Suburban Pioneers

The Adventures and Misadventures of Homesteading in 21st-Century America

T2T: Altoid Boxes August 28, 2013

T2T (Trash to Treasure) is a new series we’ll be featuring periodically to offer reuses for common household objects.

 

Today’s T2T Pick: Altoid Boxes (You don’t use crayons?  First of all, you’re missing out…but if you don’t have time to color, see if a preschool, church school, homeschool group, or kindergarten can use them!)

Perfect fit!

Perfect fit!

 

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This is how I reused them for our church kids!

 

Lauren: How to Turn a Pillowcase into a Scarf! January 31, 2013

I am often cold in the winter so you’ll rarely find me without a scarf wrapped around my neck to keep me warm. I came across some scarves that I liked at a store (which shall remain nameless), but price tags that I did not: $14.99! I couldn’t part with that much money for a long rectangular piece of fabric. . . especially when I have a sewing machine at home.

So I made my own. I found three pillowcases from a thrift store and paid around $2 each. Two are Egyptian cotton and the other is jersey. All of them are super-soft  which is a requirement of mine for scarves. It only took me about a couple hours to make three.

Step One: Go rummaging through your linen closet or the local thrift store and find some pillowcases (king size is best).

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Step Two: Cut it to the size you would like. I cut about an inch and a half off one side. I also snipped off the bottoms of the Egyptian cotton ones (near the open end) because they looked too pillowcase-y.

Step Three: Fold over all the edges and iron. You could either fold over twice and hem or fold once and use an overcasting stitch. I did some of each.

Step Four: Sew around all the sides on the fold. You made a scarf! Add embellishments if you’d like. To the jersey one, I added prints of keys.

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Step Five: Waste twenty minutes of your life watching YouTube videos of people tying scarves in all sorts of different ways. (I know I’m not the only one that has done this; there were 300,000 views. . . )

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