When I first saw the latest bag closures on Lundberg rice and some Bob's Red Mill packages, I was intrigued. Why? Because these are using the same idea of the Velcro locking system instead of the traditional
zip-lock type. I started saving these by cutting about 1/4 inch below the locking loops. I stored them away until I could figure out a super good use for them.
It just so happened
that I ran out of Velcro ties (see blue tie in the middle of the picture) for holding my electric cords and ropes and was really in need of either buying more, which I was having a hard time finding, or making up something. Then I remembered the package
closures that I stored away.
As I studied the two items, blue Velcro tie and the pink and beige package zippers, I realized there was a difference. The package zippers were made of the same
loops, they were not different like Velcro where one side is the loop and the other is smooth and fluffy, yet they both fastened securely. I had a ah-ha moment. I can make some cord ties with these.
Here's how it went:
In the photo you will see a beige strip of plastic bag fastener. This is from Bob's Red Mill. There is also a pink one, actually a reddish color, from Lundberg
rice. This one is the finished product holding my electric cord securely.
Open up the strip you cut from the bag by cutting off one end. You will need to fold backward 1-1/2
to 2 inches of the plastic strip so that the smooth sides are touching. In order to keep it in this position, I recommend sewing (zigzag on the sewing machine or by hand), E6000 glue or a staple or two, pretty much anything that will hold the flap up against
the main strip.
Next, cut off any excess edges so that there is only about 1/8 inch of plastic on each side of the zipper material. If you feel the tie is too long, just cut off
what you can't or won't use. I left mine in place just in case I might use it for ropes or extension cords and need the extra length.
In order to use the tie, you will wrap it with
the smooth side against the item being wrapped. When you finish wrapping, you will be back around to the section you sewed together, the thicker end.
I have found that pushing
more firmly on the connection sight is very important, since these don't work exactly like Velcro. However, once they lock in place, they usually stay together really well. Recently I used one of these on some thick electric cording and it wanted
to pull apart, but I kept wiggling my fingers and using extra pressure and it secured strongly.
So, don't throw away everything. Sometimes there is a helpful item just waiting to be invented
and this one is pretty easy. Thank you, Abba!