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Blog: Hoptownracer's Frugal Tips and Craft Projects

My blog will detail my tips on how to save money, reuse items that are commonly thrown away and to post craft and sewing projects that can be useful.

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Stamp pad and ink storage using cd case inserts
Saturday, January 22, 2011

Here is a stamp pad and ink storage container that I made using the inserts from cd cases.    I just hot glued them together with a hot glue gun, until I got the size I needed.  Be careful though, hot glue hurts when it gets on your skin.  (Ask me how I know. lol!)  I should have worn gloves. 

I got the original idea from a poster on  named SewItSeams .  She took the thin jewel cases themselves and glued them together to make inkpad storage.  I had to have my jewel cases, but I had tons of inserts leftover from the regular cd cases to use, so I changed the idea to use the inserts.  Needless to say, hers turned out much prettier than mine, but mine is still functional.  I hotglued some messed up cds inside also for stability, and to get them out of my way. 


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Reuse or recycle thread spools as ribbon organizers.
Saturday, January 22, 2011

I finally thought of a way to store my loose  ribbon where I could see them easily. I had been saving all my empty thread spools, with the intention of using them to make ornaments with felt and little wooden heads, but then it occurred to me today to use them to store my ribbon. I had tons of them, so it worked out great. I actually had just enough to store what I had. I just used Scotch Magic tape and adhered them to the spool, then twisted them around it, and attached a piece of magic tape to keep them in place. For some of the thicker ribbon, I had to use regular tape, but I only had a few of those.  You could also use straight pins to adhere them, but that wouldn't be safe with pets or kids.  Also, I didn't want holes in my ribbon.
A lot of my ribbon is smaller pieces like a foot or so.  I left the cardboard spools of ribbon alone.  They work perfectly already.


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Pet bed...recycle reuse eggcrate foam mattress cover
Thursday, April 15, 2010

 I cut two pieces of eggcrate foam the same size.  Then I cut out a strip of fabric large enough to sew into a pillowcase large enough to enclose the foam.  After inserting the foam into the pillowcase shape, I then used quilting thread and stitched up the ends.  I wanted to use a different thread and one that is easy to see and remove, as I will remove the stitching should I need to wash it.  I could have also used sewable velcro or snaps, but figured the quick basting was easier.  

Please Note* If you pet is the type that likes to try to eat his bedding, foam is not a suitable material to use for their bedding.

The eggcrate foam is great for reusing to make seatcovers for outdoor chairs  or table chairs, pet beds, etc...


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Hanging Organizer
Wednesday, February 03, 2010

I made this hanging organizer from reduced fabric, that I got for a dollar a yard.   It is a heavier and stiffer fabric than most, so it is more sturdy.   The only supplies I needed was a hanger, fabric, sewing machine and thread.  I cut two large pieces the same size, and 7 smaller pieces for my pockets.  You have to figure how many pockets you want, what size, as for what you will be using them for.  First I sewed a hem along each of the sides of the two large pieces, then I made a hem along each tops and bottoms.  Then I hemmed the edges of the pockets pieces.  I had to sew pleats into some of my pocket pieces, as I cut the fabric too long.  Then I sewed the pockets onto the pieces, making gathers along the bottoms of the fabric to allow more room.  Be sure not to make your pockets too loose, or they will hang or droop excessively.  I then stitched down the pockets to make the pockets divided.  *Note-be sure to sew from the bottom of the pocket to the top or else the fabric will pucker badly.  After finishing the pockets, I folded down the top and pinned and inserted the hanger.  I removed the hanger and sewed the tops together to make the opening for the hanger.  I then inserted the hanger, pinned the two sides together and made sure to stitch a line underneath the hanger to keep the hanger from falling down into the center of the organizer.  I then stitched the sides and bottom and was finished.  Mine is far from perfect, but as long as it is functional, and I can stand to look at it, it is fine. haha.  I think it would make a good shoe bag,  sewing supplies bag, scrapbook bag etc...  It has freed up some room on my desk, by being able to put supplies that are'nt always necessary in close proximity.


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Swiffer Cozy Pad Cloth Replacement
Monday, January 25, 2010

I recently made a Swiffer Cozy for my Swiffer to replace the dry swiffer cloths I buy.  I think it qualifies as the ugliest Swiffer Cozy ever, but it used up leftover yarn I had and, it is very functional.   I just measured the size of the bottom of the swiffer, and crocheted enough to cover that space, then added the top sides to go over the edges; making one side smaller than the other, so as to be able to slip it on easily.  While it is ugly, it works great!  Best of all, when I am done, I shake off the dirt, toss it into the wash, and I do not have to keep buying the swiffer cloths and tossing them into the trash.

I hope to also make a mopping pad for my Clorox ReadyMop; using either cotton yarn or by sewing one with different materials.

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Size of straps on Recylced Cat Food Bag
Thursday, April 30, 2009

I would probably change the size of the straps in my previous article to 3 inches wide x 27 inches long, as the straps I made on another bag using the 1 1/2 -2 inch measurements were skinny straps.  You can also zigzag around areas, such as where the straps are attached for extra durability. 

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Recyled Cat Food Bag
Thursday, April 30, 2009

I looked on the internet and tried to find a four sided bag using a cat food bag, and was unable to find one.  I finally figured out how to put one together and wanted to share it.

Materials needed:

One Washed, Dry Purina Cat Food Bag or other bag made with DuraWeave.



Large Sewing Needle/Sewing Machine

Straight pins

*I used a size 16 needle on my sewing machine. Please use a large machine or hand sewing needle, as a small needle could break possibly ruining your sewing machine or causing injury.

** Please do not give this bag to small children or children under 3 (or allow them to play with this bag), as the handles are a hazard to small children


Lay your Bag flatly on the floor. Cut out the following pieces, being sure to center your design for the front and back.

Cut two-13 1/2 x 14" long pieces. This will be the front and back.

Cut two- 3 1/2 x 14" long pieces, this will be the sides.

Cut one 3 1/2" x 14" piece. This will be the bottom.

Cut two 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide x 27" long (or desired width and height), this will be your straps.

First you sew the all the side pieces together. Lay right sides together (printed side) and sew a straight stitch down the bag. Do this for all four sides; until all of the sides of the bag are sewn together. When finished with these steps, you will have a bag body, minus the bottom, that is inside-out. Next pin right sides together of your bottom piece to all four sides at the bottom of the bag. When completed you will have the entire body of the bag, inside-out. Now, turn your back right-side out. Hem a seam along the top of the bag, turning the top under just an inch or so. Then you will need to push the outer edges together on each edge of the bag, pinning in place. Stitch reinforcement stitches down each side of the bag and each edge of the bottom. This reinforces the bag and causes it to be able to stand up. Next take one strap piece, fold one edge of the piece over just about a third, stitch in place. Then fold the other side over and let the edges meet in the middle and fold once more so that the one edge peeks out just a little to make a nice strap. Pin and stitch into place. Sew the other strap. Then just sew your straps onto your bag, by placing them where you want your straps to be located.

To make your straps very secure, you can sew them in a downward position, and then sew them in the upward position using a box shape and an X shape to make them extremely sturdy. (Note-this probably is'nt necessary, unless you intend to carry very heavy items, and it is really difficult to sew through that many layers of the Duraweave. It would probably break any sewing machine needle. )


And when you are done, you have a nice bag for scrapbook paper, frozen goods at the grocery, art supplies, coloring books etc...



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