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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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inkyannie said... (2/26/06 7:01 PM) Reply
Good idea. Thank you.
Crazicorn said... (2/19/06 0:11 AM) Reply
Great ideas - especially since I just happen to have finished a project with elastic and now have an inch or three left over.
vasallese said... (2/5/06 10:45 PM) Reply
Good idea. Thanks for the tips.
Stitchology said... (2/3/06 6:35 AM) Reply
Nice ideas.
Cathy Loves Fabric said... (2/2/06 7:03 PM) Reply
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.
Annie- oh said... (2/2/06 6:25 PM) Reply
ah - thanks!
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