source: Emily Lindberg
Plastic bags are too abundantly available, and too damaging to the environment to be ignored as craft materials. Weaving, crochet and sewing are just a couple of the ways that clever crafters reuse this free resource.
Here are a couple of ideas:
1. Weaving – Crafters are now using plastic bags for weaving. If done cleverly, the finished products don’t even vaguely resemble the bags you brought your groceries home from the store in.
3. Knit – Any material that can be used to crochet, can also be used to knit. If knitting is your thing, there are plenty of plastic bag patterns available for you, too.
4. Sewing – Once plastic bags are fused to freezer paper or parchment paper, they can then be sewing into a variety of useful objects. The fused bags can be sewn with a regular sewing machine into virtually anything.
5. Rug Braiding - Plastic bag cut into strips can be turned into braids. The finished braids can then be sewn together to create long lasting area rugs.
6. Macrame – I haven’t been able to find a project for plastic bag macrame, but why wouldn’t it work out just fine?
7. Mold the Bags – Instructables has a tutorial for using plastic bags to mold items.
8. Faux Punch Art - Faux punch art can be made using styrofoam as a base. The results are very nice.
9. Basketry - You can make great looking baskets using plastic bags and cardboard. Good, clear tutorial.
10. Printmaking - Alisa Burke has a wonderful tutorial on printing with plastic bags. Definitely worth checking out.
If anyone has any other ideas, please post them as a message. I’d love to share your thoughts with Craft Stew’s readers.
source: Greg Turner
I made some orzo as an almost midnight snack the other day. It had a very delicate, toasted flavor which I loved. It was so cheap and good I decided to pass on the recipe.
2 cups orzo
2 – 3 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 tsp. chicken bouillon (parve or vegan)
salt, to taste
small pinch pepper
Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Add the orzo and cook till light brown. Add three cups of water, bouillon, salt and pepper. Stir well. When the water begins to cook out, add another 1/4 cup of water. Continue adding water until the orzo is done to your liking.
Easy Orzo with Cheese: Stir 1/4 cup parmesan into the orzo when done cooking.
Easy Orzo with Peas: Add 1/4 cup frozen peas to the orzo after toasting.
Easy Orzo with Garlic or Onion: I usually add a pinch or two of garlic or onion powder to my orzo right after adding the water.
Sewing can cost a small fortune if allowed to. After spending hundred of dollars on a machine, there are still fabrics, expensive patterns, notions and trims cramming the shelves of the stores. Buttons alone, can cost up to $10.00.
But there is a cheaper way. You can make your own sewing supplies.
Many sewing supplies can be made at home. Sewing machine covers, pincushions and bias tape can all be made from fabric scraps. Organizers, buttons and sewing kits can be crafted from materials sitting around the house. Even dress forms can be created in just a few hours.
Take a look at some of the links listed below and start saving money today!
Bias Tape And Piping
- Turn A Fat Quarter Into 5 Yds Piping
- How To Make And Use Piping
- Pleased As Punch Piping Tutorial
- Create Your Own Bias Tape Maker Tool
- Printable Bias Tape Maker
- Chinese Knotted Button
- Make Buttons From Shrink Plastic
- Resin Button Tutorial
- Covered Buttons (No Kit Needed)
- Wooden Button How-To’s
- Make Beads Into Decorative Buttons
- Dyed Buttons
- Easy Polymer Clay Buttons Tutorial
- Crocheted Buttons
- Images For Embroidery
- Turn Photos Into Embroidery Patterns
- 1500+ Free Embroidery Patterns
- Free 25 Page Embroidery Book (pdf)
- Pin Woven Fabric Tutorial
- Make Your Own Quilted Fabric
- DIY Lush Embossed Fabric
- Needle Felting Without Wool
- Fabric From Plastic Bags
- How To Make “Faux” Leather
- Fabric From Scrap Thread
- DIY Oil Cloth Fabric Method
- Turn Old Sweaters Into Wool
- Computer Printed Fabric
- Felt Dahlia Flower
- Detachable Flower Embellishment
- How To Make Chiffon Flowers
- Pretty Organza Flowers Tutorial
- Ric Rac Flower Tutorial
- Free Skirt Patterns/Tutorials
- Modern Sewing Patterns
- Free Clothes Patterns/Tutorials
- AllCrafts Sewing Patterns
- Free Dress Patterns/Tutorials
- Simplicity Creative Patterns
- Free Lingerie Patterns/Tutorials
- Free Hat Patterns/Tutorials
- Free Handbag Patterns/Tutorials
- Patterns From Fabric.com
- DIY: Transfter Cloth Labels
- Labels Made From Things In Your Pantry
- Label Tutorial
- How To Make Your Own Labels
- Make A Bow With Tails
- Carve A Styrofoam Hat Blook 1
- Carve A Styrofoam Hat Block 2
- Carve A Styrofoam Hat Block 3
- How To Make A Hat Base
- Make A Molded Hat Block (video)
- Needlebook Tutorial
- Matryoshka Needlecase Tutorial
- How To Make A Needlebook
- How To Make A Felt Needle Book
- Snowman Beaded Needle Case
- Wrist Pincushion
- Candlestick Pincushions
- Tuna Can Pincushions
- Picture Frame Pincushions
- Novelty Pincushion
- Square Deal Pincushion
- Tabletop Ironing Board
- Ironing Board Thread Catcher/Caddy
- Tailor’s Ham Tutorial
- Make An Ironing Board Cover
- Jazzy Ironing Board Cover
- Make Your Own Tailor’s Ham
- Measurement Chart
- Yardage Card
- Fabric Swatch Notebook
- Print Free Graph Paper
- 100’s Of Free Quilting Patterns
- How To Make Silk Ribbon
- Fabric Ribbon How-To
- Dyeing Grosgrain Ribbon
- How To Dye Silk Ribbons
- How To Hand Stamp Ribbon
- D.I.Y. Fabric Ribbon
Sewing Machine Accessories
- Sewing Machine Cover
- Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial
- 30 Minute Thread Catcher
- Sewing Caddy And Pincushion
Sewing Supply Organizers
- Cotton Reel Holder
- Organizing Embroidery Floss
- Ribbon Card Holder
- Embroidery Hoop Wall Storage
- DIY Wall Thread Organizer
- Loops In Soutache Braid
- Pleated-Ribbon Trim
- Faux Feathers From Fabric &Wire
- How To Make Ribbon Trim
- DIY T-Shirt Pom Poms Tutorial
- How To Make Painted Lace
- How To Dye Elastic
- DIY Pattern Weights
- Fabric Covered Sewing Pattern Weights
- Pattern Weights Tutorial
- Make Your Own Pattern Weights
- Make Your Own Stuffing
- Make A Sewing Seam Ripper
- Project Board Tutorial
- Make Your Own Needle Threader
- Make Your Own Iron-Ons
- How To Make Your Own Patches
- Homemade Basting Spray
source: Benjamin Golub
Another delicious recipe from a friend. I sometimes substitute broccoli for the carrots and celery.
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup matzoh meal
1/4 cup oil
Fill a large pot halfway with water. When the water is boiling, add the envelope of onion soup mix, onion, carrots, celery stalks and celery. When water returns to boiling, turn down heat and let simmer for 40 minutes.
While soup is cooking combine eggs, oil and matzoh meal very well. Cover and refrigerate for 40 minutes.
When soup is done cooking shape matzoh meal mixture into small balls and cook in soup for 20 minutes.
A few months ago I posted a recipe for Super Garlicky Yogurt Sauce. Since then, I’ve used the sauce almost every day… on potatoes, noodles and veggies.
But any food, even a yummy one, gets boring if it’s eaten too often. Because of that, I’ve done a little experimenting, and I’ve come up with a delicious and simple variation. I call it Onion-Yogurt Sauce.
So far, I’ve only used the Onion-Yogurt Sauce as a topping for burritos, both plain and mixed with salsa. Both ways were great.
Next, I’m looking forward to trying a dollop as a garnish for my bean soup. I’m guessing the result will be wonderful.
Note: I tried this sauce with broccoli and it was delicious!
Annette’s Onion-Yogurt Sauce
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 -1 teaspoon olive oil (optional)
3-4 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
1 green onion, finely chopped
salt, to taste
Combine all ingredients. Serve immediately or allow time for flavors to meld.
source: Cambridge Brewing Co.
We make a lot of sandwiches over at our house. They’re fast, easy and we eat them when we don’t have time to make a “real” meal. Sandwiches are our version of convenience food.
Here are some of my favorite sandwich ideas:
Powerhouse – Toast an onion bagel. Slather on nice mustard, nice cheese, lettuce, tomato and bean sprouts.
Bagel with Cream Cheese and Veggies – Spread cream cheese on a bagel. Top with slices of onion, tomato, cucumber and green pepper.
Veggie Burger – Prepare veggie burger according to package directions. Serve on bagel with onion, lettuce, tomato, pickle and green pepper slices. Optional: mayo, mustard, ketchup, cheese.
Pizza Something – Place pizza sauce and shredded cheese on a bagel, pita or sub roll. Bake until cheese is melted.
Cheese Italian Sub – Wrap a sub roll in foil and heat up in oven. When warm, spread with lots of mayonnaise and Italian dressing. Layer with tomatoes, onions, chopped olives, thinly sliced green pepper and chopped pickles. Top with slices of good cheese.
This recipe for Vegetarian Nachos is super easy and super delicious. Once you taste these, you are going to want to make them all the time.
shredded mozzarella cheese
Place a single layer of chips on a microwavable plate (there can be a slight amount of overlap). Sprinkle lightly with salsa. Sprinkle lightly with cheese. Microwave on high for 40 to 80 seconds, depending on the strength of your microwave.
Vegetarian Nacho Variations
Vegetarian Nachos with Onion and Olives: Sprinkle chips with finely chopped onions and olives before adding other ingredients
Vegetarian Nachos with Chili Beans: Mix a can of drained chili beans into the salsa before sprinkling onto chips.
Vegetarian Nachos with Other Cheeses: Substitute shredded cheddar or american cheese for the mozzarella, if none is available.
source: Lachlan Donald
I think I got this recipe from the packaging on a disposable aluminum pan.
1 pound cottage cheese
8 oz. mozzarella cheese
4 oz. parmesan cheese
1 pound lasagna noodles (there will be leftovers)
Don Pepino Spaghetti Sauce (can substitute other sauces)
Mix together all of the cottage cheese and most of the mozzarella and parmesan. In a baking pan layer sauce, noodles, sauce, cheese mixture, noodles, sauce, cheese mixture, noodles, sauce and the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Add 1/2 cup water, cover and cook at 350 degrees for 1 1/4 hours. Let sit 15 minutes before serving.
source: I Believe I Can Fry
This Cheese Spread recipe has evolved so much throughout the years, that it is no longer anything like the original.
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 – 2 flat tablespoons cream cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped pimento stuffed olives
garlic powder (to taste)
onion powder (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
Using your hands, mix all ingredients until well blended. You want the mixture to be very stiff, so add as little cream cheese as possible. Serve as is, or roll the cheese into a log. Serve with a variety of crackers.
When I was in 8th grade, we made paper bead jewelry in art class. The beads came out looking childish and the jewelry looked homemade. I was turned off of paper bead jewelry for the next 30 years.
Recently, however, there seems to be a Renaissance in paper bead jewelry on the internet. New techniques make the beads look nicer and the jewelry turns out cool looking. My interest has been renewed.
Here are some links to paper bead jewelry resources. I hope they inspire you too.
Bead Making Instructions
- Round Paper Beads How-To’s
- Making Paper Beads
- Measure And Cut Paper Beads
- Granny’s Paper Beads
- Another Paper Beads Tutorial
- DIY Paper Beads
- Beads From Security Envelopes
- Saucer Bead Tutorial
- Wire Wrapped Paper Beads
Paper Bead Jewelry Instructions
- DIY Tribal Necklace
- Paper Bead Dangle Earrings
- DIY Pyramid Earrings
- Paper Bead Jewelry – Necklace
- Paper Bead Jewelry – Key Fob
- Paper Bead Hemp Jewelry
- Paper Bead Bracelet How-To’s
- Knotting With Paper Beads
- Paper Bead Necklace Tutorial
- Bobby Pins (pictured above)
Paper Bead Instructional Videos
- Cha Cha Beads Bracelet
- Fancy Paper Bead Tutorial
- Glazing Paper Beads
- European Style Paper Beads
- How To Make Paper Beads
- DIY Saucer Beads/Bell Beads
- Paper Bead Jewelry Video
Other Paper Beads Projects
- Charming Paper Bead Cards
- Paper Bead Christmas Ornament
- Paper Bead Angels
- Bead Purses (inspiration only)
- How To Make A Paper Bead Flower
- DIY Bead Covered Vase
- Paper Bead Curtains Tutorial