My Top 10 Picks in the ReadyMade100 Contest

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

My Top 10 Picks in the ReadyMade100 Contest

The ReadyMade contest is officially closed.  Eight qualified judges will review the entries and come up with a winner. Perhaps I'm not qualified to choose my top ten favorites since I did enter one of my own designs, but I can't help but be impressed with the creativity of all you DIYers and resourceful Makers out there. We should start a club (notice how I included myself in that group). Here are my top 10 favs...I need to show you my entry before you get jaded. 

A new take on my upholstered spool ottoman design:

created at: 12/16/2010

The bench made from old fenceposts.

created at: 12/16/2010

Look at this, a bench made from old scaffolding.

created at: 12/16/2010

A bright reuse of an old fan.

created at: 12/16/2010

A pendant light made out of clothespins.

created at: 12/16/2010

Old Coke crate nightstand.

created at: 12/16/2010

Big table made from old wood.

created at: 12/16/2010

Reusing old legs and a slab of wood to make a small table/stool.

created at: 12/16/2010

And, a flying saucer mobile made out of old CD's and ping pong balls.

created at: 12/16/2010

There are so many entries you need to see for yourself. Check them all out right here.

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DIY: Sew Your Own Chevron Upholstery Fabric

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/18/08

Chevron striped fabrics are no where to be found, so after finding this awning-like  fabric, I cut and sewed my own.  Fabric cut on the bias is a blessing and a curse.  You need the stretch when sewing welt cord, but you don't need the stretch when sewing flat seams. 

To sew your own modern chevron design, follow this simple tutorial:

here's what you need:

  • striped fabric
  • scissors
  • straight edge
  • pins
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • hot iron

created on: 07/18/08

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