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51  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Key-chain key-rings on: August 04, 2010 09:29:36 AM
You can do something similar with a small piece of ribbon or thin elastic.  I have a pair of jeans whose zipper just kept slipping down.  I cut a bit of thin elastic (that came on a pair of new kids' shoes; for some reason they were tied together with a long piece of very thin elastic) and tied it in a loop through the hole in the zipper.  I just zip up, hook the elastic over the button, then button the waistband.  It works great.
52  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: empty plastic juice bottles on: August 02, 2010 09:10:52 AM
If the plastic doesn't have a sharp edge when you cut it, you could make some toys for kids to play with in the sand or water.  If you cut off the bottom, the bottle could be used for a scoop with the cap on or a funnel with the cap off.  Also, you can use a nail or a pushpin to poke holes in the bottle cap so you can use the bottle as a watering can.  You can cut off the top part of the bottle so kids can use the bottom as a sand mold.  And you could cut off the top, poke holes in two opposite sides to attach a string or ribbon for a handle and let the kids use it as a bucket for transporting sand or carrying little treasures they pick up on a walk. 
53  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Sweaters that don't fit. on: July 30, 2010 04:49:10 PM
Check your bookstore, or better yet, your public library, for books on recycling or remaking or altering clothing.  You may be able to convert a too-small-in-the-bust pullover to a cardigan which you could wear open.  Or you could take a sweater apart and use the pieces to make scarves, hats or mittens (especially wool sweaters, which you can felt first in your washer at home).  I am sure someone on craftster or instructables has probably done some inspirational thing that will appeal to you!  And if the sweaters are just a bit too small and made of natural fibers, maybe you could block them to stretch them a tiny bit.  I don't know if your dry cleaner could do this for you, but it wouldn't hurt to ask. 
54  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: too small to use colored pencils on: July 24, 2010 08:20:37 PM
I saw the cutest bracelet (or maybe it was a watch) in a book recently; I think it was CraftCycle.  They cut bits of colored pencils about an inch long and drilled holes through them, one hole near each end.  Then they strung them together with small beads in between.  I am not doing a very good job of describing it, but it was very cute.  Made me wish I had lots of small pencils hanging around.
55  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Birth control pill wallet on: July 24, 2010 08:00:48 PM
How about using them for luggage tags?  You could put your contact information or business card inside the clear pocket, then close it up and punch a hole near the fold and use a bit of ribbon or whatever to attach it to your luggage.  You could decorate the outside or leave it plain.
56  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: really pretty ice cream container on: July 22, 2010 08:04:25 PM
You could cut an opening in the lid and put a box of Kleenex inside.
57  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Re: Green Jersey Dress with Gathered Neckline on: July 11, 2010 08:17:46 PM
What a nice dress.  And I think your compulsion to hide all raw edges is a good thing.  Nothing says "handmade" like a bunch of unfinished edges.  But I agree it can suck up a big chunk of your life.  I just spent far too much time making a gift bag for a 3 year old's birthday party (actually a tote bag from Thomas the Tank Engine fabric).  I did french seams and bound the top edge because I can't stand to see frayed edges on the inside of a bag.  As if the kid will notice or care!  But I had to do it.  And I think every time you wear that dress, you'll be glad you made the effort to make it perfect.  Nice work!
58  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Re: Flowers galore halter dress on: July 08, 2010 09:40:42 AM
It's lovely, especially considering that you worked without a pattern.
59  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Re: Sailor Moon bed skirt on: July 07, 2010 09:48:40 AM
Oh, your daughter is SO cute!  Nice costume, too!
60  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Re: Your Glower Power is no match for my Flower Power on: July 06, 2010 06:53:50 PM
SO cute!  Love the camouflage picture.
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