Tag Archives: re-purpose

Feed sacks to rugs

I recently inherited over a hundred old feed sacks made of muslin fabric.  They had been washed but I gave them another good bath in really hot water to get them good and clean and to get rid of the aroma of being packed away for a very, very long time.  They held up marvelously and now I have a huge treasure to do something with.  They are not white but sort of beige/peach/pink shade of fabric.

This is a large basket holding the sacks after they've been washed and ready to cut in strips.

This is a large basket holding the sacks after they’ve been washed and ready to cut in strips.

I love to crochet and have decided to use some of the sacks to make some bath rugs.  I can always dye them to suit the decor of the room or possibly bleach them to a lighter shade.

First, I cut the sacks into a continuous 3/4″ strip of cloth and wind them into a ball which gives me a 3″-4″ ball for each sack.

Three of the sacks have been stripped and rolled into balls to make handling the strips with ease as I crochet.

Three of the sacks have been stripped and rolled into balls to make handling the strips with ease as I crochet.

I’ve decided to use a single crochet stitch for the first one and use the back of the stitch for the pattern.  If you crochet you know what I’m talking about and it give the line of stitches a “layered” look.  For a 4 x 5 bath rug it takes about six balls of the fabric and I think it turned out pretty nice.

I use a wooden size N crochet hook and single crochet.  I make enough stitches to make a 48" rug this time.  Notice the different shades of beige/peach in the sacks.

I use a wooden size N crochet hook and single crochet. I make enough stitches to make a 48″ rug this time. Notice the different shades of beige/peach in the sacks.

They’ll be sturdy and wash up nice and last FOREVER!  They’re also thick enough that it’ll feel nice to step out of the shower onto it.  It took about four nights, an hour at a time to finish the rug.  The best part is you can put it down to take phone calls, do some laundry, give some attention to Sassy or most anything and go right back to it without missing a stitch.

Almost finished, need to add one more ball of sack strips.

Almost finished, need to add one more ball of sack strips.

I've rotated the different shades of sack strips in this rug and used 6 balls.  One ball contains one sack.  Finished rug.

I’ve rotated the different shades of sack strips in this rug and used 6 balls. One ball contains one sack. Finished rug.

All I need to do now is square up the rug which is so easy to do with this fabric.  I just stretch the sack out and spray with lukewarm water and as it dries  the shape retains itself.  I don’t think I”ll dye this one and will make two more in the same design and color to use in the bathroom.  I keep a rug in front of the shower, sink and the camode.

I think the next group of three, I’ll make my fabric strips a little more narrow and see if I get the same look and feel.  I’d also like to make a couple of aprons from the sacks.  There’s so many uses for a good quality fabric to re-purpose.

 

Handmade Knives

My kitchen has every kind of knife you could possibly ever need or use and a lot of them are handmade by my husbands Uncle Holl.  The knives stay sharp but most of them are larger knives so I have to buy smaller paring knives.  I usually buy them online at LEM’s and they are a very good quality knife.  Here are some photos of the knives that Uncle Holl made:

Knives made by Uncle Holl

Knives made by Uncle Holl

The handles are made from wood he cut at the farm.  The blades were made from steel he had on the farm as well.

The handles are made from wood he cut at the farm. The blades were made from steel he had on the farm as well.

This is a handmade knife holder that was made at the farm as well.

This is a handmade knife holder that was made at the farm as well.

I have three of the cases hanging in my kitchen.

I have three of the cases hanging in my kitchen.

Close up of the knife I use the most.

Close up of the knife I use the most.

Bigger butcher knife

Bigger butcher knife

We have two knives that a friend of ours made and the handle is made from a deer antler and the jaw bone of a black bear.  The paring knife fits my hand perfectly and the one from the bear jar will be place in the living room on an easel for everyone to see.

Paring knife with a deer antler used for the handle.

Paring knife with a deer antler used for the handle and made by Mike Duncan.

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Knife with a bear jaw handle.

Knife with a bear jaw handle made by Mike Duncan.

Handmade case for the knife

Handmade case for the knife

The bear jaw had lost two teeth and the knife maker made teeth to complete the jaw.

The bear jaw had lost two teeth and the knife maker made teeth to complete the jaw.

Just goes to show you can re-purpose almost anything.

What to do with a chair

I have a regular wooden chair without a bottom and short legs that I salvaged out of an old building.  What to do?  What to do?

I think it needs some major cleaning, restoring and a SEAT!

I think it needs some major cleaning, restoring and a SEAT!

Short little green chair

Short little green chair

I hate to tease but the finished project will show up within the next thirty days!!  Any suggestions?  I don’t think you will recognize it.

What to do with those food scraps?

Most of the scraps from our table or during food preparation is placed in a bucket and fed to the chickens or given to the hounds along with their regular feed.  But, there are some scraps that can be re-purposed, especially during the winter months when there’s no garden growing.  Re-purpose, I love that word!! 🙂

To re-purpose, all you have to do  the next time you buy a bunch of celery at the grocery store, cut the bottom off the bunch and set it in a bowl of warm water and place the bowl in a sunny spot.  In less than two weeks you’ll notice little flecks of green coming up through the stem/root.  It will continue to grow but when it gets about four inches tall you put it in a flower-pot. I’ll be placing this little jewel in a 6″ – 8″ inch pot of good potting soil this weekend and watch it really take off.  

Growing fast!

Growing fast!

 

 

 

 

In the next photo, last weekend I took some bottoms cut from green onions and placed them in some potting soil in an egg carton.  Yesterday I noticed they were sprouting just like the celery.  I mist them with warm water every night and I have them sitting in front of a sunny window.

green onion scraps

green onion scraps

 

They grow so fast.

They grow so fast.

Little green onions in the dead of winter.

Little green onions in the dead of winter.

celery re-growth

celery re-growth

This is the last celery root I started and you can already see the green sprouting.  Can you really ever have too much celery?

I’ll post how they’re doing in a couple or three weeks.  Won’t it be great not having to add this to my grocery list in the winter time?!?!