31 January 2009

Tip of the Day January 31, 2009

I love the fact that most primary schools include swimming lessons as a part of the curriculum for students. What I don't like is the cost of swimming bags or the inconvenience of finding a spare plastic bag for the kids to put their wet things in each week. Today's tip solves that problem once and for all and at a budget price too.

Make a $3 Swimming Bag from a Shower Curtain

My daughter's school sells swimming bags for $12. They are made out of royal blue showerproof nylon with a drawstring at the top and stamped with the school logo. Apart from being overpriced, they are not really waterproof and with swimming in the morning, her school bag was getting wet before she arrived home. This year I have made her a swimming bag out of a $3 nylon shower curtain. I simply measured her bag and then for added water resistance I doubled it so it is two layers thick. A casing hem at the top and I re-cycled the cord out of her old one. It dries quickly and I can even put it in the washing machine with the towels without a problem. I have enough of the material left to make at least one other bag and a couple of small purses. All for just $3! - Contributed by Jan, Glenelg

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