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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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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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Mom Tip: Un-Stale-ing Cheerios (and other baked cereals)

This one came to me after I finally got the little guy to go to sleep for the night and realized that we never ran out to the store for groceries. I had two choices for dinner: some oatmeal baby food I’d made earlier or cereal. I opted for cereal.

Unfortunately, however, the box had been opened for a while and after one bite of those dense, chewy o’s, I almost tossed the box. But then I thought about my other option and decided to figure out a way to make my cereal option a little more edible.

The solution was almost too simple: spread them out on a baking sheet (I used a piece of parchment paper underneath the o’s just in case) and toast them for about 10 minutes at 225 degrees F.

The result was a perfectly crisp cereal with a little bit of home cooked warmth. They only took about 5 minutes to cool down and the meal was a success. The next morning, Edward also approved of the freshly toasted cereal and polished off several handfuls.