Transforming Impractical Items Into Useful Tools #2: Shoe Dust Bags

Anyone actually store their shoes in these?
Anyone actually store their shoes in these?

Here is the second in a series of using forgotten items around your house and transforming them into useful needlework tools.

Shoe dust bags might be used by some on a regular basis, but for me, it’s extra packaging I don’t need — until now.

Instead of keeping my TOMS dust free, which I find funny because they are fairly inexpensive canvas shoes, I use my bag as a project container.

I can fit a multiple skein project in this big bag.
I can fit a multiple skein project in this big bag.

Most shoe dust bags come with a drawstring closure so it is the perfect bag to not only carry your project, but to run your tails through the closed opening while working it.

Now instead of shoving these bags into the corner of my closet, I use them to shove my projects into.

Have any regular household items you’ve transformed into fabulous crochet or knit accessories? Let us know below so we can try them too.

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Transforming Impractical Items Into Useful Tools #1: Souvenir Popcorn Bucket Yarn Holder

We really love Disneyland popcorn!
We really love Disneyland popcorn!

Here is my first in a series of using forgotten items around your house and transforming them into useful needlework tools.

Ever buy that souvenir bucket of popcorn, caramel corn, or whatever your favorite amusement park was hocking? As you can see, I have — a lot.

Though I do actually reuse these to hold the kid’s microwave popcorn, I found another way to use them — yarn holders.

The picture above shows how useful these buckets can be. I have stuffed the bottoms of them to show my balls of yarn for the picture’s sake, but these will easily hold a whole skein of balled, or non-balled up yarn.

The Disneyland buckets also come with reusable tops (not pictured) that snap into place. If you have a drill handy you can punch some holes in the center of those to run your tails through to make managing multiple colors a breeze. Just like the yarntainer below, these buckets will keep your yarn from rolling around your floor and give use to an otherwise forgotten souvenir.

This yarn container costs more than the bucket (with popcorn) and has no nostalgia attached to it.
This yarn container costs more than the bucket (with popcorn) and has no nostalgia attached to it.

So the next time you’re at Disneyland, put down the mouse ears that you’ll never wear outside of the park again and get something really useful — the souvenir popcorn bucket.

Just remember to wash it before you stick the yarn in it.