The Shady Porch: Mesh Bag - Earth Day Challenge - Monday

4.16.2012

Mesh Bag - Earth Day Challenge - Monday

In case you missed earlier Earth Day Challenge posts, you can see them here - Suncatcher Vase, Cell Phone Holder for Charging, DIY Desktop Organizer, and Bird Cabin aka Bird House!

Mesh Pot Scrubber
I am so excited about doing the Earth Day Challenge this week! I love being creative and, of late, I have not had the time to do much creative crafting. When I saw that Earth Day was approaching,  I decided to take the time this week and challenge myself to be creative and find a new purpose for items we would normally discard.  I am not a fanatic when it comes to being environmentally conscious, but I do believe we are suppose to be good stewards in all that we've been given.

Last night, I rescued a mesh bag that originally held oranges from the trash. Initially, I thought this would be a great beach bag to hold our sunglasses, lotions, combs, etc. The sand would fall right through the mesh and, if I did need to rinse things off, not a problem...I could rinse bag and all.
Ripping the produce label off the mesh bag

However, when I started ripping off the orange produce label it was not coming off cleanly and I thought the bag looked kinda tacky, so on to idea number two! The next idea was a simple mesh pot scrubber. We buy mesh pot scrubbers at our house anyway, so this would be very useful in our kitchen. The mesh is not too coarse and will not scratch my pots and pans, either. It probably took less than 10 minutes to make too!

To make the pot scrubber - 

  1. Cut the end off of the bag and roll it down on itself to create a mesh circle. 
  2. Now, to sew it. Take a length of fishing line, thread it through a needle, and tie a knot.  I did a doubled line and knotted the end of it (a line about 18-20 inches). 
  3. Next I wanted to stitch around the circle and then pull it tight, much like making a yo-yo rosette. I stitched any other areas that needed to be tightened down, and that was all there was to it. I now have a mesh pot scrubber for no $ and the mesh bag will not go into the garbage just yet. 
I know it may sound hokey, but it feels really good to rescue something from the garbage and make something useful out of it! I'm smiling!  






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