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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My new wallet/checkbook organizer w/built in pocket for driver's license & pen on: July 10, 2010 02:47:31 PM

I designed this wallet/checkbook organizer because there are days that my teen age son has obsconded my debit card and I wouldn't know I don't have it until I get to the checkout counter.  That's when I have to rummage through my purse to find plan b - the checkbook (because I hardly use it).  The search isn't over because now I have to find my pen and of course, they want to see my driver's license.    Even using my debit card, they from time to time ask for my driver's license.

Because my sisters and friends loved this design so much I also made a few extras:

This was made with Taco Bell and purple newspaper sleeve plastic yarn:

This was made with Home Depot and S&S Food Stores plastic yarn:

This was made with Dollar General and Lowe's plastic yarn

I also use this as a clutch for the quick trip into the store.  I designed the side seam to let me stuff it full with my comb, cell phone, checkbook, business cards, debit/credit cards, etc.  And because I don't want to have to worry about popping a button, snap or zipper, I designed it with a wraparound band so I can close it without worry about anything falling out.  I put a flower on the front flap because flowers are in right now.

Thanks for letting me share.
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycling a Zip Lock Bag with plarn (plastic yarn) on: July 08, 2010 03:22:15 PM
Packing tape is what I used for strength and durability. 

On all 4 sides (2 front/2 back), apply a layer of packing tape under the zip lock seam.  Punch holes approx 1" apart evening around.  Using a craft needle, make 2 rounds of the embroidery stitch on the outside of the bag. 

With a size F crochet hook, loosely make multiple sc stitches in each embroidery stitch.  Before continuing, cut the bottom of the bag off just below the tape line.  Fold the tape in half even with the top of the tape, make 2 rounds of embroidery stitch on the inside of the bag.

Using a size G hook, sc in each st around until desired height is achieved.  Change colors on the rounds as desired.

I hope this helps.
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycling a Zip Lock Bag with plarn (plastic yarn) on: July 06, 2010 04:26:35 AM

There are very few things that I actually throw away and I have a drawer full of zip lock bags.  The zip is still good but the bag isn't so I just cut off the bottom part and put the top part in a drawer.   This is one of the plarn purse accessories that I make whenever I make me a new tote.

I made this by crocheting from the top down and just sewing up the bottom seam.  Because it is made with plarn, it is so durable.    The belt gives it a fashionable look.

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Recycled Zip Plarn Pouch with pop tab flower on: June 30, 2010 10:00:40 AM
thank you for the compliment ...

I know this is going to sound a little odd and don't laugh too hard .. I am okay with sewing the actual zipper on plarn (my Janome is awesome) - the problem is I always put the zipper on wrong ..

it either goes on upside down, wrong side out or on backwards. ... it never fails...  youtube has wonderful videos on how to do it and I'll even follow one of those and I'll be darn if it still goes in wrong...

25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Recycled Zip Plarn Pouch with pop tab flower on: June 30, 2010 09:39:00 AM

I created this Pouch because the bag busted but the zip lock was still good.  But mostly because I am zipper challenged, it's my innovative approach to having 'my cake and it eat to'.   I also fashioned it with a pop tab flower.  I've made several of these over the years to carry my crochet hooks, my make up, etc.  When I make myself a new tote/bag, I always make one of these to match it for carrying my money in ...  because I make everything with plastic yarn, it is so durable.

thanks for letting me share my design with you
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Who says you can't get your money's worth from Taco Bell on: May 07, 2010 07:38:52 PM
Thank you to all for the compliments. 

LordVader - what a neat idea to tweet Taco Bell...  thank you for showing this off for me.

Crochet Dad - as an admirer of your creations I am very flattered that you took the time to check out my store. 

I have to say your Fedora's are to die for.  I just launched my hat line and I am developing a pattern for a plarn version of the Fedora that I will be introducing. 

27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / And also, who says you can't get your money's worth from McDonalds on: May 03, 2010 05:21:05 AM

Here's one I made with a McDonald's plastic cup and fashioned it with 2 red pop tabs I placed just on the front of each side.

Thanks for letting me share another one with you... 
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Who says you can't get your money's worth from Taco Bell on: May 03, 2010 05:15:52 AM

I'm always trying to come up with creative ways to use plastic to keep them out of our landfill.
Especially, plastic cups because no one really thinks about what could be done with these and believe it or not, they are as fabulous to work with as a plastic bag.    For one thing, plastic cups  make fabulous notebooks, in my opinion more durable, longer lasting and won't rip or tear: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=341764.0

Then the creative juices started flowing even more and I came up with something else to do with them.  The awesome part of the Taco Bell hat is I crocheted this with taco bell plastic bag yarn.  That even made this more authentic:

and of course, gotta throw in a flower:

Thanks for letting me share this with you... 
29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Getting my money's worth out of plastic containers on: March 19, 2010 02:49:12 PM
I see several online shops (i.e. etsy, artfire, ecrater, etc.) that sell cardboard versions but since I'm all about recycling plastic, this was more my forte.

The heating method I use really depends on the thickness and pliability of the plastic.  For example, I used a much different heating on this Coca Cola plastic cup then on the fast food plastic cups because of the thickness:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=335432.0

Oh, and in case you're curious, no lid goes unused as well, here's how I use the lids:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=338327.0 and

30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Getting my money's worth out of plastic containers on: March 19, 2010 11:16:23 AM

Here's how I decided to reuse the large plastic cups you get from fast food restaurants and also other plastic containers that I typically would put in a recycle box.

It started off like this:

and ended up to be this:

I cut, clean, heat and spiral them into plastic notebooks. 

Thanks for letting me share.
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