, leftover yarn and other craft supplies and on and on and on. You can also buy things by the bagful. (Teachers can get it free) They also have activities and classes for kids and adults. It's a wonderful place, I collect bags of things to take there and buy a lot of fabric and yarn for my charity projects there. If you live anywhere near St. Charles MO you need to check it out and if not maybe you or someone can start something similar where you live.

Visit Leftovers Etc.

Have You Changed Your Driving Habits?

I know I have, even though I was never a speed demon, I've still slowed down. I would generally go about 5 miles over the speed limit, now I drive about 5 miles under. It does make a difference and quite frankly it hasn't made that much of a difference in how long I take to get places. I also plan my trips more and have only gone certain places if I have someplace else to go in that direction. let me know how your driving habits have changed and your ideas to save gas.

Swiffer Covers

One of the things that has really bothered me is the explosion of disposible cleaning products. I came across these patterns to knit and crochet washable swiffer covers. You can make a few of them and just rinse them out or throw them in the wash when they're dirty!

Knit pattern

Crochet Pattern


For those who read my other blogs, I decided to start this one because I wanted a different focus. My main blog is about crafting for charity and you will find the link over on the sidebar. This one will also involve crafts but they will focus on reducing, reusing and recycling. However, it will be more than crafts. It will be about all kinds of ways we can help the environment and go green.