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Printed Party Flags

Create your own foam stamp and print some simple fabric flags to make party décor that’s one-of-a-kind. Foam is inexpensive and easy to cut, with no special tools required. Combine printing with the fun of mixing fabrics and you might find yourself making a banner for every occasion! Try spelling out the name of a […]

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Patchwork Quilt from Clothing Scraps

Quilt design and photography by Heather Cameron. Heather Cameron apologizes. Her spectacular patchwork quilt was not composed entirely from objects in roadside dumpsters — she supplemented with secondhand clothing from Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a semiannual event she produces in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she lives. A seasoned reuse artist, Cameron often challenges her own high standards. Her […]

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Old Sole, New Shoe

You’d be hard pressed to find an accessory infused with more passion and personality than shoes. Despite this, we’re offered an extremely limited number of styles and models. Unless you’re super rich (unlikely) or a shoemaker (even less likely) you probably haven’t considered custom footwear. However, making your own shoes may be easier than you […]

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Resistor Necktie

Construct a basic long necktie with stripes to represent your favorite value of resistor – fashion inspired by the electronics bench! Learn to work with slippery fabrics cut on the bias. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJQ8cIvLVOE?wmode=opaque&w=560&h=315]

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Portage Pack

When tackling this project I had sewn some outdoor gear before but nothing this complicated. Shoulder/Hip straps were the most intimidating part, but once I got underway they went fine. Why did I decided to make a portage pack? Because I am often too cheap to buy a commercial or custom made item. The pack […]

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Pocket Reflectors for Cycling

Sew some pants pocket reflectors to gain visibility for night cycling. They tuck into the pockets for storage and then flip out easily and quickly for riding. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fCOjmBanZ0?wmode=opaque&w=560&h=315]

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La Roux Costume

Last year on the MAKE YouTube channel, commenters started saying I looked like the singer from the English synth-pop duo La Roux. Here’s how to get the Mondrian jacket look from the video for their song Bulletproof. You can also make your own “neo cameo” necklace with a laser cutter and these files on Thingiverse. […]

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