DIY Eco-Fashion

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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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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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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WILBy's "Ethical Sweatshop" Pops Up in Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel

What exactly does an “ethical sweatshop” look like? New Yorkers who are curious to know can now head over to the lobby of Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel to glimpse one in…

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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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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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Make Spirits Bright With a Handmade Felt-Flower Brooch (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Felt, fabric, or ribbon Ruler Needle and thread or a hot glue gun Scissors Brooch pin or large safety pin Embellishments (optional) STEP…

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7 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Lurking Inside Your Closet

WHERE’S WALDO Be the lovable guy everyone is searching for by donning a few simple pieces you probably already own. COSTUME COMPONENTS Red-and-white striped shirt Jeans Red…

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6 DIY Pumpkin-Skincare Products You Can Make at Home (Plus 1 to Buy)

Photo by Kim Love PUMPKIN BODY SCRUB ¼ cup cooked pureed pumpkin ¼ cup brown sugar Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to your body using a damp cloth. Scrub…

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5 DIY Skincare Recipes You Can Make Using Kitchen Ingredients

HOMEMADE SKINCARE Peppermint Lip Balm Lemon-Mint Face Toner Brown Sugar Body Scrub Tomato Face Mask Acne Spot Treatment…

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DIYcouture's Visual Instructions Help Aspiring Dressmakers Make the Cut

HAVE IT YOUR WAY A few years ago, Rosie Martin decided to try her hand at sewing, an attempt that wasn’t without difficulties. “I was amazed at the complexity of the…

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Klik Klik's Magnetic Jewelry Kit Offers Endless Design Possibilities

A silent yet infinitely powerful force of nature, magnets are driving a new kind of fashion revolution. Leading the charge (pun intended) is Brooklyn designer Kellar Williams, whose…

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Unu Footwear: Flat-Pack, DIY Slippers Made From Recycled Leather

Unu Footwear’s house slipper requires no glue, seams, buttons, or zippers—just a single sheet of die-cut recycled leather. The perfect kick-around shoe, it’s shipped…

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6 DIY Guides to Refashioning Your Old Denim Jeans

All-day TV marathons of Project Runway do not a fashion designer make. Here are six do-it-yourself manuals that will school you on the art of taking your jeans apart and piecing them…

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Stitch, Bitch, and Have a Cuppa at This Parisian "Sweat Shop"

Photo by the New York Times Don’t worry, you won’t find gym bunnies or little girls hunched over sewing machines at this “sweat shop.” In true Parisian style,…

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CAT FOOD JEWELRY: Recycle A Cat-Food Can Into This Snazzy Ring!

If you have feline friends to feed, chances are, you amass quite a few empty cat-food tins at the end of the day (I have three cats, so when I say “quite a few,” I actually…

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Paint Your Sneakers: A Splash of Color Puts New Life into Old Soles

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