"With these fabric squares, it could not be easier to make cute sachets," crafts editor Blake Ramsey says of the hand-printed Charm Pack 5-inch fabric squares ($9.50 for 42, ploverorganic.com). To start, sew two squares together (because the edges come pinked, there's no need to trim), leaving a 1 1/2-inch opening on one side and a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Fill with moth-repelling lavender buds ($9.50 for 3/4 lb., thesage.com), and finish sewing the last side. Place in a drawer to keep linens fresh or under a pillow for sweet dreams.
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Homemade hangers preserve the shape of tall boots and maximize space. They're created by replacing the knobs on cedar boot trees with large cup hooks, which are screwed into the tops. The trees and boots then hang from a cafe-curtain rod.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2009
Little, if any, scrubbing is needed to clean even the dirtiest pots when you use baking soda -- and it is nonabrasive and environmentally friendly.
Fill pot with 1 to 2 inches of water, and add about 2 tablespoons of baking soda simmer 15 minutes, then scrape tough spots on bottom with a wooden spoon, as needed.
SourceEveryday Food, April 2004
Here's an easy way to give new life to old terra-cotta pots you have around the shed: Paint them to create coordinating stripes. Using masking tape in various widths, mark a simple striped design on the pot. In a well-ventilated area, spray the exterior and the rim (and any accompanying saucers) with weatherproof spray paint; let dry completely. Peel off tape.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2008
Pour boiling water on weeds growing between pavers of a pathway. Keep the kettle close to the ground to avoid splashing yourself -- or any nearby plants you want to keep.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2009
Although a duvet cover does an admirable job of protecting a comforter from stains, it is notorious for being a shifty character. Keep it and your comforter neatly in place by turning the cover inside out and sewing two pieces of five-inch-long fabric tape to all four corners. Then tie the fabric tape around each corner of the comforter, and sleep tight.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2011
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