DIY Eco-Fashion

Recycle an Animal Figurine Into a Playful Key Chain (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES 1 or more key rings 1 or more eye screws 1 or more animal figurines Spray paint (Krylon Short Cuts are great for small projects) Awl STEP ONE Start by placing…

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The Klem Project Helps Impoverished Communities Make Their Own Shoes

The Klem Project, by Korean designer Lee Jinyoung, aims to put a pair of shoes on every child and adult in Malawi. The innovative project enables locals to make their own shoes with an…

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Chinese Woman Spends 11 Years Knitting Coat From Her Own Hair

Instead of fretting when her beautiful hair started to fall out in her 30s, Xiang Renxian decided to transform it into a lasting gift- a hat and coat for her husband. The former…

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Customize Your Clothes With Puzzle Apparel's Team of American Artisans

DESIGN YOUR OWN Trowbridge found her calling after speaking to a hand-weaver in Blue Hill, Maine, where she learned about a Kenyan sandal company that employed Masai beaders to decorate…

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Make Meow Meow Tweet's DIY Clementine-Nutmeg Body Scrub

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES 2 organic clementines 1 cup demerara sugar ½ cup cornmeal ¼ coconut or sunflower oil ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes 1 nutmeg or ½ tsp ground nutmeg ½…

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Knit, Crochet Katniss Everdeen's Cowl-Neck Wrap From "Catching Fire"

If you’re champing at the bit for Katniss Everdeen’s one-shouldered cowl-neck wrap from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the odds are in your favor. Lion Brand has released…

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Upcycle Vintage Jewelry Into a Ladylike Camera Strap (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Old purse strap with a swivel clasp on each end Vintage necklace Vintage brooch Jump ring (or other jewelry clasps as needed for your necklace…

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Hand-Stitched Banners Spotlight Fashion Industry's Myriad Inequities

Photos by Robin Prime for Craftivist Collective The Crafivist Collective is fighting fashion with fashion, by launching a campaign of hand-cross stitched miniature banners that plea…

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Darby Smart Takes the Guesswork Out of DIY Fashion Projects

If you’re crafty but too busy to get to the art supply store, then Darby Smart is for you. The adorable web store collects all the best DIY home and fashion projects, and translates…

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Knit a Purple Infant Hat, Help Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome

Photo by Shutterstock Knitters can help put their needles to good use this fall, by whipping up tiny knit caps to help raise awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome. The CLICK for Babies…

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10 Ingenious Ways to Recycle an Old T-Shirt

PAINTERS’ SMOCKS Is your budding Michelangelo turning you into a closet case? Protect your tyke’s clothes—and your sanity—by whipping up a pint-size painters’…

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5 Ways to Recycle an Old Necktie Into a Last-Minute Father's Day Gift

GUITAR STRAP MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Necktie Ruler Fabric scissors 1½-inch wide slide and tri-glide Needle and thread or sewing machine DIRECTIONS 1. Cut off the tip of your tie 4.5…

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Restore Dull, Tired Locks With LUSH's DIY Avocado Hair Mask

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES 3-4 ripe avocados 2 lemons 3½ tablespoons olive oil 3½ tablespoons honey Handful of rose petals 1 cup millet flour STEP ONE Take a handful of rose petals and…

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Join Kollabora, Awamaki on a "Collaborative Crafting" Workshop in Peru

ANDEAN ADVENTURE “It’s been a dream of mine to bring our creative and fashion-forward DIY community to a beautiful and spiritual place to learn from a culture that’s been…

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Michigan Web Designer Turns Canadian Quarter into a Wedding Ring

Making a ring from pocket change may be an old-hat concept by now, but for a web designer with no metalworking experience to take on the task of outfitting his fiancée? Now that takes…

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Knit the Laptop "Compubody" Sock for Privacy in Public Places

As liberating as abandoning ye olde office cubicle sounds, working out of a café, library, or other public or…

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14 Eco-Chic Gifts You Can Make Yourself (DIY Tutorials)

MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES Add instant oomph to an ordinary pair of pumps or flats with a set of shoe clips that fickle pickles can swap at will. + DIY Ruffled Shoe Clips + Capitol…

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Upcycle Broken Christmas Lights into Sparkly Holiday Accessories

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Old Christmas lights Pliers French hooks Necklace chain Jump rings Thumbtack Wire and beads (optional) TO MAKE EARRINGS 1. Remove lights from Christmas…

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