I'm always skeptical of "hacks" I see on the internet. Sometimes techniques touted as life hacks can be - well... hacky! On the flip side, we've tested a few hacks here on Curbly before with surprising success. I've seen these two laundry hacks pass through my media feeds a few times, and decided to finally give in and try them out myself. Both are supposed to optimize your dryer. Do they work? Let's find out!
When I was growing up, my mom had a laundry stain treatment that I haven't seen anyone else I know use. Searching a store's laundry aisle for it a few years ago, I came up empty-handed, so I asked her where she found it. "Sometimes it's in the automotive care aisle," she answered, and that is indeed where I spotted one of my favorite stain-treatments.
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.
The moment the temperature outside starts reaching 90º is the same moment I start reaching for my scissors. Not a summer has passed where I haven't cut the sleeves off a tee or turned jeans into jorts (isn't that the best word ever?). With some scissors and a bit of thread, you can turn a boring tee that you may have otherwise thrown out into your new favorite top. There are a million ways to cut up and refashion a t-shirt - here are three of my favorite t-shirt DIY ideas.
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.
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.