DIY Eco-Fashion

For DIYers on the Move, a Compact Sewing Machine That Folds Flat

There’s a reason why sewing machines are gathering dust in attics and basements across the country. They’re big, bulky, and awkward to lug around. In lieu of the unwieldy…

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Pedal-Powered "Un-knitting" Machine Unravels Sweaters to Recycle Yarn

Make do and unmend? Meet the “un-knitting” machine, a pedal-powered apparatus designed to recycle unwanted knitwear. The curious contraption is the brainchild of Imogen…

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Turn a Pair of Printed Scarves Into a Breezy Caftan Dress (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Two medium-sized silk or satin scarves Cotton thread in a coordinating color Scissors Sewing needle Pins Measuring tape Body form (optional) STEP ONE Before you…

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7 More Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Haunting Your Closet

MARK ZUCKERBERG Score your share of “likes” by aping Facebook’s beleaguered boy-king. COSTUME COMPONENTS Gray T-shirt Hoodie Jeans Adidas fip-flops Downcast…

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Martha Stewart Admits She Paints Her Christian Louboutin Soles Black

Here’s a bit of news that made us spit out our afternoon coffee: Reigning craft queen Martha Stewart recently admitted that she customizes her Christian Louboutin shoes by…

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Lasso: A Flat-Pack Wool-Felt Slipper You Assemble Yourself

Gaspard Tiné-Berès’s “Lasso” house slipper is a shoe you assemble yourself. Made of a single piece of die-cut wool felt, the shoe is shipped flat with a single…

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Alto: An Intuitive Sewing Machine That Encourages "Make Do and Mending"

A STITCH IN TIME An international student design competition running in 18 countries, the James Dyson Award is part of the James Dyson Foundation’s mission to encourage emerging…

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Customize a Silk Scarf With Textile Arts Center's Plant-Based Solar-Dye Kit

Natural dyeing might feel confusing. From mordants, pH levels, and various fibers—there’s a lot of information to absorb. But it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Enter the…

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Make Over Your Back-to-School Wardrobe With Natural Dyes (DIY Tutorial)

The dry summer afternoons of Northern California have inspired the spray of the hose, colanders full of freshly harvested blackberries, and post-lunch respites under the shade of fully…

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VIDEO: Amazing Lego Mechanical Loom Weaves Actual Fabric

An expert Lego Technic builder, Nicolas Lespour has turned what many consider child’s play into a full-fledged career. Latest among his toys? An automated mechanical loom that…

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Crafty Bride Hand-Knits Her Wedding Gown for Less Than £200

Photos by Jonathan Pow For bride-to-be Lydia Tayler, hunting down the perfect wedding dress took no time at all. Putting it together, however, was a different matter. The owner of a…

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Studio Swine's Portable Dyer's Workshop is Brim-Full of Seasonal Plants

Studio Swine’s bamboo-derived “seed socks” aren’t just comfy foot coverings, they’re also a gateway product into the world of do-it-yourself natural dyes.…

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"Hair Chalking" Gives Your Mane Temporary Color Sans Harsh Chemicals

Photo by The Private Room Feeling a little wild today? Why not work a colorful streak (or two, or three) into your mane without the commitment—not to mention toxicity—of…

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Fake-Out Fashion: Women Paint Their Soles Red to Get the Louboutin Look

Photo by Shutterstock Why fork out $900 for a pair of Christian Louboutins when you can whip up your own red-soled kicks with a $3 tester pot of paint? That’s the question many…

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Whip Up Wool and the Gang's Knitted Bracelets in Less Than Five Minutes

Now that school’s out for summer, relive your misspent youth by turning leftover bits and bobs—remnant yarn, strips from an old T-shirt, odd lengths of ribbon—into grownup…

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Tori Spelling Launches DIY Jewelry Collection at Jo-Ann, Michaels Stores

NEW TERRI-TORI Spelling designed the individual components herself, but it’s up to you to mix and match the assortment of necklace tops, bottoms, and pendant accents using…

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Make Your Own Natural Cosmetics With Herban Crafts' DIY Kits

If you’ve longed to make your own beauty products but don’t care for the hassle of hunting down pages of ingredients, Herban Crafts will do the legwork for you. The…

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U.K. Mechanic Builds "Iron Man" Costume From Cardboard, Fiberglass

Avengers assemble, indeed. Mark Pearson, a car mechanic in West Yorkshire, spent 14 months constructing an Iron Man costume from 400 sheets of fiberglass-coated cardboard. “I…

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