Sorry I haven't been around lately, I think this is the longest I've gone without posting ever since I started this blog a little more than four years ago (yep, I missed my bloggiversary). I've been crafting up a storm, sewing, embroidering and knitting, but it's all been testing patterns for designers so no pictures yet until they give me the go ahead.
But while testing the sewing pattern, I had a 2" x 50" tube that needed to be turned right side out. And after the requisite swearing, trying various sized crochet hooks, and searching in vain for a safety pin, I finally found a quick and easy method to turn that loop. With a tool I have plenty of, readily available. If you have early elementary school-age kids, chances are you have them laying around all over the place, too.
Insert the eraser end into the tube, and hold onto the layer of fabric that is already right side out. Using the friction between the eraser and fabric to your advantage, put gentle pressure downwards and ease the pencil back out. Since I'm right handed, I'm holding onto the fabric tube with my left hand, and pulling the pencil out towards the right.
Hope this made some sort of sense, I'm afraid my photos made more sense to me as I was doing it than it does now that I have them all laid out. If you're ever in a bind though, give this a try, it worked like a charm.