DIY projects

At This Tokyo Café, Customers Spin Cotton While They Wait

Fancy a snack with a side of raw organic cotton? If you dropped by Tokyo Cotton Village’s café in Kōenji this past January, that’s precisely what you got. From January 23…

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The Craftivist Collective Wants to Change the World, One Stitch at a Time

For as long as she can remember, Sarah Corbett has been fighting for social justice. Growing up in an activist family, she experienced firsthand how energy-intensive, frustrating, and…

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Mass. Library Lets Patrons Borrow Knitting Needles, Crochet Hooks

Photo by Shutterstock Curious about the needle arts? The Morse Institute Library in Natick, Mass., will not only lend you books on knitting and crocheting, but it’ll also spot you…

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Gamer Dude Spends 6 Years Crocheting "Super Mario Bros." Blanket

SUPER CROCHET Despite all appearances, Nordin insists he didn’t spend every waking moment obsessing over the map. “It hasn’t taken all of my time,” he said.…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Mend and Darn Clothing, World War II-Style

MRS. SEW AND SEW SAYS On darning holes and tears Do not wait for holes to develop. It is better to darn as soon as garments begin to wear thin. Imitate, as well as possible, the texture…

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Make Slippers for the Whole Family, World War II-Style

At the height of clothes rationing during World War II, U.K. civilians were introduced to Mrs. Sew-and-Sew, a fictional character cooked up by the British Board of Trade to promote the…

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Knit a Pair of Edible Undies From Licorice Laces (DIY Tutorial)

Photo by sparetime Need to rustle up a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift, you slacker? Knit up a salacious pair of edible panties from licorice laces with this quickie (pun…

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Gretchen Jones's DIY Necklace, Source4Style's Academy, Organic Cotton Acreage Continues to Grow

Over at Honestly WTF, designer Gretchen Jones shows us how to make a bold statement necklace with brass rings and neon nylon cord. (Honestly WTF) Source4Style is launching “The…

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