|I make doll clothes, and sometimes end up with squibs of elastic about an inch long or so. Not much I could do with 'em - or so I thought !
First, I needed a way to hold my craft scissors closed, so they wouldn't damage other things in the tote. It'd also be nice to secure the scissors, since I frequently do hand-sewing during Son's library time. Sewed the ends to one of those squibs together, then reinforced them with a reversed stitching line - voila ! An elastic loop that holds the scissors closed, but stretches enough for a quick snip ! And it adds a bit of safety, if a child is suddenly attracted to my shiny scissors.
Then I did the same thing for the always-popular tape-measure-around-the-neck. Mine always slid off (maybe I have a round, slippery neck ?), but another loop of elastic solved that problem. And it also keeps the tape measure together in the sewing tote !
You can do the same thing with a simple rubber band. But this uses up scraps, and they slide on and off much easier !