This morning as Leo, Ella and Ferris were playing a game of hide and seek, they came across a serious problem - the kitchen cupboard (prime hiding spot!) was so full of plastic bags there wasn't enough space to hide!
Leo said passingly that he'd once seen a tube that you could store plastic bags in so they were out of the way. Suddenly, the answer was staring them in the face, they were going to have to make a plastic bag tube!
Ella and Ferris did some research.
While Leo chose the fabric and collected the necessary materials.
As you can probably imagine, using scissors isn't easy when you're only 23cm tall and have no thumbs, so cutting the fabric became a two critter job for Ella and Leo.
Once the cutting was done, Ferris took on the ironing (also not so easy for a small turtle, but pushing the iron from behind did the job). He then pinned the top and bottom seams, as well as the piece of fabric that would become the hanging loop. He thought it could make a rather nice belt, but after trying it on he had second thoughts.
Next on the list was choosing the best thread and threading the sewing machine.
Figuring out how the machine worked was a bit of an ordeal, but they got there in the end.
Ferris fed the fabric through as Ella guided it from the back and Leo stood on the foot pedal.
Once the seams had been sewn it was time to feed the elastic through the top and bottom of the fabric.
Ferris, now the expert pinner, pinned the fabric in preparation of arguable the most important seam, the one that joins the two fabric edges together. Once it had been sewn Ella turned it inside out.
Now the end was in sight! They just had to sew on the loop.
Taddah! Pastic bag tube complete!!!
Time to free the cupboard from plastic bags, which was actually funner than expected!
The cupboard is now the hiding place it was always meant to be, and they could all fit at the same time!
They were very proud of the day's achievements, they feel that appart from reclaiming an awesome hiding spot, they've also contributed to the aesthetic pleasingness of the kitchen.
Leo, Ferris and Ella are all available in my Etsy shop.
Leo the Raccoon
Ferris the Turlte
Ella the Red Panda