Tag : Pinterest Projects

Pinterest Project Monday-T-Shirt reusuable tote bag (can be no-sew!)

I have this problem where I have dozens and dozens of boards on Pinterest filled with fantastic ideas….trouble is that I never get around to doing those fantastic projects. That’s about to change. Enter “Pinterest Project Mondays!” Each Monday I’ll be selecting one of my Pins and posting the process in the hopes that you’ll try something that inspires you. Most of my Pins have a focus on reusing & recycling items that most of us have around the house.

This week’s project is for those people who like to sew, but aren’t really into following strict instructions or patterns. It’s a tote bag made from any old t-shirt you can around the house. This is a good answer to how to handle the dozens and dozens of freebie event/work shirt that accumulate and also when you don’t need another t-shirt turned rag. It’s also a neat gift idea!

What you need:

T-shirt of any size-remember though, the bigger the shirt the bigger the bag. Don’t use a 4x shirt to carry groceries or you’ll rip your arms out of the sockets

Sewing Machine-but only if you want to sew this

Instructions:

Get a shirt

Cut off the arms

Cut down the neck area in a U-shape

Turn shirt inside out.

From this point you have 2 options-either sew across the bottom or cut ½ inch fringes along the bottom and then just tie the fringes together to make a no-sew bag.

You are done!

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Pinterest Project Monday- Trashy Tote Bag

I have this problem where I have dozens and dozens of boards on Pinterest filled with fantastic ideas….trouble is that I never get around to doing those fantastic projects. That’s about to change. Enter “Pinterest Project Mondays!” Each Monday I’ll be selecting one of my Pins and posting the process in the hopes that you’ll try something that inspires you. Most of my Pins have a focus on reusing & recycling items that most of us have around the house.

This week’s project is for those people who like to sew, but aren’t really into following strict instructions or patterns. It’s a tote bag made from a plastic dog food bag (you can also use cat food, bird seed, or cat litter too).  The bag you’re using is made from woven plastic and not paper so it’s heavier duty than regular packaging.

What you need:

Plastic packaging that pet food, cat litter, or bird seed came in

Sewing Machine

Instructions:

  • Flip the bag inside out first and wash with soap and water
  • Flip bag right-side out
  • Determine how tall you want your bag to be and then add 2 inches to that measurement (I know I said there’d be no measuring but this is it, I promise)
  • Now fold down the bag using those 2 inches to set the height to where you’d like it
  • Now sew around the bag so you’ve got a hem
  • That’s done.
  • Now use the pieces of the bag you cut off to make yourself some handles. (this picture shows long handles, but after trying to use it with long handles as a shoulder bag  I highly recommend making them much shorter. The plastic material is so stiff that it gets unruly on your shoulder).
  • No need to hem these. Just measure the length you want, pick a width, double that width so you can fold the strap over unto itself, and then sew a strip.
  • Now sew your handles where you want them, reinforcing them a few times so you can handle heavy things.

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Pinterest Project Mondays-Peppermint Mocha Coffee creamer

I  l-o-v-e Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer. And I run through a bottle of it in about a week, which is not good for my waist or my wallet. Plus, it has weird ingredients in it like partially hydrogenated oil and something to make it white and creamy, because it’s not cream that’s making it white. This isn’t to say that I don’t still down it by the bottleful,  I just thought it couldn’t be that hard to make my own, so I gave it a try.

Here’s the thing about this recipe – if  you appreciate that it’s got 1/10th of the calories and is more  natural than the store-bought kind then  it’s for you, but it isn’t nearly as creamy as the stuff in the bottle. If you’re OK with that, then give this a try.

Homemade Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

  • 1 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 1.5 cups Coconut Coffee Creamer (this is creamier than the refrigerated type of creamer)
  • 3 T. Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup Sugar-Free

Mix everything together and voila! It’s done. Super-easy and about 12 calories per tablespoon as opposed to 35 calories of the store-bought stuff.

3 ingredients are all you need to make your own flavored coffee creamer
3 ingredients are all you need to make your own flavored coffee creamer

Pinterest Project Monday-Never buy Swiffer pads again!

These work even better than the original pads, are reusable and that means you can never run out of them. Necessity is the mother of invention and one day I looked at a pair of holey, yet cozy, chenille-type socks I bought at the Dollar Tree a few years ago. They were passed being saved, but that fabric is too weird to be reused as a rag. And then I looked at just how dusty the bottoms of those socks were and I got an idea. If just by wearing those socks on my wood floors they got filthy, then what about if I purposefully used them clean my floors?

It worked. And I didn’t even need to sew anything. I mean you can, if that’s the kind of person you are. But I like to act first and then think about things later. And honestly I just didn’t want to haul out the sewing machine and try to find a pattern for floor clothes. So I cut the socks down the front part and then stuck them onto the stick and it works like a charm. You can even flip them over before you wash them to get 2 uses out of each ‘sock.’

So buy a few pairs of these socks at Dollar Tree and you’ll end up saving at least $50/year, since the last time I priced out a box of the name-brand clothes they were $4.50 for 20! For $4.00 I can have an endless supply.

 

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Cheap Homemade Laundry Soap is even CHEAPER!

Remember my post about how easy it is to make homemade laundry soap that actually works!

If you don’t check it our here.

Well, Coupons.com has just issued a .50 coupon for Arm & Hammer Washing Soda. You can get this at Target or a grocery store. Click on the coupon below to print yours!



Pinterest Project Mondays-Homemade Laundry Detergent

I have this problem where I have dozens and dozens of boards on Pinterest filled with fantastic ideas….trouble is that I never get around to doing those fantastic projects. That’s about to change. Enter “Pinterest Project Mondays!” Each Monday I’ll be selecting one of my Pins and posting the process in the hopes that you’ll try something that inspires you. Most of my Pins have a focus on reusing & recycling items that most of us have around the house.

Powdered Laundry Soap ( that actually works!)

Everyone should be doing this. If you pay for laundry soap that’s pre-made you’re crazy. This recipe makes a batch of 28 loads (at 2 tablespoons/load). Really, 2T. is all you need, I use 4T. if the load is really dirty. Put the soap in the washer first so it gets a chance to dissolve and then add your laundry.

You can buy all of the ingredients at a local grocery store or at Target. Fels-Naptha is a long bar of soap that sells for around $2.00 (but if you have a Menards near you you can get Fels-Naptha for just .99), Washing Soda is made by Arm & Hammer and is about $5.00 a box, and Borax is also around $5.00. Everything is usually located in the ‘stain-fighting’ section of the laundry isle. Each box can make about 5 batches of laundry. This is a win-win. It’s easy, it’s cheap, it’s less plastic packaging AND it actually works!

Grate one bar of Fels-Naptha soap. Add to that 1 cup washing soda. Add to that 1 cup Borax. Shake. Done.

 

 

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Pinterest Project Mondays-Rosewater

I have this problem where I have dozens and dozens of boards on Pinterest filled with fantastic ideas….trouble is that I never get around to doing those fantastic projects. That’s about to change. Enter “Pinterest Project Mondays!” Each Monday I’ll be selecting one of my Pins and posting the process in the hopes that you’ll try something that inspires you. Most of my Pins have a focus on reusing & recycling items that most of us have around the house.

Rosewater Body Splash & Face Toner

I was lucky enough to recently be the recipient of several dozen roses and since I hate to waste anything and love to try to reuse whatever I can I started looking for ways to reuse the flowers in the hopes that they would last longer. I’m not really a potpourri person even though it couldn’t be easier to make-just pop those petals in a dehydrator for a few hours and voila, but it’s not really my thing.

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Finished homemade rosewater all ready to be put in a spritz bottle.
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Cooking down rosepetals in the ‘boil’ method to make rosewater.

Then I remembered rosewater! I had an aunt that swore this is what kept her face wrinkle-free for years. While I don’t know about its claims for a wrinkle-free face I do know that it smells great and is super-easy to make. Get yourself some clear alcohol like vodka and 2 cups of fairly fresh rose petals. I used a pint-sized mason jar and put the petals in the jar, covered them with vodka up to the lip, cover with the lid & screw-top and then let it sit for at least two weeks. Strain the mixture at the end of the two weeks and squeeze out the petals. Voila! You are done! I like to keep this mixture in a spritz bottle in the fridge for a refreshing summer spray.