As Earth Day approaches (mark your calendars! April 22nd!), I’ve been thinking about ways to reduce and reuse the things I don’t need in my life anymore. I’m pretty good about recycling what I can – cardboard, papers, and bottles go in the curbside recycling, and compost I take to the local natural foods store. Plastic bags go to grocery stores with those plastic bag bins up front, along with other random thinner plastics like cereal bags, plastic wrap, and bread bags. Continue Reading
Why do they call it oil cloth? What is currently being sold in stores as oilcloth is actually made from cotton fabric covered with a petroleum-based coating. However, genuine oilcloth (the real thing grandma had on her kitchen table) is made from cotton, canvas, or linen fabric coated in linseed oil. The fabric can be dyed or printed before the linseed treatment, and the oil gives it a water-resistant surface. Genuine oilcloth (also known as oilskin) is biodegradable in a landfill. Continue Reading
I’m a sucker for a farmer’s market or swap meet, and I’ve become very aware of bringing my own bags since California passed a law requiring you to pay for plastic bags at grocery stores. To use the materials I already had, I found three super simple ways to make an upcycled market bag: use stuff I already have! This transforms standard items into something practical using minimal cuts and sewing.
I’ll share how to turn a regular t-shirt, bedroom pillowcase and bath towel into useful bags for farmer’s markets, groceries or just about anything else. Continue Reading
At the beginning of every year, I feel the need to organize every backpack, satchel, and purse that is in my line of sight. (I do this throughout the year, but am ultra-motivated after the new year.) If you’re in search of a new bag to organize everything from makeup to tools and everything in between, read on! Bonus: The style is strong with these.
Deluxe Leather Toolbag Klein Tools – $241
Polka Dot Canvas Tote Target – $30
Would you have ever guessed that’s what was used to create this abstract piece of art? It’s easy and a great way to use up all of those plastic bags that seem to breed under your kitchen sink when you aren’t looking. Grab a few (maybe 7) bags, your glue gun and get to work! Heres’ the how-to from evie s.
Years ago, I saw a technique on a television show in which a homeowner used ripped paper bags as a floor covering. I remember looking for examples on-line but couldn’t find any, until now. Gwynne and Michael used such a technique to cover
a drafty pine-plank floor in a back room of their 1793 “honeymoon” Cape.
They opted to use contractor’s paper, which is heavier than paper bags to create ‘stones’ that they glued into place using a 50/50 mixture of water and Elmer’s white glue. Continue Reading
Frugal and Thriving scoured the internets and found 45 of some of the best diy bag tutorials out there. Choose from big bags and little bags, grocery store bags and cosmetic bags and everything in between. Some of my favs….the reversible beach bag pictured above and the little boxy pouch below, which is just too cute! See the other 43 offerings here.
Once you’ve given your tea bag a dunk, you could head right to the compost bin. OR, you can give it a second chance with one these alternative options for steeped tea bags.
- Soothe Tired or Injured Eyes
- Flavor Your Meat
- Make “Less Sinful” Drinks
- Around-The-House Cleaner
- Remove Warts
- Deodorize Your Place
- Give Oral Relief
- Sunburn And Acne Solution
- Fertilize Your Plants
- Show Your Artistic Side
Urban Threads actually turned plastic Target bags into a lamp. I still can’t quite believe it even after reading the tute!
First they fuse the bags. To do that, you’ll need the following:
- parchment paper
- a scissor
- an iron
- leftover plastic bags
To make the lamp’s structure, you’ll need this stuff:
- 6 thin square dowels, about 1/4″ thick
- a small wood saw
- wood glue
- binder clips
- X-acto knife, ruler and pencil
- You’ll need some sort of light source.
Five Day Turbo Sewing Camp for teens just finished yesterday. I say Turbo because they learned how to use the machine in two hours and spent four days (two hours each) sewing, jamming the machines, designing and giggling. It was hard to keep them supplied with fabric. Even though it was too short to teach them the perfect sewing skills, they got the feel of the machines and discovered they could create some sweet stuff on the sewing machine. Continue Reading