How to Sew Drawstring Gift Bags
How to Sew a Drawstring Gift Bag
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/16/2020 | 3 Comments
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Up your gift wrap game. These reusable drawstring gift bags will save you money and time, while helping the environment.

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How to Make a Reusable Sandwich Wrap
How to Make a Reusable Sandwich Wrap
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/06/2020 | No Comments
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These reusable sandwich wraps are so easy to use, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with plastic sandwich bags. Just place your sandwich in the center of the wrap, fold in the sides, and the Velcro will hold them securely in place. Then, open the wrap back up at lunch time, and use it as a placemat. These have a food-safe lining, and are both wipeable and machine-washable.

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How to Make Reusable Can & Jar Covers
How to Make a Reusable Elastic Can & Jar Cover
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/05/2020 | No Comments
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Up your leftover game. These reusable covers are the perfect size to go over open cans, drinks and other small containers that don’t have lids. They can also be used as decorative jar toppers for gifts. Just stick one on top of a jar of home-canned goodness, to instantly turn one gift into two.

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How to Make a Reusable Elastic Casserole Cover
How to Make a Reusable Elastic Casserole Cover
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/03/2020 | No Comments
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Make a couple of these reusable casserole covers, so you never have to wrangle with plastic wrap again. They have an elastic band, ensuring they go on and off easily, and a food-safe liner that’s wipeable and machine-washable. Basically, they’re better than plastic wrap in every way.

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How to Make a Reusable Elastic Bowl Cover
How to Make a Reusable Elastic Bowl Cover
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/02/2020 | No Comments
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These reusable elastic bowl covers are a great alternative to plastic wrap and foil. Just slip one over any bowl that doesn’t have a lid, for an easy way to store leftovers. I designed these to be both easy to clean and food-safe. Make a few for yourself. Then, make a bunch more to gift. These covers solve a problem that everyone has.

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How to Sew a Maxi Pad Pouch
How to Sew a Maxi Pad Pouch
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/26/2020 | No Comments
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This maxi pad pouch gives you a discreet way to carry pads, and keeps them from getting lost, or unwrapped in the bottom of your purse or backpack. It can be made from fabric scraps, and would make a thoughtful addition to a stocking or Operation Christmas Child shoebox.

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T-Shirt Dog Tug Toy
DIY No-Sew T-Shirt Dog Tug Toy
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/24/2020 | 1 Comment
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Tired of spending money on dog toys that your dog destroys in minutes? Here’s how to make a sturdy, long-lasting tug toy out of old t-shirts. This simple, no-sew toy is the perfect project to keep your hands busy when you’re watching TV.

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How to Make a Lunchbox Silverware Placemat Roll
How to Make a Lunchbox Silverware Placemat Roll
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/14/2020 | 2 Comments
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Take your zero-waste lunchbox set up to the next level with one of these lunchbox silverware placemat rolls. Just slip your silverware and cloth napkin in the designated pockets; roll it up, and tuck it in your lunchbox. Then, unroll it at lunch time, and use it as a placemat.

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How to Make Reusable Sandwich Bags
How to Make Reusable Sandwich Bags
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/12/2020 | No Comments
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Here’s how to make reusable sandwich bags that are food-safe, easy to clean and built to last.

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How to Sew a Kitchen Towel
How to Sew a Kitchen Towel
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/09/2020 | No Comments
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Sewing kitchen towels is a quick and easy project, and a great way to use up your fabric scraps. Make enough to restock your kitchen. Then, make a bunch more to give as gifts.

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How to Make Cloth Napkins
How to Sew Cloth Napkins
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/01/2020 | No Comments
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My family made the switch from paper napkins to cloth napkins 18 years ago, and we’ve never looked back. If you’re looking to make a similar change, or simply need some cloth napkins for a special occasion, you’ve come to the right place.

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My Favorite Curb Finds
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/21/2019 | 7 Comments
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If you’re seeing this post, it means we’ve found something new. Click to check out our latest curb find, and see the other amazing things we’ve rescued from curb piles over the years.

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Cloth Napkins
How to Go Paperless in the Kitchen
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/12/2019 | 2 Comments
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Thinking about transitioning away from paper towels and napkins? For most of our married life, we’ve had a paperless kitchen. We made the switch to save money and protect the environment, but along the way we discovered a way of doing things that we just like better. Here’s a look at our system.

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No-Waste Party
How to Throw a No-Waste Party
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/08/2018 | 21 Comments
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This past Saturday we threw a big backyard party, and we didn’t even have to set out a trash can. Yep, that’s right, our party generated no trash – not a single piece. Want to throw your own no-waste party? Here’s a look at my set up.

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8x8 Pan With Reusable Food Wrap
How to Make Reusable Food Wrap
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/22/2016 | 11 Comments
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Plastic food wrap is a hard product to have love for. It’s disposable, which means you’re buying it just so you can turn around and throw it away; it’s made out of plastic; and it always gets stuck to itself when you try to use it. Annoying!

Well, as of last week, this is one product that I’ve banished from my kitchen. Yep, I’m done with plastic wrap. From now on, I’ll be using reusable food wrap, made from beeswax-dipped cloth. Maybe you’ve seen this stuff, since it’s kind of “in” right now. It’s literally just a piece of fabric that’s been coated in beeswax. The wax makes the fabric waterproof and air-tight, and it gives it just enough body, so that when you press it around the edge of a bowl or casserole dish, it stays put. Pretty nifty. It even folds around a sandwich nicely.

There are actually several companies selling this product right now, but as easy as it is to make, I opted to make my own, which means I also got to pick the fabric.

Ask your grandmothers or your great-grandmothers how they covered food before plastic wrap came along, and you might just find that they used beeswax-dipped fabric. Yep, while beeswax food wrap is trendy right now, it’s far from a new idea.

Ready to banish plastic wrap from your kitchen? Here’s how to make your own reusable food wrap.

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