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How to Make a Doggie Bag, Part 1

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How to Make a Doggie Bag, Part 2

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Crocheted Natural Summer Bag

Steps:8
Other Ideas:
Beach bags, Crochet, Tote bags, Yarn
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Felted Knitting Basket

Steps:3
This pliable 10-inch-tall knitting basket was made from a snowy Aran sweater. Its sides came from the body of the sweater; its base was cut from the sleeves. For a primer on felting, see our instructions.
Materials
  • Sweater
  • Scissors
  • Sweater comb
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Pins
  • Iron
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Stamp Art

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY
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Patchwork Throw

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Sewing, Throws
A diverse collection of castoffs becomes a dashing throw with a flexible design of squares and rectangles.
Materials
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Assorted menswear fabrics in similar weights (such as wool, flannel, cotton velvet, and corduroy)
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Iron
  • 4 yards cotton flannel (for insulation)
  • 4 yards cotton shirting fabric (for backing)
  • Wool yarn (for ties)
  • Darning needle
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Crocheted Blue Summer Bag

Steps:8
Other Ideas:
Beach bags, Crochet, Tote bags, Yarn
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Stuffed-Animal Chair

Steps:6
Other Ideas:
Chairs, Crafting and DIY, Sewing
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Reuse Scrap Wrapping Paper

Steps:3
With a little recycling know-how, even the smallest bits of pretty fabric and paper can make a big impact. Turn them into strips of decorative tape and you'll have beautiful trims at the ready. We like to use the tape to seal cellophane bags of treats, wrap packages, and make stationery more festive.
Materials
  • For fabric, use sharp shears to make the cleanest edges.
  • Double-sided tape with waxed paper backing
  • Fabric and/or paper remnants
  • Fabric and/or craft scissors
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Peppermint Milk-Carton House in the Woods

Steps:2
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