Thursday, January 17, 2013

Repurposing the Ubiquitous Altoids Tin

 Remember when I demonstrated how to fold an vast amount of bias tape quickly? Well, if you've started making lots of it and have it coming out your ears like some woman I know, you might be wondering just how to keep it from becoming a tangled mess.

The obvious answer is "wrap it around something. But what?
A piece of cardboard, like commercial bias tape is packaged, leaves those obnoxious creases in your special bias tape. This is why I don't use a flat piece of cardboard.

A cardboard tube such as is I the center of a roll of paper towels (or toilet paper) works much better, but it's garbage day, and the recycling has already been picked up, so I needed something better. Enter the ubiquitous Altoids tin. I can never seem to toss them in the recycling bin, they're just so handy! So, there's usually an empty one floating around my house.

I simply inserted one end into the tin, closed it, and wound the bias tape around it, then secured with a pin.

Easy Peasy

I like that it isn't going to crease my hard-earned bias tape, and I like that I can stack them in my sewing closet a little better than rolls around tubes. Alright, I admit I also like it because it's an excuse to expanding my Altoids tin collection.

Happy sewing!

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