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5 Minute No Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag

Sometimes you simply can’t find a reusable bag to take to the grocery store, but if you have an old t-shirt that’s already destined for the rag bin, you can make a quick, sturdy bag in no time…or at least in five minutes.

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Step 1: Cut off the sleeves

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Step 2: Cut the neck to create the bag opening (the shoulders are now the handles).

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Step 3: Fringe the bottom of the t-shirt.

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Step 4: French braid the fringe.

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Step 5: Tie off the remaining ends and you’re done!

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DIY Floral-Infused Liquors and Syrups

Looking for a way to bottle up summer and serve it to your friends? Check out these vintage mix-and-match cocktail ideas created using nothing more than sugar, water and the flowers in bloom. And if you have some extra petals, this article also shows how to make your own sugared blossoms for garnish!


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DIY Essential Oil Perfume/Cologne

Check out this quick how-to on making your own perfume or cologne. It only takes a few ingredients (alcohol, oil and essential oil) and a bit of patience as the scent cures. In the meantime, you can make simple, chemical-free room sprays with just essential oil and distilled water!


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Dishing Up A Clean Shirt: DIY Rag Bib

We go through a fair number of dish rags around our house. Every few months or so I find myself cutting up an old towel or running out to the dollar store to grab a new, unstained and rip-free stack for the kitchen. The old ones tend to wind up in the garage for a last run as a car wash rag or for random messy projects, but recently I decided to give an old rag another run around the block as a bib. It works great! The little guy doesn’t care that it has some tears and odd spots on it, it’s simply clean and it covers way more of his shirt than a regular bib. All I did was fold the rag in half, then in quarters, and cut a thin half-oval out of the top for munchkin’s head. Then, since he tends to get a very fair amount of food and/or art project on the front, I cut the rag up the back so I could remove it without pulling it up over his head. To keep it in place, I quick stitched a button on the back. When he’s done, I just toss the rag in the sink and give it a good rinse, then hang it up to dry for the next day. The best part is that, when he’s done with it, I can remove the button and pass it on to the garage rag pile and stitch up a new one in about five minutes.

Dish Rag Bib collage


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Crafts that A-Rose from a Curtain

Don’t toss out those dusty, sun stained old curtains quite yet! There are actually a bunch of different things you can do with them, from renewing old shoes to making shabby chic, French country picture frames with rose accents. Check out these step-by-step directions on making your own raggedy roses from old curtains and some ideas on how to use them!