Making it Work
tips and Ideas to do yourself: Living with what you have
If you are like me, when your kids are older but still in diapers, you like having an emergency diaper and wipes just in case they have an accident or a random poop, but hate having to haul around a big ol' diaper bag everywhere. Having one in the car is one thing, but having to pack that thing around the store, through the library or when you go on a walk to the park, when you hardly ever need it,except for that one random time, gets to be a much bigger hassel than its worth.
Hence, my invention!
It's really just one of those cute-handy-little-plastic diaper wipe bags that you can find at Walmart or target or pretty much anywhere you can buy huggie diaper wipes. I took the initiative to tape some black duct tape to the back, to add an extra pocket for a diaper or two.
It's really quite slim and easy to carry! The perfect size for those quick trips!
Curious on how to make it?
All you need is some black duct tape (or any color you want to make it.)
Step 1: Cut or rip off 3 strips of duct tape that are the same length as the bag. Put them together, sticky-side up, so the entire back side of the bag is covered.
Step 2: Cut 3 more strips of tape that are 1/2" longer than the first on both sides
Step 3: Put the longer tape, sticky side down, on top of the first ones. Leaving 1/2" overlap on each side and on the bottom. (It's okay to have some leftover sticky hanging out up on the top. You will fold that part back over the rest after you fasten it.)
Step 4: Fasten the sides and bottoms to the bag and fold over the top so there's no sticky anywhere on the back.
Step 5: Reach your hand in the pocket and check for any sticky spots along the sides and the bottom of the pocket when you pull it out. If there is, just stick a little more tape to the sides from the inside so it is smooth inside and out.
Step 6: If you want a strap to go over the top; rip off two more pieces of tape (if you want a thinker strap) and tape them together. If you want a smaller strap, just rip off one strip and fold it in half lengthwise.
Step 7: Fasten the strap to the backside so it's the right length for you.
Step 8: Rip off a small piece of tape so it's the same length as the width of your strap, or a tad bit longer. Fasten that piece to the front of the bag so that the strap can fit snug under it without getting stuck.
TA-DA! You're done! Now just put a diaper or two in the pocket and pull the strap tight over it.
And it is still just as easy to refill with wipes!
This makes the perfect size emergency carry for your toddler or older baby to keep with you anywhere you need to go!
Find it handy? Want some other ideas or have some of your own that you would like to share? Let me know below in the comments.
Some of my other ideas, if you are wanting to do something a little different:
*Instead of an outside pocket, try putting one on the inside. The diaper will still stay dry, but you will have a smaller bag altogether.
*For the fastener, try double sided velcro (or magnets), both on the strap and on the front side for a faster, easier closing.
Have you ever been in the middle of craft and you thought you had all the items you needed and then half way through you find out you are missing a key component?
I did that today!
I was making a creation wheel for my daughter for preschool, since, this week in ABCJesuslovesme we're going through the days of creation. Well, I had everything cut out, colored and glued together just to find out I was missing a brad.
You know that gold looking thing you poke through a hole and then flip out on the opposite side, so things will actually spin and yet hold together?
I scrummaged through everything I had---zilch-nada! I looked once again through my office drawer and the only thing I could find that was even close was tacks.
How was I supposed to make that work?
Then a wonderful idea came to me.
An earring back!
I could stick a small round tack through and then just put an earring back on it.
The first one I tried didn't work very well, but the second one worked great!
It may not lay super flat, but it works for me. I am usually holding it up as I'm teaching anyways.
So there you have it.
If you're out of brads and really don't want to go to the store to buy any; just stick a tack through and pinch on an earring back. It works like a charm.
Garbage Disposals. I have lived without them. I have lived a few years with them. Every rental is different and we have had multiple throughout our four short years being married. I never realized how much I would miss those handy, loud, sometimes frightening beasts, until I was used to using one and then suddenly didn't have one anymore.
It didn’t take me long to readjust, as I never grew up in a house that had one, but my husband on the other hand did. So I didn’t think it would be a big deal, until I found egg shells, peelings and all sorts of grossness stuck in the bottom of the sink that I had to scrape out by hand.
A PLASTIC BAG
That’s right, a common, stick in any possible place, sometimes annoying, plentiful, useful plastic bag.
Put one handle over the sink faucet putting the bag in one sink and spinning the faucet over the other. Then peel away in the open bag and rinse off, whatever your pealing, freely in the other. Then when you’re done just take the bag off and throw it away. Problem solved. No mess. No dirty, icky hands. No inconvenience. My favorite part, coming from working in a small kitchen, is that it frees up counter space and eliminates the back and forth juggle between washing things off and pealing.
May not be the most environmentally thoughtful solution, but sometimes you have to work with what you have. If you have a backyard compost, instead of dumping it in the trash, turn the bag inside out over your compost pile and “TADA!” easy enough.