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  1. Sewing Kit in a Jar

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    With just a little retrofitting, an old-fashioned Mason jar can become a new sewing kit with a built-in pincushion on top. To begin, separate the lid's sealer and screw cap. Trace around sealer on cardboard. Using a compass, draw another circle on linen or cotton, 1 inch larger in diameter than the first. Cut out both circles; make cushion by placing batting between fabric and cardboard. Turn screw cap upside down, and apply hot glue to inside edge of rim; quickly press cushion into lid until cloth protrudes smoothly above screw cap's opening and cardboard is flush against rim. Apply hot glue around edge of cardboard, fold over excess fabric, and press down. Glue top of sealer to cardboard. Fill jar.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2006
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  2. Wintry Scene Cutout for Gift Wrap

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    Create a wintry scene on a wrapped present using a paper-dolls technique. 

    Enlarge the two-tree template to desired size; cut out. 

    Accordion-fold a piece of paper to the width of the template. 

    Trace the template onto top fold. Make "ornaments" with a screw punch. 

    Cut out and unfurl trees. Adhere with a glue stick or spray adhesive.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2009
  3. Roses and Kale Basket

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    This unusual pairing features two items with similar budlike shapes: creamy-white roses and emerald-green ornamental kale.

    Basket How-To
    If your basket has gaps in its sides, weave a ribbon through the rungs. Next, tuck a plastic liner inside, and then trim a block of floral foam to fit. Soak the foam in water and set it in the liner. Push the kale and rose stems into it. Do the same with sprigs of pine around the edges. Finish by wrapping branches of pine around the handle, securing them with floral wire. The display will stay fresh for several days.

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    Martha Stewart Living, Volume 145 December 2005
  4. Good Thing

    Tangle-Proof Yarn Case

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    For many of us, knitting is relaxing. But when the yarn inevitably becomes tangled, it can feel more like an exercise in frustration. Here's one way to keep things from getting knotty. Gather empty cookie tins left over from the holidays, or purchase new ones. Apply a coat of oil-based enamel paint in any hue to outside of tin and lid; let dry overnight. Using a grommet kit (available at hardware stores), attach a grommet to the lid's center. Place ball of yarn inside, and thread an end through the grommet before securing lid.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January
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