Fashion Re-do: Go from Safari to Sweet

by DIY Maven

Fashion Re-do: Go from Safari to Sweet

When I was about 14 years old, I remember being home alone one Saturday with a hankering to sew something. I scrounged through my mother's patterns and found one for a vest. I decided to make it, but with no suitable fabric remnant in the house, I needed to improvise. I went through my brother's drawers and found a pair of dress khaki's. He'd just been discharged from the army, so I figured he wouldn't mind me using them for my project. I set to work using the

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Curbly Video Podcast: How To Print Custom, One-of-a-Kind Apparel with Skreened.com.

by Chris Gardner

created on: 07/22/08

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.

created on: 07/22/08
Skreened's technique is efficient and durable full-color process that lays soft, water-based prints right onto the garment. So you can get just one, just for you, with no setup fees, or minimal orders. Plus, Skreened's approach uses sweatshop-free apparel, prints without harmful...

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Handbag out of a Recycled Book

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Handbag out of a Recycled Book

I have a penchant for purchasing stuff that’s cool, but for which I don’t have specific plans or use. Case in point: I have piles of pulp and sci-fi novels from the 40s-60s. The art and colors are amazing, and the language provides for ridiculous quotes for ages. But after I slice out the illustrations, and force my way through the first and last chapters so I can say I ‘read’ them, these dime store masterpieces don’t escape from their cardboard homes often.   

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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
9)...

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How To Buy Your First Sewing Machine - Sewing for Dudes (and Ladies) No. 1: Gathering Your Gear

by Chris Gardner

How to buy your first sewing machine

So, I’m a guy, and a bit ago, I bought a sewing machine.

No one in my family of origin sews, nor does my wife, and I went to an all male high school with no home ec courses, so I was starting from scratch.
I went to the bookstores, the fabric stores, the craft stores, and the library, and was blown away by the available literature, or, by how useless it was to me. It seemed that nothing had been published in the last ten years, and...

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