Earth Is Our Home
Charcoal Starter Chimney
3 pound coffee can
1. With a can punch, place holes through the sides of a #10 can
or a 3 lb. coffee can around the bottom edge. Be careful not to punch through
the can seam.
2. Make two holes near the top rim of the can opposite one another. Make a
handle from picture wire, mirror wire or a coat hanger and attach it through the
3. Add shredded newspaper or fire kisses (6"x6" pieces of wax paper filled with
candle shavings and twisted at each end). Make sure that pieces of the paper
stick out of each of the four bottom holes as wicks. Add briquettes to chimney
and light paper.
4. When briquettes are ready, remove with tongs and place where needed.
7 count plastic canvas
plastic canvas needles
Cut plastic canvas:
1 piece - 14 x 91 threads (back & top)
1 piece - 14 x 61 threads (front)
2 pieces - 6 x 61 threads (sides)
2 pieces - 6 x 14 threads (bottom & clasp)
Whip stitch the four long pieces and one of the small pieces together to form a
box (one side of the open end will be much longer than the other three). Attach
the second small piece across the front piece at the 10th thread down from the
open end of the box and stitch along as if small piece was part of the front
piece. (clear as mud?)
Cut 12 threads from outside row on each side of the back piece. This will allow
it to fold over and tuck under the crosspiece (clasp).
Store your cutlery in this box and keep it all together in your mesh bag.
2 Dish washing cloths (the kind that are loosely woven out of
Needle with large eye
Heavy duty thread
Take the two dish washing cloths put them together. Thread the needle with the
heavy thread and tie both ends of thread together so you have a double thread to
use for sewing. Start at one corner of the cloths. Hold the thread knot with one
hand and push needle up through a open loop of the fabric and down through the
next loop with the other hand. Push the needle between the two threads to tie
your sewing thread at the corner. Stitch several more times at that corner to
make sure your thread does not pull out as you sew the two cloths together.
Now, sew the two cloths together on three sides with the heavy duty tread by
pushing the threaded needle through every one of the open loops around the edge
of the cloths. Sew up through a loop, then down through the next one until three
sides are sewn together. Tie off the thread again at this corner by pushing your
needle up and down several times but do not cut your thread. After the thread is
tied off, sew the three sides again but this time if you went up through a loop
the first time go down through it this time. When you get back to the corner you
started from tie off the thread like before. When you finish it should look like
you were weaving the threads around the edge of the cloths.
Cut a 40 inch piece of twine. Separate the pieces of cloth on the open side so
you have a bag. Starting at one corner on the outside of the bag, thread the
twine through all the loops around the top of your bag back to the beginning.
Tie the two ends of the twine to make a draw string for your bag.
Put your mess kit in the drip bag and enjoy.