DIY clothing

Post-Couture Collective: Downloadable Garments for the DIY Generation

MAKE YOUR OWN Although Post-Couture says you can bring just about any material to your local maker space or fab lab for laser-cutting, the company also offers its own range of…

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Celebrate "Star Wars" Day With a DIY Princess Leia Headband

Celebrate Star Wars Day, a.k.a. May the 4th, by recreating Princess Leia’s iconic hairdo. It couldn’t be easier: Simply create two braids with brown yarn, roll them into…

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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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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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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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DIY Expandable Dress Protects Your Personal Space in Close Quarters

Some people have zero concept of personal space and get far too close for comfort. Which is why Kathleen McDermott crafted the Personal Space Dress that inflates when it detects a…

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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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OpenKnit: An Open-Source "Clothing Printer" That Lets You Make Your Own Garments

There’s 3D printers for chocolate, food, jewelry, houses, plastic parts and now there is a 3D printer to knit your own clothes. The OpenKnit Printer by Gerard Rubio will let you…

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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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Top 7 Popular Eco-Fashion Stories of 2012 (Vote for Your Fave!)

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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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