Curbly reader Chrissann sent me a link to her awesome DIY pillow idea recently and I am SO glad she did! It is the single most creative (and cute) repurposing project I have ever seen. Also? Her "before and after" photos totally cracked me up:
This month we're talking about cleaning and organization, so we're doing a few surveys to get an idea of how clean and organized you guys are (or aren't). Last week, we asked about your general cleaning habits and frequency, and today's installment is about that most dreaded of household chores: the laundry.
Read on to cast your vote!
All right, now that Valentine's Day is over, we can look ahead to the next holiday. Do you do anything for President's Day? If you feel like participating in some festivity, here's a wearable celebration.
Today I'm going to teach you how to make a stylish convertible dress in just fifteen minutes. Really. It requires only four seams, and looks deceptively simple before you put it on; the success of the dress lies in the way you wrap the ribbon around your body. This project is easy enough for almost anyone to do - all you need to know is how to sew in a straight line.
My apologies for this diversion from the regular Curbly diet, but I just HAD to post this Lined Paper Tee by Maybe Matilda, aka Rachel. For anyone who loves school supplies in general and paper specifically, it is a MUST make. Here's what we need to make one, all of which we probably already have
French clothier All-Tribes created this awesome, short video that shows us how to create a tool for perfect and super fast t-shirt folding.
No one would guess that this cute summery top started out as a man's shirt! CommonThreads keeps the button-up front and adds straps and a bit of elastic to top it off. I particularly like the supplies list
If you've ended up on the non-NBC side of last week's titantic Tonight Show decision, then show off your pride with this DIY "Team Conan" t-shirt. Designed by yarnstress Vickie Howell (on whom I have a not-even-a-little-bit-secret crush), it's as easy as download, transfer, and color.
- Plain T-shirt
- Tulip Fabric Markers
- Transfer Paper & Pencil
- Conan Template (see below)
- Masking Tape
The craft and DIY blogosphere has featured TWO tutorials for creating one-of-a-kind iron-on transfers. Using varying types of fusible fabric, both Rice Babies and Cookie magazine will have you customizing your clothes, bags, and bedding with all sorts of imagery.
Two professors--one of fashion, the other of science--teamed up to fabricate melting fabric which was then used to make high-end couture-type togs. The dresses are part of a UK touring fashion exhibit entitled 'Wonderland'. The dresses, made of a polymer, are dipped into vessels of water and left to 'melt' into a gel-like substance that can be used to germinate seeds.
This easy no-sew, no-knit hand-printed scarf project makes a perfect and perfectly easy gift for everyone on your list. And since they cost under $2.00 to make, you can create one to match every coat and outfit in their closet.
Last week on Top Design, guest judge and my favorite OCD sufferer Jeff Lewis made the observation that one could match the designers’ rooms to what they wore to the judging. For instance Nathan rocked an edgy sport coat which just added to his sensuality (although last week his room sort of lacked both, except for the nails);
Ondine was lovely in a gathered skirt and simple top, a reflection of her graphic yet feminine black and white...
Here's a clear chart for intepreting and deciphering those cryptic and esoteric little pictures on your fabric tabs... Keep the codebreaking out of the laundry room....well, unless you're inclined to do puzzles while you do the wash, then best of luck! Via.
Skreened.com fulfills not only the American, but the ultimate, international dream of all humankind: to have anything you could ever desire printed on a t-shirt.
Forget your iron? Dissatisfied with the harmful chemicals in commercial products? Then, mix up your own.
- 1 tsp fabric softener
- I cup distilled water.
Add the ingredients to a small spray bottle and mix to combine. Spray and hang.
"Canadian Craftster" Kansas A offers an excellent how-to for hemming jeans. The thick denim and triple or even quadruple layers of seams can often lead to broken needles. She does use a serger, but that shouldn't limit you from giving it a try.
Proving that even the most pedestrian things–like clothes hanging on a wash-line–can be reinterpreted into something extraordinary is this art installation by Kaarina Kaikkonen as seen on the streets of Helsinki. Via deputy-dog. (Photo credit of ‘Shadow’: Gari Baldi)
Garments seems to inspire Ms. Kaikkonen.
Somehow, in the gravy making marathon of Thanksgiving 2007, I got splattered with a bit of olive oil. I feared not, however, for I knew there were good tidings of a great DIY solution.
1.Simply lay out your clothing on a flat surface where it won't be disturbed.
2.Liberally sprinkle baby powder onto the spot.
3. Allow it to sit for 24 hours. Shake clean, or use masking tape to remove the powder. If the stain is still present, simply repeat the...
Your body is unique. Here's four tutorials from Threads magazine, with instructions to create an exact replica of your own torso
Once finished, stick one on an adjustable microphone stand or an old floor lamp to mimic your own height.
Even if you're not one to sew your own dresses, make one anyway. There's bound to be all kinds of uses. Post 'em in the...