Do you have a small project–like the Double-sided Button Rick Rack Flower used here as a decorative zipper pull–that you’d like to hang as a decorative zipper pull or wall ornament or tree ornament or attach to something like a gift/package, etc. but you need a way to do so?
Adding a hanging loop is a super simple way to solve that problem and here’s how to do it in 3 easy steps:
|1. CUT a length of string, yarn, narrow ribbon, bakers twine, etc. I usually go with about a 6 – 8 inch length unless I need a longer dangle. If longer dangle is necessary, then cut a longer piece.
Remember, the length of dangle will be 1/2 the length you cut MINUS about 1 inch give or take depending on how close to the end you tie your knot AND whether you are looping around a button (or similar) or through a hole.
|2. KNOT the ends. Make the knot as close to the ends as possible.
|3. ATTACH to your project. Loop the string around (or through–if there is a hole to insert through), then insert the “folded” end of your loop through the strings of the knotted end.
Click image to enlarge picture and view detail. Pull the “folded” end so that the knot disappears behind the button (or on the back side of your flat item if inserting through a hole.)
If you have a small fabric item that you need to add a hanging hole to, you could use an awl to pierce a hole.
Want the pattern for how to make the Double-sided Button Rick Rack Flower shown here? It’s included as a bonus in my StandZa Zip Bags sewing pattern.
Just one 18″ square of vinyl mesh and some rick rack, ribbon, an extra long zipper (recommend ByAnnie’s 4yd package) and two zipper pulls will make 2 Spooky-Sweet Treat Pods of Deliciousness. The ones I made (above) have made fun Halloween candy dishes for my desk and coffee table. They’re virtually un-breakable and they pack away easily.
You’ll need to use zipper yardage for these extra big pods. Cut the zipper several inches longer than the longest side of your triangle (see your Sweetpea Pod pattern for basic cutting instructions).
Also keep in mind– if you’re going to swap out the zipper pulls to a different color than your zipper tape–you must be sure to use the SAME BRAND and SAME SIZE pull as the tape. Test your zipper tape and pulls for compatibility BEFORE using in your project. Not all zipper brands will work.
It’s SEW FAST and SUPER EASY to make super-sized vinyl mesh Sweetpea Pods because you omit the interfacing and lining steps. For the zipper pull strings, I used thin strips of recycled bicycle tube, but you could choose to dangle a spider charm from a jump-ring or use almost anything interesting.
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Mind blowing…that’s what this was for me.
Made in the microwave…no fuss…no muss…no nasty preservatives. You control the salt and all your favorite toppings!
I have a weakness. Yes, quilts, fabric, threads, sewing and bicycles. But no, that’s not what I’m talking about now. I have a major weakness for popcorn. I always have. Salty, crunchy, (sometimes spicy) and always delicious. POPCORN. Make it sweet. Make it spicy. Make it buttery. Make it any way you want.
I. LOVE. POPCORN.
Air popped popcorn just doesn’t cut it for me and who wants to clean up that funky machine?
I love microwave popcorn…ummmmm. Have you ever checked out the ingredients for that stuff? Uggggh.
Stove-top popcorn is awesome, but the cleanup is a hassle.
I need something fast, easy, inexpensive, relatively healthy (and OK…sometimes not so healthy if that’s what I choose) and inexpensive.
So, when I discovered I can make my own microwave popcorn I was…BLOWN AWAY!
Here’s what you need:
- 1 brown paper bag (lunch sack size)
- 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
- OPTIONAL toppings: salt, butter, coconut oil, pepper, spices, caramel or any topping of your choice
THAT’S IT! Can you believe it?
Here’s HOW you do it…OMG it’s too easy:
- Place 1/4 cup popcorn kernels (I prefer organic of any brand, but use your favorite type and brand) in a brown paper lunch bag.
- Fold the bag down about 3 times with approx. 1 inch each fold; creasing firmly with each fold.
- Place in the center of the microwave and close the door.
- Press the “popcorn” button if your microwave has one. If your microwave doesn’t have a “popcorn” button, set it for 4 minutes and LISTEN CLOSELY. After your popcorn has started popping, it will be done when it goes approximately 3 – 5 seconds without making a pop. If you get to the end of 4 minutes and your popcorn hasn’t even started popping you either need fresh popcorn or a new microwave.
- Once popped, pour the popcorn into your favorite bowl and add your favorite toppings.
Enjoy…amazing popcorn. Healthier. Tastier. And at a fraction of the cost.
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