How to Make Boy Shorts

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Haven't done laundry in a while? Need some more underwear? Well take a lesson from Rob and Ruffeo Hearts Lil' Snotty and turn your old t-shirts into a pair of boy shorts! And put off doing laundry for another day... Watch the full Episode here!

How to Make Boy Shorts


 First thing to do is to draw out a design

Take out a t-shirt, you can use the same sleeves but Maxwell uses sleeves from another t-shirt to spruce up the color. You'll also need to...

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Wicked Witch Costume

by Threadbanger

After an awesome interview with Wicked costume designer, Susan Hilferty, Corinne is going to show you how to make an intense witch costume- worthy of the Broadway show!

Wath the full episode HERE!

Wicked Witch Costume

To make the skirt, Corinne took an old long stretchy black dress and cut it across the waist line.

Fold it in half length wise and draw a line down the middle of the back then cut down the line.



Cut a two and half inch strip that is as long as your waist. Fold it in half, pin, iron the fold, and sew it together.

Now pin it to your waist line, right sides together, and sew it on. Fold it up and sew a top stitch along the skirt part. Get out a bunch of old garments that you could cut long strips from and cut a bunch of strips.

Next sew one line of Ruching along the top of each strip. If you need to, go back to Liz Tilley's hat episode to learn how.


Starting at the bottom, sew the ruched strips to the skirt using a zig zag stitch. If the garment you're sewing the strips to is stretchy, stretch the garment as you sew but not the strips. When the strip ends, slightly overlap the next strip on top and keep going.

Start on your next row of ruffles about an inch and half above the previous one. Repeat this process over and over and over again until you reach the top of the skirt. This is a very time consuming process, but worth it.

Once you've finished putting all the ruffles on, put a zipper in the back using Kate's zipper tutorial. Then, you're done with an awesome and fashion forward witch skirt.  


For the top part of the costume, take out an old black long sleeved button up and remove the sleeves using a seem ripper.


Try it on and mark the point where your shoulder ends. Start at that mark and cut along the arm hole down to the arm pit.

Put it on again and pinch and pin to make the shirt fit you better starting at the armpit. Mark and sew along the pin line, then cut off the excess.


Get out your sleeve, remove the cuff and the fabric along the slit. Put it on and mark a point about two inches above the elbow and cut the slit up to that point.

Fold up the bottom of the sleeve about a quarter of an inch and sew.

Now pin the sleeve to the inside of the armhole, starting at the armpit and working your way up to the shoulder. There's going to be some excess sleeve at the top, just make small pleats and pin for a cool effect and sew along the pin line.

Take out some contrasting fabric and measure eighteen inches along the bottom, mark out a triangle shape that's about four inches at the top and long enough to sew along the sides of the slit of the sleeve.

Cut it out and sew hems down both sides.

So each side of the triangle to each side of the slit.

Bunch it together at the top of the slit and sew over the bunch. Then cut off the excess. Repeat this process to the front of the sleeve with a different fabric.

Now put some elastic thread in your bobbin and do a line of shirring above the contrasting sleeve fabric around the entire sleeve. Refer back to the Shirred summer dress episode for the how-to. Next just repeat to the other sleeve, change out the buttons, and you are done with the top.


Now for the Hat. Get some non-fuseable interfacing, you could use think paper but this way it's water proof and durable.

Sew your pieces of interfacing together so you have a piece large enough for a 14 and half inch radius. Cut out the circle and draw a line from the outer point to the middle point. And roll it up to be a cone.


Make sure the bottom is wide enough to fit your head and sew it together to fit this point. Then use your hot glue gun to glue your outer seem close.

Next take out some fabric. Corinne uses an old velvet skirt. Drape it inside out over the hat and pinch and pin along one side.


Sew along the pin line, cut off the excess, turn it right side out and place it over your hat shape. Corinne cuts out another piece of fabric and glues it over the seem but it's not necessary.

Next glue the excess fabric at the bottom to the inside of the cone.

Take some wire and shape circle that has about three inches wider a radius than your cone. Use electric tape to connect the ends.

Place the cone on top of some more fabric and  trace around the cone. Cut out the inside of the circle about two inches in from the outline.

Cut slits all the way up to the outline. Place the wire circle over the fabric. And cut around it about two inches out. Turn the cone upside down. Place the fabric over the bottom of the cone and glue the tabs to the inside.

Turn it right side up and glue bias tape along the outer seem.

Now put your hat structure over the wire and fold your overlapping fabric over the wire. Make sure to pull it very taut and pin it all the way around.

Attach your zipper foot and sew all the way around keeping as close to the wire as possible. Cut the excess off underneath.

Bend the wire up in key spots to add some style. Corinne also adds some lacy fabric and a purple flower.

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How to Make a Big Foot Costume

by Threadbanger

To learn how to this Big Foot Costume, watch the full episode with Rob and Corrine. 

How to Make a Big Foot Costume


You will need a 2 recycled fur coats (fake or vintage).

On the center back line, cut the coat five inches from wherever your crotch line is.

  Then cut a slit on the center back neck line, so the neck does not not choke you.

Make two leg tubes lining up one side of the crotch slit with the one side of the coat opening right sides together. Sew a...

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How to Make a Strait Jacket

by Threadbanger
How to make a Strait Jacket!
How to Make a Strait Jacket
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To start the Strait Jacket, you will need two cream colored button down shirts, one bigger than the other.  
You will also need 6-8 black or dark brown leather belts. (try to use belts with thinner, smoother leather)
Start with the larger shirt and with a seam ripper, remove the front pocket and all buttons.

Remove collar.

Fold back the button...

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How To Make a Steampunk Shirt

by Threadbanger

This week on Threadbanger learn how to make a Steampunk shirt! For more Steampunk outfits and accessories visit It was Steampunk Week! So also learn how to make goggles, bustles, gloves, and more!


Place an old long sleeve shirt out in front of you and, with some chalk, sketch a front breast plate pattern to the front. Take a piece of newspaper and trace half of your pattern onto it. Fold over and cut out....

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How To Make a Shirred Fabric Summer Dress

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This week a special SewingTips 101 will show you how to shirr fabric and create a cool new summer dress. So check out the videocheck out the video and get to work on some easy breezy summer clothes! For more DIY projects, subscribe to Threadbanger on iTunes!

For this project you will need:

Elastic thread
Regular Thread
A Sewing Machine

For this dress you'll need to buy elastic thread and hand wind the elastic thread around...

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How to Crochet a Neckline

by Threadbanger

For your next t-shirt reconstruction, shake things up a bit with a 70s-inspired crocheted neckline!  Take a trip with Threadbanger to visit Cal of Hodge Podge and learn how to do this unique craft! For more details, watch the video, and for more DIY style, subscribe to Threadheads on iTunes! 



Old t-shirt
Tiny steel crochet hook (usually for lace/doilies)
Size E crochet hook
Needle with a large eye

How to Crochet a Neckline

In order to do this project, you need to know the basics of crocheting! Wanna learn? Check the How to Crochet blog or video :)

**If you run out of string, take a new strand and layer the beginning part on top of your ending string. You will crochet with this double string for a little bit, until the old piece completely ends. **

1. Cut a big scoop neck into the shirt. The piece you cut out of the neck you will use to cut into scraps.

2. Take an oval shape, and cut skinny strips (about 1/4 inch) in a sprial around the oval until you reach the center. 

3. Wind your strip into a ball, stretching it as you do so.

4. Make a slip knot in your strip and put the loop on your tiny steel crochet hook. 

5. Take the hook and poke it about a 1/4 inch into the neckline edge of the t-shirt. 

6. Make a single crochet stitch.

7. Do 6 chain stitches, then move an inch over and poke into the shirt again. 

8. Repeat the crochet pattern of a single stitch, 6 chains, and poke a hole until you've gone all the way around the neckline.

9. Insert the hook into your very first single crochet.

10. Do a slip stitch so that you connect your new row to the old row. Do a couple more slip stitches so that you are positioned at the top of the first loop. Now you can begin working into each loop to begin a new pattern. 

11. Switch to your bigger crochet hook. Do a single crochet into the first loop.

12. Do 6 chain stitches. Then do a single crochet in the next loop. Repeat until you are at the beginning again.


13. Put your hook into the first single crochet stitch, and do a slip stitch to connect. Then do a few more slip stitches so that you're at the top of the loop again.

14. The next round, repeat but do 5 chains for each loop so that the neckline will start getting smaller and pull together.

15. When the third row is done, join with a slip stitch into the first single crochet stitch.

16. To finish off: Cut the string a couple inches away, do one last chain stitch, and pull the tail all the way through. Pull it tight. Take a needle and weave the end in. Then you're finished!


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How to Make an Apron out of Old Jeans

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Threadbanger has been flooded with questions of what to do with old jeans, here is one concoction that won't leave you messy in the kitchen!  On this episode of Decor it Yourself, Meg shows us how to make an apron out of an old pair of jeans. For more information and details, check out the video!  For more ideas and tutorials like this, subscribe to Threadheads on iTunes!!


Old Jeans
Sewing Machine/Hand Sewing Supplies
Scrap pieces of fabric

How to Make an Apron out of Old Jeans

1. Lay the jeans on a flat surface and cut a straight line from the crotch to one leg.


2. Cut along the side seam and open the leg up. You now have your piece to work with.

3. Hold the jean piece up to yourself to set what length you would like it. Cut off the excess from the top, leaving about 1 inch extra.


4. Pin a 1/2 inch seam around the 2 sides of your fabric.

5. Pick out a fun color of thread and sew 2 topstitches around the edges just pinned.

6. For the top seam, allow for a 1-2 inch gap for the apron ties. Sew it down to form a casing that you will thread the tie through later.


7. Now we add pockets! Just cut out the size you want, and put right sides together. We used the denim and a bright orange fabric. Pin a half inch around the edges, and sew 3 sides together

8, Turn the pocket right side out, and fold the top to the inside to get a clean edge. Pin and sew these edges down. Repeat for as many pockets that you'd like.


9. Pin the pockets in place, and sew along the sides and bottom.


10. Let's add an applique! We made bacon and eggs out of leftover felt and fabrics. Cut out your design. Place the applique onto your apron, pin it down, and sew it down with a topstitch around each shape.


11. Take a piece of twine and cut it long enough to tie around your waist.

12. Place a pin on the end of the twine and thread it through the top casing of your apron. Once it is pulled all the way through, tie bigger knots on each side so the twine won't slip through.

13. To secure the ties a bit more, stitch the holes closed leaving a little space for the twine (don't sew the twine down!). Tie it around your waist and you are ready to get dirty in the kitchen!



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How to do a Blind Hem Stitch on your Sewing Machine

by Threadbanger

This is the go-to hem for anything more formal where you don't want to be able to see a line of stitching on the bottom. It is called a blind hem for obvious reasons -- you can't see the hem! Amazing! And professional! To do this, you need to have a blind hem foot for your sewing machine. Thanks to the Diana Rupp of Make Workshop! Check out her book Sew Everything Workshop! To see this tutorial in live action, check out the Threadheads...

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