tube to wrap or mail!
Over the years, I've found that tubular shaped containers are useful
for a number of things, most notably as sturdy mailers for odd-shapped
items, but also as gift boxes when appropriately wrapped, and in some instances,
deodorized to remove original food smells. My favorite containers
are Electrasol dishwasher tablets. The larger size is exactly right
to cover with an 8.5X11" sheet of paper with a small overlap as the circumference
is just under 11 inches; it is exactly 8.5 inches from the bottom of the
plastic lid to the rim of the metal bottom. I have always used either
wrapping paper cut to size or plain 8.5X11 paper to cover them. But
since I got the PC, I can now print an attractive background and put in
text boxes as required for the addressee and return address and I use economy
print to lighten the background so it doesn't overwhelm the text.
note that this project is definitely for older kids....
Angel glue gun bag
1/2 yd of 45" denim or material
2 colours brown felt
2 - 8mm eyes
1 yd cord
small 4" piece of ribbon 1" thick
ribbon rose and 1/4" ribbon about 3"
Patterns You Will Need:
Step 1: Cut two pieces of denim 10" x 15"
Step 2: Cut two or three pockets one should be big enough to hold a glue gun approximately. 10"x6".
Step 3: Stitch small pockets on front of one piece of material. Bag will lie open so you can put them all the same way or going out from centre.
Step 4: Cut an Angel bear out of felt to whatever size you like. He can be glued on or sewn on and stuffed.
Step 5: Put cord through slit in his seat and under wings to hold them in place. Making sure not to get cord caught put bear face down to the part with the pockets...sew in zip at top end and then close up the rest of the bag and turn inside out. Make sure the zip is unzipped so that you can turn it easily.
Step 6: Then all you have to do is fill it with all your odds and ends...I can usually get my glue gun, glue sticks, wire, scissors, wire cutter and a variety of odds and ends into this bag for the on the go crafter....then just lay it flat when your using it to have easy access to your stuff. The long pocket created between the two pieces makes a great place for patterns and extra fabric.
Again, many thanks to Liz Ferreira who sent in this idea all the way from Trinidad in the West Indies! Thanks so much Liz!