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Posted on: 2/2/06 5:15 PM
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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 !

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Annie- oh said...
ah - thanks!
2/2/06 6:25 PM
Cathy Loves Fabric said...
Oh my gosh. You mean my tape measure doesn't have to be "stored" on the floor of my sewing room? What an ingenious idea! I'm indebted to you.
2/2/06 7:03 PM
Stitchology said...
Nice ideas.
2/3/06 6:35 AM
vasallese said...
Good idea. Thanks for the tips.
2/5/06 10:45 PM
Crazicorn said...
Great ideas - especially since I just happen to have finished a project with elastic and now have an inch or three left over.
2/19/06 0:11 AM
inkyannie said...
Good idea. Thank you.
2/26/06 7:01 PM
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