We recently adopted a puppy from our local shelter (http://www.apsofdurham.org/) and decided to 'adopt' the shelter for a concerted donation effort this year. We started a  by making some fun chew toys for the dogs and cats by using some scraps from our tarning process (tarn is yarn made from t-shirt strips).

_Kristina wanted the tarn for a rug project but the scraps were fair game! We added a strip from a pair of jeans we cut up for other projects for extra strength and thickness and added a few t-shirt or golf shirt hems. We knotted one end and braided the strips together, knotting it at the other end. Layla loves these!! She runs around the yarn tossing hers in the air. Too cute!!
(you can see a couple tarn balls to the side there)

We had some smaller hem and scrap pieces so we stacked those and made knots in the middle. We are thinking these would be good for the small dogs, puppies and possibly for the cats to play with.

BTW: If you are looking for a new family member please visit your local animal shelter to adopt a wonderful new addition there and give a dog or cat a new forever home. If you are not interested in adopting a new pet at this time but want to donate time or needed items, visit or call your local shelter to see their needs. According to the shelter here they always need volunteers to help with the animals and pet food is always in short supply.

_  I love the look of fabric flowers and always wanted to make some so after we were tarned out, we grabbed some of our cloth scraps from the Scrap Exchange and made some!

I surfed the internet for some tutorials and we made several types of flowers after reading over a couple of the sites linked at tip junkie (great site): http://www.tipjunkie.com/fabric-flower-tutorials/

_ We haven't finished these yet (still have to sew on the felt and then attach to headbands or pins).  After the first one or two we got the hang of it and could make a flower pretty quickly. I think we ended up with about 14 of the flowers in several different styles.

Even though you have to sew or use hot glue, this would still be a fun and inexpensive eco friendly project you could do with your child or as a school project. As a bonus, the flowers can be used to decorate anything!! Let us know if you have a fav flower or any more uses for fabric scraps!

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