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Sew Yourself a Pair of Shorts in Under an Hour!

by M.E. Russell

How to sew shorts without needing a pattern

I have a really hard time buying shorts. I usually can't find any in the store that I like, because, let's face it - most women's shorts are so short they're actually just denim underwear in disguise. Even if I do find shorts I like, I can't seem to bring myself to pay $25 for an article of clothing that requires so little fabric, and that I'm only going to wear for a few months out of the year. Fortunately, you can sew shorts on your own really easily. I made these without a pattern, got to pick out my own funky and fun fabric, and more importantly, I made them as long as I wanted them to be.     

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Time for Tea: The Ultimate Modern Tea Towel Roundup!

by Capree K

created at: 08/03/2011

My name is Capree and I have a tea towel problem.  It's almost a compulsion really: I am always, ALWAYS finding new tea towels to obsess over.  My head is full of hundreds of these little textile goodies; it's overflowing and needs to be purged!  Luckily for you, this self-initiated intervention is taking the form of a roundup.  I hope you're ready.  And if, at the end of this, you find yourself craving tea towels too, consider yourself warned!  

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How To: Print Your Own DIY Wrapping Paper

by Chris Gardner

created at: 12/15/2010

This year, I'm all over making my own wrapping paper. I've made bold, graphic paper using type, drawn a subtle handmade snowflake design, and adorned plain paper with DIY stamps, but I wanted to do a full-on printed pattern over an entire sheet.   I do know how to screen print, but it's a lot of work for a couple sheets, so I turned to another classic printmaking technique: a carved linoleum block. A contemporary update to woodblock printing...

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How To: Make Hand Printed Mouse Pads

by Chris Gardner

created at: 06/10/2010

At our sister site, ManMadeDIY.com, we're always on the lookout for craft and home décor projects that’ll work from a masculine perspective. But to be honest, the stuff that gets us the MOST excited are gender-neutral projects – you know, those that can be customized to suit any taste, and are accessible to anyone.

created at: 06/10/2010

So, with that in mind, here’s an easy way to whip up a hand-printed mouse pad that avoids all the effort and special equipment of silkscreening, thus fitting another of my favorite crafting categories – quick and easy. If you’re not in need of a mouse pad, no worries – this technique can be translated to all sorts of media, empowering you to put anything you can write, draw, or type onto any surface you please.

created at: 06/10/2010
     

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Curbly Giveaway: Win One of Two 16x20" Canvases Printed with the Artwork of YOUR Choosing!

by Chris Gardner

created at: 03/02/2010

Hi Curbliers! Uprinting.com has come up with a cool new way to print your original photos and artwork directly onto a gallery-wrapped stretched canvas. Which means you can create custom artwork that fits your own interior style and home's decor perfectly.

created at: 05/10/2010

Uprinting has been kind enough to offer a free 16x20" canvas to TWO (2) winners from the Curbly family. Each print has a value of $93.50, comes on a 1.5" wood frame and finished with a...

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Holiday How-To: Cranberry Dye for Holiday Cards.

by Chris Gardner

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What's better than sending a handmade card for the holidays?

Sending a handmade card with ink you made yourself, of course.

From Katherine Sharpe at Readymade: "Britt Browne’s materials are just as essential to her art as her designs. She makes her own ink using homegrown plants, then prints on handmade paper. Here, Britt shares the secret to making greeting-card-ready paper or fabric using the season’s most ubiquitous berry. Learn more about Britt and her work at The Paper Moon Project, and if you’re not in the mood to make your own cranberry dye, you can shop her limited-edition cranberry dyed cards at Soolip."

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12 Ways to Use a Tea Towel.

by Chris Gardner

Studiopatro

Studiopatro is a San Francisco design studio that creates amazing typographic, nature, and geometric-inspired tea towel. Their work is so beautiful you'll want to do way more than simply dry dishes, and thankfully, they've offered twelve ideas to use tea towels in your life and decor.

  • Easy apron
  • Frame-able art
  • Line your tea tray
  • Protect your tender hands 
  • Dry fresh greens
  • Create a cushion
  • Give as gifts
  • Wrap as gift wrap
  • Line your bread basket
  • ...

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Freebie Time: Free, Printable Library Cards, Pockets, and Mini-Notes!

by Chris Gardner

In the DIY design blogosphere, tis always the season for giving: Creature Comforts offers free, download and printable library card pocket templates, standard library cards, and mini-notes. No more description necessary, just go get 'em.

Download library_card_pocket_template.pdf
Download free_standard_library_cards.pdf
Download free_mini_gift_cards.pdf

Via Decor8.

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