How To Create "Fabric" From Trash Bags.

by Chris Gardner

My college roommate learned this technique in an art class, after which we used to "borrow" garbage bags from the maitenance closet and make rain covers for our bikes and portable hampers/laundry baskets.

How To Create "Fabric" From Trash Bags.

I saw an article in a book that recommended using newspaper bags, but that produces a small piece after folding, which means ALOT of sewing to piece it together. Plastic bags from the grocery store would work as well.

Materials: 

   Plastic garbage...

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Make a Fabric Card Holder.

by Chris Gardner

Materials: 1)heavy fabric for the outside and flaps and a lighter fabric for the lining. 2) A ruler. 3) poster board or heavy paper to trace the pattern. 4) A pen. 5) Pinking shears. 6) Fabric scissors. 7) Velcro

Craft blogger Magda K. offers easy, step-by-step instructions for making this fabric card holder- perfect for holding business cards, your ID, or even your subway tokens.

Make a Fabric Card Holder.
Be sure to check out Magna's Etsy shop.

 

 

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Make A Plastic Bag Storage Sack: Sewing for Dudes [and Ladies], No. 4.

by Chris Gardner

Despite your attempts to utilize canvas grocery bags, somehow you always end up with plastic bags, and you need a place to store 'em for proper recycling. You could check out these directions for a hard-surface unit; or you can give your burgeoning sewing skills a workout with the instructions below. (Plus, the soft surfaces and light weight make it ideal for a substitute pillow, or hitting your friends upon their making ridiculous comments.)

Make A Plastic Bag Storage Sack: Sewing for Dudes [and Ladies], No. 4.

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Make a Custom Pair of Shorts - Sewing For Dudes (and Ladies) No. 3.

by Chris Gardner

It's hot outside. Don't let your fear of showing off your knees prevent you from dressing for the weather. Sew your own pair of shorts, and they'll be as long or short as you please.

Make a Custom Pair of Shorts - Sewing For Dudes (and Ladies) No. 3.

Materials
A pair of pants
Sewing machine and thread
Iron
Pins
Scissors
Combination square

1. Take off your pants. Put on the trousers that will become you shorts, and determine where you’d like the length of your shorts...

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Sewing Machine 101- Sewing For Dudes (and Ladies) No. 2: Stitches and Seams

by Chris Gardner

Check out Sewing for Dudes (and Ladies) No. 1: Gathering your Gear

The best way to learn to use your specific sewing machine is to READ THE MANUAL. If you fall into the male stereotype of one whom doesn’t ask for directions, and won’t read the instructions… get over it. 

Anatomy of a Sewing Machine

Sewing Machine 101- Sewing For Dudes (and Ladies) No. 2: Stitches and Seams

1) Bobbin winder
2) Spool pin
3) Thread guide
4) Tension Knob
5) Foot and needle
6) Bobbin housing
7) Reverse stitch button
8) Stitch length adjustment
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Print Your Own T-Shirts Using Homemade Stencils

by Chris Gardner

Print Your Own T-Shirts Using Homemade Stencils

Though screen printing is the most efficient way of printing on textiles (check out my how-to here), it’s a lot of work to print a one-of-a-kind t-shirt. Here’s a cool way to create a stencil on the computer, and handprint it upon your shirt. It produces a different aesthetic than silk screening, as your completed shirt won’t look brand new, but nicely broken-in.

Ingredients:

  • Computer with image editing software (the instructions here are...

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DIY Alarm Clock

by DIY Maven

DIY Alarm Clock

Soon to be available through Suck UK, this fabric clock is perfect for those of us who happen to enjoy customization. The stainless steel frame surrounding the face of the walnut veneer clock pops off, allowing you to insert the fabric of your choice. It comes with three fabric swatches to get you started.

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Big Art Love

by DIY Maven

A fellow Curbly poster recently raised a question concerning large, vacant walls void of not only art but color. This is such a common complaint, the query seemed to deserve a post all of its own.

Filling vast wall spaces with multiple framed pieces of art can be expensive, and the busy look might not be what you’re going for. So how about one big piece of art? Still too expensive you say? Read on you doubting Thomasinas....

It’s a Frame Up!

Big Art Love

For a...

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