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How to Make Authentic Oilcloth

by M.E. Russell

Learn how to make real oilcloth fabric

Why do they call it oil cloth? What is currently being sold in stores as oilcloth is actually made from cotton fabric covered with a petroleum-based coating. However, genuine oilcloth (the real thing grandma had on her kitchen table) is made from cotton, canvas, or linen fabric coated in linseed oil. The fabric can be dyed or printed before the linseed treatment, and the oil gives it a water-resistant surface. Genuine oilcloth (also known as oilskin) is biodegradable in a landfill. The "real" oilcloth sold in stores today is made from PVC or polyvinyl chloride, and as such does not break down in a landfill.       

 

If you'd like to give the real thing a try, here's how to do it:   

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How To: Fuse Plastic Bags + Make a Sunglasses Case!

by M.E. Russell

Reuse and recycle: Make fabric from old plastic bags

As Earth Day approaches (mark your calendars! April 22nd!), I've been thinking about ways to reduce and reuse the things I don't need in my life anymore. I'm pretty good about recycling what I can - cardboard, papers, and bottles go in the curbside recycling, and compost I take to the local natural foods store. Plastic bags go to grocery stores with those plastic bag bins up front, along with other random thinner plastics like cereal bags, plastic wrap, and bread bags. If you don't have access to a plastic bag recycling bin, you can reuse your plastic bags by fusing them together to create a waterproof, flexible fabric!       

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The Three Easiest Ways to Make a Simple Market Tote Bag

by Holly Wade

Three Ways to Make an Upcycled Market Bag

I'm a sucker for a farmer's market or swap meet, and I've become very aware of bringing my own bags since California passed a law requiring you to pay for plastic bags at grocery stores. To use the materials I already had, I found three super simple ways to make an upcycled market bag: use stuff I already have! This transforms standard items into something practical using minimal cuts and sewing. 

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SHOPPING GUIDE: 10 Stylish Totes, Purses, and Satchels To Keep You Organized This Year

by Lexy Ward

SHOPPING GUIDE: 10 Stylish Totes, Purses, and Satchels To Keep You Organized This Year

At the beginning of every year, I feel the need to organize every backpack, satchel, and purse that is in my line of sight. (I do this throughout the year, but am ultra-motivated after the new year.) If you're in search of a new bag to organize everything from makeup to tools and everything in between, read on! Bonus: The style is strong with these.      

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Teenage Mutant Sewing Turtles

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 06/21/08

Five Day Turbo Sewing Camp for teens just finished yesterday.  I say Turbo because they learned how to use the machine in two hours and spent four days (two hours each) sewing, jamming the machines, designing and giggling.  It was hard to keep them supplied with fabric.  Even though it was too short to teach them the perfect sewing skills, they got the feel of the machines and discovered they could create some sweet stuff on the sewing...

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Just say NO to plastic produce bags and hello to BYO Bags!

by DIY Maven

Just say NO to plastic produce bags and hello to BYO Bags!

So you've switched from paper or plastic and gone to reusable grocery bags. If you haven't yet done so, it's now time to ditch non-recyclable plastic produce bags for something a bit more earth-friendly too. A great alternative to them are the fabulous BYO Bags. They’re made of a lightweight nylon mesh that’s not only breathable, but durable, washable, quick drying and, of course, reusable. I found my set of 3–one small, one medium and one large...

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Eco-Tote Bags

by DIY Maven

Fellow Curblier bsgilf posted a question yesterday that was of concern to me a couple of months ago. It all started with IKEA charging for their shopping bags and San Francisco passing an ordinance requiring retailers to use eco-friendly bags. Always answering ‘paper’ when the paper/plastic question arose, I was looking for sturdy shopping bags of the same size as a quality paper grocery bag. In my search, I found ECOBAGS, which has a perpetual...

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How To Make a Plastic Bag Keeper

by DIY Maven

How To Make a Plastic Bag Keeper

In an effort to reduce and reuse plastic bags, how about making a plastic bag keeper? Chances are you already have everything you need to make one for free. Or you can buy one at The Container Store for 4.99 plus 6.50 s & h. Your choice.

The Props

  • A 2 quart plastic bottle (I used a Juicy Juice bottle, which worked particularly well.)
  • Box cutter and/or scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Durable tape
  • Excess plastic bags

The Procedure

Mark...

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