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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pet & Kid Toilet Paper Guards {a marmie invention}

Once again I am at my wits end! 

Georgia's kitty, Lola, is obsessed with the toilet paper rolls in the house.  She rips them to shreds and makes such a mess let alone the annoyance of cleaning it up, the expense and not having any toilet paper.  So, finally one day I decided that I had to come up with something to save our toilet paper.

I looked up online for toilet paper guards but couldn't really find anything that would work or that was really inexpensive.  I did see a full plastic case that is mounted on the wall over the toilet paper and it has a little door to open.  But, I thought that was overkill and costly.

I like free stuff and things I can make myself.

This is what I came up with.  I used some scrap fabric and elastic and made a shower cap for the toilet paper.

I suggest thinner cottons to use so it will be easier to sew onto the elastic.  Each one I made was a little different dimensions due to the type of toilet paper holder that I have in each bathroom.

1) I cut a piece of elastic ranging in 8" to 12" long depending on how wide each holder was.  Then you sew the ends together of the elastic to create a circle.

2) Cut out a round piece of fabric with a diameter of 6" to 8" again depending on toilet paper holder.  Fold the circle up to form a cone and then cut the circle out.  It doesn't need to be perfect.

3) Then using a zigzag stitch, sew the fabric onto the elastic.  You have to stretch the elastic as you go and fold pleat the fabric circle to fit around elastic.  You can also pin it if you prefer.

4)  You can leave it like this or fold this unfinished end over and sew it again to have a more finished edge.

5) Install over toilet paper and watch and wait!  I will report back in a week or two for an update.

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