DIY Eco-Fashion

Grow Your Own Microbial "Leather" in Your Kitchen (DIY Tutorial)

Photos from The Next Black Growing your own clothing is easier than you think. BioCouture’s Suzanne Lee has been spinning whole garments with little more than bacteria, yeast, and…

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Another Use for Your Kid's Lego: Wacky Face Masks

CHILD’S PLAY Despite the rigid nature of the materials, Ffrench’s masks have an organic feel. Rather than interlock the bricks like they’re designed to, Ffrench used…

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Injured Koalas Need Your DIY Mittens to Treat Their Burned Paws

Know your way around a sewing needle? The koalas of South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales need your help. After recent bushfires ravaged acres of the marsupials’…

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Whip Up Actress Cate Blanchett's DIY Grapefruit–Sea Salt Body Scrub

Photo by Andrea Raffin/Shutterstock We don’t know what to envy more: Cate Blanchett’s Oscar-winning acting chops or her alabaster complexion. Although the actress swears by…

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DIY Your Own Dry Shampoo With Common Kitchen Ingredients

Photo by Shutterstock Wash and dry your hair every morning? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Enter dry shampoo, a follicle cleanser that soaks up oil and refreshes your tresses…

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Knit Wool and the Gang's Stuffed Mouse for National Cat Day

The jig is up: We’re just a bunch of crazy cat ladies here at Ecouterre HQ. So of all the made-up holidays to embrace, it’ll have to be National Cat Day. Our friends at Wool…

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Scare Up a Last-Minute Halloween Mask From Cardboard, Tape

FRIGHT NIGHT Procrastinators can also take heart from the ease of assembly—it only takes two to three hours from printing the templates to finish the mask, Wintercroft says. Plus, the…

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Recycle an Old Sweater Into a Pair of Cozy Slipper-Socks (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES An old sweater Scissors Sewing pins Scrap yarn Large darning needle Paper or card stock for tracing Non-slip grip pads (optional) Fabric paint (optional) STEP…

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Refashion an Old Blanket Into a Stylish Poncho (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES A blanket or throw you already own Scissors Pencil, fabric chalk, or vanishing-ink marker Sewing machine or needle and thread Embellishments like fringe, pom…

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Lose Your Head Over This Recycled "Queen of Hearts" Costume

If there’s one Halloween costume worth losing your head over, it’s this recycled Queen of Hearts getup by Keep Mesquite Beautiful. Constructed by the Texas-based…

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Seattle Bride Crochets Her Wedding Dress on Her Daily Commute

DIY BRIDE Krnetagot, who said she just “winged” the pattern, learned to crochet as a child from her late grandmother. Crocheting her dress was a “nice way of…

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Angelina Jolie's Bespoke Wedding Gown Features Her Kids' Artwork

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s wedding was a family affair to remember. Hollywood’s golden couple, who celebrated their nuptials in their French family estate on August 23,…

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This 99-Year Old Makes a New Dress Every Day for a Child in Need

Photo by Shutterstock Ninety-nine year old Lillian Weber is on a mission to make 1,000 dresses for impoverished children in Africa. The impressive senior citizen has been whipping up…

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Stitched Up: An Ethical Boutique That Doubles as a DIY Workshop

The brains behind creative hub Stitched Up describe themselves as “a one stop shop for sustainable fashion, fabrics and networking”. While their Manchester (UK)-based HQ is where…

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Pikkpack's Flat-Pack Shoes Require Only Three Pieces of Material

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own shoes, now is your chance with the super-easy Pikkpack shoe. Designed by Sarah Gulyas, the slip-on shoes can be woven together at home with just…

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Jazz Up an Old Tank Top With These Easy Embellishments (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Old tank tops Small pieces of stretch- or knit-jersey fabric Small pieces of felt Lace Sewing machine or needle and thread VERSION ONE: LACY ACCENTS Measure a…

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Knit Wool and the Gang's "Sansa" Choker, "Khaleesi" Bracelet

You know what they say about playing the game of thrones: you knit or you die. Okay, probably not quite what G.R.R. Martin had in mind, but you can pay homage to two of the HBO’s…

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Make a Veggie-Printed Tote for Trips to the Farmers' Market (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES 1 yard fabric (we used unbleached muslin) 1 yard ribbon or twill tape Vegetables (try corn, bell peppers, celery, and carrots, and anything else that strikes your…

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