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How to Make Authentic Oilcloth

by M.E. Gray

Learn how to make oilcloth fabric

Why do they call it oil cloth? What is currently being sold in stores as oilcloth is actually made from cotton fabric covered with a petroleum-based coating. However, genuine oilcloth (the real thing grandma had on her kitchen table) is made from cotton, canvas, or linen fabric coated in linseed oil. The fabric can be dyed or printed before the linseed treatment, and the oil gives it a water-resistant surface. Genuine oilcloth (also known as oilskin) is biodegradable in a landfill. The "real" oilcloth sold in stores today is made from PVC or polyvinyl chloride, and as such does not break down in a landfill.       

 

Here's how to make oilcloth, the old-fashioned way: 

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5-Minute DIY! Update any Pillow with Floral Patches

by Holly Wade

5-Minute DIY! Update any Pillow with Floral Patches

It's strange to see 90s styles coming back to life, but I'm loving the nostalgia it brings and how it's evolved. Patches are back in style but not just the novelty ones you iron onto jean jackets. Today's patches come in so many different styles, including intricate floral applique patches that are often used around clothing necklines. Instead of using those patches for their intended use, I thought they'd be perfect for outlining the corners of a pillow! This project was so easy to make that I finished in just 5 minutes.

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How to Repair the Webbing on a Vintage Mid-Century Chair

by Jennifer Farley

Replace Old Rubber Webbing Mid Century Chair

A vintage mid-century chair is always a great find. Unfortunately, the affordable ones are usually in bad condition, and they get passed up by many buyers because it's intimidating to figure out where or how to fix them. Last winter I bought a mid-century chair at an estate sale for $15, with broken webbing, and worn-out cushions. But the structure of the chair was in excellent condition. If you find one like this, don't pass it up! The webbing much easier to repair than you might suspect. Here's how to do it ...   

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Make Quick, Easy Embroidered Wall Art With This Secret Weapon: The Punch Needle!

by M.E. Gray

How to embroidery easy wall art using our new favorite tool!

I've been crafting for a fairly long time (I won't say how long because I don't want to date myself). In all my years of making stuff I can't believe it took me this long to discover the embroidery tool I'm using to create this easy wall art. I first stumbled across this technique on social media. Someone had posted a "Work in Progress" video, and they were causally punching away at some fabric, creating embroidered lines at breakneck speed. After some internet searching, I was able to locate what is currently my favorite tool: Everyone, meet the punch needle.

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How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

by Holly Wade

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

As the warm weather continues to emerge, I'm looking forward to spending more time outdoors and enjoying our front porch. Last summer, we purchased inexpensive metal chairs, but since metal is not very comfortable to sit on, I finally got around to making a set of leave printed chair cushions. The best part is you can sew outdoor chair cushions in 30 minutes or less with a few specific materials and this envelope style pillow case. 

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The Three Easiest Ways to Make a Simple Market Tote Bag

by Holly Wade

Three Ways to Make an Upcycled Market Bag

I'm a sucker for a farmer's market or swap meet, and I've become very aware of bringing my own bags since California passed a law requiring you to pay for plastic bags at grocery stores. To use the materials I already had, I found three super simple ways to make an upcycled market bag: use stuff I already have! This transforms standard items into something practical using minimal cuts and sewing. 

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Make It! Simple + Stylish Leather Headphone Organizer

by Holly Wade

DIY Round Leather Headphone Organizer

I use my headphones every day, and I carry them to work in my purse, where, despite my best efforts to roll them up carefully, they inevitably intertwine into a balled-up mess. To prevent my headphone from becoming consistently tangled, I made this simple round leather headphone organizer that stores my lightly coiled headphones and slips easily into my purse or just as easily into a large pocket.  

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Pack your Lunch in Style: Easy Reusable Fabric Lunch Bag

by Holly Wade

Pack your Lunch in Style: Easy Reusable Fabric Lunch Bag

Remembering to pack my lunch is a constant struggle. I don’t think I’ve even had an actual lunch bag for years, but it turned out that all I needed to get me motivated to pack my lunch again was a pretty lunch bag. This easy-to-sew stylish lunch bag is great for adults – I used fun fabric to make a lunch bag that I would want to remember to bring, and it didn’t take me long at all.

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How to: Make These Simple + Stylish DIY Geometric Pillows

by Jeran McConnel
How to: Make These Simple + Stylish DIY Geometric Pillows
Photo: Jeran McConnel

I can't get enough of graphic grid patterns.  It's a clean, less busy version of plaid. Add a grid pattern to a space, and it instantly seems modern and current. I few months ago I hand drew an entire wall in a grid pattern. Ever since, I've been on the hunt for all for more grid patterns to add to my home. These bold pillows in a classic black and white grid are sure to stand out in any space.

             

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How to: Easy and Adorable DIY Pet Portrait Christmas Ornament

by Jennifer Farley

DIY Printed Pet Christmas Ornament

This holiday season, a group of the Curbly writers decided to team up and each of us created a simple and stylish new Christmas ornament. We're calling it the "Curbly Ornament Challenge" but there's not much competition involved...just a lot of fun, seasonal crafting. See all of the ornaments here.

 

My Christmas tree is filled with my pictures and things that represent everyone in my family. This year I decided to make a little ornament with a sweet picture of my dog. Piper, my Vizsla is getting older but she is well loved and I can't believe we have nothing representing her on our tree. I love these pet photo pillows so here is how I made an ornament version for my tree.  

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Gift Guide: How to Assemble Your Own Creative Gift Kits

by Faith Provencher

DIY Gift Giving Kits

Gift giving can be difficult. It's hard to know what someone wants or even what someone already has. But one thing's for sure... if you're buying for a DIY-loving friend, they're probably interested in trying a new craft. So today we're sharing a different kind of gift guide - one that will help you assemble kit-style gifts for ten of our favorite crafty hobbies.    

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Five Stylish DIY Christmas Decor Projects You Can Make For Less Than $15

by Jennifer Farley

5 Decor Projects Under $15 using Amazon Prime

It's a harsh reality: we all want to do Christmas decor DIYs, but the busy holiday season is always packed family and friends. We want to spend money to "deck the halls" but are saving our pennies to buy Christmas gifts. Hopefully this post will be sweetness to your eyes, ears, wallets, and Christmas decorations. Today I'm sharing five simple DIY Christmas decor projects that can each be had for less than $15, and all the materials are available on Amazon Prime! Now you can make your home festive, save your money for that new/old Nintendo NES Classic for you kid (err, I mean, husband), and have another reason to stay in your flannel PJs longer. Read on to see all the projects ...     

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Gift Guide: Don't Give Junk to Children - 30 Quality, Handmade, and Stylish Toys for Kids

by Lidy Dipert

Gift Guide: Don't Give Junk to Children - 30 Quality, Handmade, and Stylish Toys for Kids

Christmas is just around the corner and we are trying to get organized this year by planning ahead! When it comes to shopping for your kids, it can get a little tiring seeing those same old plastic, cheap toys you try really hard to avoid buying year after year. But what choice do you really have when you haven't a clue what's out there? Well, you're just in luck! We made a fantastic list of quality, handmade and stylish toys for infants...

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