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« on: January 12, 2006 03:09:20 PM »

I have a problem with my cats and kid destroying toilet paper when it hangs in the regular spot.  I've been keeping the tp in a drawer in the bathroom bureau but it's awkward to get at, especially for the older folks who come to visit.

So, this is what I made today:




It's pretty plain.  I think I'll make a new one with a liner and in the colours of my bathroom, maybe some decoration on the front (I'm not normally inclined towards sea shells, but maybe for this - does anyone know how to drill holes in shells?)

Anyway, this should save the tp from small animal and toddler destruction.

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Fabrics: I 've found that the outside should be a heavier fabric in order to keep the holder's shape as the tp gets pulled in and put back in and a lighter colour for the liner so the tp flakies don't show as bad.  I use a 1/2" seam allowance.  The measurements here should fit a double roll easily.

cut two 16" x 8.5"  and two 7" x 5.5"


Sew the liner and the outside both into basic bag shapes (the larger pieces of fabric)


and sew the corners like you would if you were making a tote



fold over and press top raw edges


Before you go any further, you want to machine baste the liner to the outside


Now, sew the nice sides of the smaller fabrics together along the longer edge.  Turn inside out and press


And put it all together


Here we are, catproof and may even possibly outwit a toddler


Let me know if I can make this tut more clear or if you have difficulties.


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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2006 03:16:39 PM »

That is such a good idea, and it looks very nice, even plain!
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2006 03:52:45 PM »

Now if that isn't genius I don't know what is.  Tutorial please.

I need something similar. But I don't have a toilet thingy holder. I have been racking my brain trying to come up with something. Right now it sits on the back of the toilet.  I wonder if I could attach something like that to the wall?

Great job.
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2006 12:12:38 AM »

wow..I wish I had seen this two years ago, when my girls were in their toilet paper destruction/toilet paper the house, phase!
I bet you just made many a Mother very happy!
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2006 06:24:31 PM »

Thanks for the comments.  It's proving to be really useful (I haven't had to clean up drifts of shredded tp since I made it).

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But I don't have a toilet thingy holder. I have been racking my brain trying to come up with something. Right now it sits on the back of the toilet.  I wonder if I could attach something like that to the wall?

Maybe you could just mount a hook and put a loop on the caddy or nail it to a board or the wall.  or a close by towel rack?
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2006 08:53:42 PM »

craftymomof2
  maybe a small hand towel rack they sell at  walmart or some times  the dollar tree.  Mount that then when  making the bag just make teh loop around the  bar of the towel rack.. it  would  be  permanant that way  or  you could have it  where it  would  wrap around the bar  then  velcro to hold it in place.

Vegbee  wonderfully   made.  do you have a dremel  with a diamond tip    or  a diamond tipped engraver of any kind.   slow and steady pressure you can make a perfect hole in a shell.   slow is the  key to  not  breaking it.......  and/ or put a piece of masking tape  over  the area you want the hole adn  make teh hole thru the tape that helps it to not crumble.   great Idea!!    you could  add these to a loved ones walker  for hankies and water bottles or remote controls  what ever they can  fit  in it......  well done!
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2006 09:24:23 PM »

Hey thanks jloveg - I don't have a diamond tip on my dremel but I think I'll try the masking tape and see if that works anyway.  I have about 10 pounds of shells that were collected by granny over the years and she couldn't do anything with them so it's up to me.   Can't throw them out, right?  (although I have considered liberating them on various beaches because I hate it when people take souvenirs like that).  And good idea with the walker caddy, maybe one with a velcro grip for easy on/off to wash.
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2006 11:54:12 AM »

well,  the diamond tip is VERY universal  in its  use.. I highly recommend  getting one..   they are about 6 dollars give or take a few......   and I use it for eching glass,  trimming glass,  putting holes in fine or fragile things.  the  masking  tape  us  really  useful  at helping it be  sturdy  if you  can  tape  both side of where you are placing your hole  not  jsut  one side  unless you can't  get to both sides.   Good  luck  and bee sure to  post pics of  craft  when finished..

My sis gave me  three BIG boxes of shells  adn  since I had  so  many I  crafted  witha  few tehm  placed  a  bunch around the base of  my favorite tree  (the kids  colored some fist).... that at least gave teh little creatures outside a place to hide and it sorta but them back to nature.   the  lizzards  love to  sun on them.  lots of  little spider  families  have shelter too.   

depending on how big they are.... I had a box of the mini ones once and took the base of a clear lamp apart, added teh shells and  put teh lamp back together.   very  pretty  now  still use it  8 years later.

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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2006 12:36:55 PM »

Clever project. I don't have any paper shredders in my household currently, but if I did I'd def. be making one.
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2006 01:00:16 PM »

I need one of those, my cats shreds toilet paper every chance he gets.
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