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drawstring bagThreading a lost drawstring through your favorite pair of sweatpants can be a mite peevish, but Lisa made it easy by teaching us how to coax a wayward drawstring back into place. Lisa's tips are wonderful, but for me, they don't always work for a string that is too far gone.

Happy Zombie has a neat trick to thread a drawstring, using a cheap letter opener. The author purchased a letter opener at her local Safeway for 99 cents. She knotted a ribbon to one end of the letter opener, fastened a safety pin to the other end of the ribbon and the drawstring, and found herself with an excellent way to thread a drawstring bag.

As Lisa reminded us in her post; to prevent the loss of a drawstring when washing and drying the item, pin the strings to the fabric of the item with safety pins first, or tie knots big enough that the drawstring can't back up. You'll be happy you did. I am sure you already know it is a serious pain trying to get a drawstring out of its hiding place.

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  • M.E. Williams

    Oh! but be sure the safety pins are rust-proof! I once safety-pinned a spot on an expensive sweater I'd had for a month that was starting to unravel. It rusted when I sent it through the wash, and I went from trying to fix the stitch that wanted to ladder to trying any and every rust remedy on that spot.

    (I never wore the sweater again.) :(

  • Anna S.

    Excellent suggestion for using rust-proof safety pins, M.E., and thanks for letting us know. What a bummer about your sweater, I hope you found one to replace it.

  • M.E. Williams

    I'd bought two! :) The black one was shot, but I still have the avocado green one, several years later.

  • Lynn DeGrazia

    Great idea! you could also use a Quick Drawstring Threader to save time. One repair and it pays for itself.. Go Green and rethread your drawstrings ..

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