Brush Roll from Placemats and More Placemat Hacks

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-05-11

A trip to World Market or Pier One and you can't help but get inspired by the gorgeous placemats they stock.  Cut and finished pieces made from vibrant fabrics, and oh, the many ways to use them! Over on Dollar Store Crafts I found this makeup brush roll made from a sequined placemat with straight stitching and grosgrain ribbon. See more ideas of things to make using placemats

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12 Free Green Ideas for the Laundry Room

by Killer Green Ideas

created at: 2009-04-15
Green your cleaning routine with these 12 free eco-friendly ideas for your laundry room.

1.  Hang it Out to Dry- Air drying your clothes can save 700 lbs. of CO2 and $ 75.00 per person per year. Plus, clothes last longer and won’t pill or fade as much.

2.  Install a Drying Rack- If you don’t want to take your laundry outside, install a drying rack over the tub.

3.  Lose the Lint - Improve your dryer’s efficiency by thoroughly cleaning out...

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Create Fresh Summer Scented Linens Year Round.

by Chris Gardner

I was born in 1982. We ALWAYS had an electric clothes drying machine, and I admit the only times I've used a clothesline to dry my clothes have been outside the United States.

But, I've read the poetry. I know the images. I've seen the commercials. The smell of the sun on your bedsheets is, apparently, an amazing thing. And with THESE tips, apparently even folks like me, can get in on it. All year long.



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Make Your Own Fabric Softener

by Lilybee

created on: 08/13/08


Some people firmly believe that fabric conditioner is very bad news.  According to the these folks it's full of scary chemicals that don't biodegrade and it's bad for your health. Now, I have no real standpoint on this, I just don't like the way it makes things feel, I like my towels CRUNCHY.

Here's a recipe on how to make your own fabric softener from Wikihow:

You'll need:

  • 1 cup vinegar (white)
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup water
  • Drops...

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How To Make Wool Dryer Balls.

by Chris Gardner

These wool dryer balls are a natural, handmade alternative to chemical fabric softeners or commercial dryer agitation products. They're a clever way to use extra yarn, and are a guaranteed way to keep your laundry habits easy and ethical.


•    Wool Yarn:
•    Old Pantyhose or sock
•    Cotton or Acrylic Yarn or String
•    Scissors
•    Small Crochet Hook
•    Measuring Tape
•    Natural scents


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Wanna Hang Out? Clotheslines YAY or NAY?

by Lilybee

"There's a whole generation of kids growing up today who think a clothesline is a wrestling move," 
    Dalton McGuinty, Ontario's Premier, (on lifting Ontario's clothesline ban.)

created on: 06/30/08

Clotheslines have a lot going for them, they're free, they make things smell nice, they don't use fossil fuels, you don't have to plumb or plug them in, you don't have to sit in a non-air conditioned laundry room guarding them so no one makes off with your...

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How to Properly Fold a Fitted Sheet

by DIY Maven

Okay, I’ll admit it. My folded fitted sheets look more like rectangularly shaped pillows rather than neat squares. Here’s a 4 stage method to help me make folding these confounding pocketed contraptions do-able, which will also make my linen closet look more orderly. The steps, according to BHG, go something like this:

“1. Folding fitted sheets works best on a flat surface, such as a table or bed. Lay the sheet right side down, elasticized corners...

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Free Vintage Laundry Bag Pattern

by DIY Maven

Go old school with this vintage laundry bag pattern. Besides being a great place to stash your dirty undies, it would be a perfect way to keep diapers at hand in the nursery.

Materials needed:

  • 3/4 yard printed cotton
  • J. & P. Coats Percale Bias Trim, single fold
  • one coat hanger
  • thread

Directions for cutting:

  • cut one piece of the cotton into 18" x 36"
  • cut two pieces of the cotton into 7" x 17 1/2"

Directions of assembly:

Head on...

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Make a DIY Plastic Bag Dryer.

by Chris Gardner

Okay, so I wasn't yet hip to this phenomenon: spindle-y contraptions allowing one to invert plastic bags (presumably of the ziptop variety) to help dry them after a wash for reuse. Like a dish strainer or a clothesline for sandwhich baggies.

Of course, that $20 price tag always hits where it hurts, especially when it's clear that the materials all came from the unfinished wood section at the craftstore. (the little vase gives it away). So, for a...

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