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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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Recycled Birdseed or Pet Food Bag Wrapping Paper Organizer Shoe Bag etc...
Monday, January 25, 2010

I made another project from some recyled bags.  These came from empty bird seed bags that a friend gave me.  They are colorful and the pretty birds made them nice and bright.  In fact, I had so much paper, that I had to make two.  Helped free up some space in my closet.

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On the one side, I put lots of spots for rolled paper, and on the other side, I put exculsively pockets for gift bags and boxes.  I did not have to worry about putting any cardboard or supporting materials in the inside or the pockets, as the weight of the boxes and paper kept it very supported.  So the only materials I needed were two bags for each project, some thread and a hanger for each.    I plan for my next projects to be a much longer organizer for a door and more bags.  I might possibly use some to cover a cat litter box to use for a trash receptacle in my craft room.  I am also going to be working on covering some more cardboard boxes with leftover calendar pages to make more paper storage for my scrapbooking.  I am going to see if the spray adhesive will work for the thinner calendar pages.

I like that this is virtually a free project, and that it keeps these bags from going in the land fill.  While it is impossible to use all of them, I like that I save a few.  I cannot believe that these companies do not find a way to reuse these bags.  There are a lot of containers that can be reused.  I know one company, Terracylce (not endorsing, just mentioning) reuses containers, and I wish more companies would do the same.  For one, plastic kitty litter containers could be reused indefinately (the heavy Tidy Cat ones).  I know they make great buckets.

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Recycled Cat Food Bag Scrapbook Punch Organizer
Monday, January 18, 2010

Today I used the Duraweave Bag from the Purina Cat Chow to make a recycled organizer.  I love reusing things!  The tools I needed was a bag or two, plastic placemats or cardboard, a small child's clothing hanger, sewing machine and thread.  I also had to hand sew a small piece with a large plastic canvas needle, as my sewing machine did not like sewing through so many layers and threw a hissy!  I used the plastic placemats in the back of the bag to insert into large pockets I had made.  This was to add some stability to the bag, and so it would'nt bow inward from the weight of the punches.  I did make a few of my pockets on the small side, so I had to just slip a couple of my punches over the edge of the pocket, but it worked.  So I am happy. 

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