Monthly Archives: June 2011

Fab Fabrics: Undyed Hemp Fabric

June 29th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

We got a note from a reader recently who is looking to switch to an eco-friendly option for her hand-dyed and printed fabrics. The trouble is, she couldn't track down a source for undyed eco-fabrics

How To: Make a Peacock Fascinator from Scrap Felt

June 28th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

If you have felt scraps in a range of sizes, you can whip up this simple, sweet peacock fascinator! Peacock feathers are mega hip right now, but for vegan crafters, the real deal is off limits. Luckily, with some eco-fi felt and a little bit of crafty know-how, you can whip up a cruelty-free fascinator that's just as lovely

Green Crafter: Peaces of Indigo

June 24th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, mining precious metals is one of the biggest environmental nightmares. Tons of toxic chemicals like cyanide and mercury are used to produce and refine precious metals. It is estimated that about 2.9 pounds of mercury is released for every 2.2 pounds of gold produced.  And with that in mind, Dawanna of Peaces of Indigo recycles silver, gold, and bronze to make jewelry

Finding Green Craft Inspiration

June 23rd, 2011 | by Karen Lee

Do you ever feel like you are burnt out from green crafting? Or have you ever hit a dry spell with reusing and repurposing? I mean, how many different ways can you upcycle t-shirts? I'm sure you've had moments when you can not think of one more way to use up a scrap of fabric. So where do you find inspiration? How can you find the creativity to continue to craft reusing materials

How-to: Scrabble Drink Coaster

June 18th, 2011 | by Kilduff Kolleen

Did your P go under the sofa? Lose your S over a heated word debate? Do you have a Scrabble game sitting around that's missing more than one letter tile? Well I have the perfect tutorial for you!

DIY for Dad: Father’s Day Crafts

June 15th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Father's Day is just around the corner, and I've always found it hardest to create handmade gifts for the men in my life. Here are some projects to jumpstart your creativity this Father's Day!

How-to: Shorten a Pair of Pants

June 14th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Not too long ago, I showed you a quick and dirty way to take in a too big tank top, but that's not the only way you can use your sewing skills to alter thrifted treasures! Here's how you can shorten a pair of thrifted pants in just a few simple steps

Ten Tag Sale Tips

June 9th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

One man's trash is another man's treasure, as they say. Tag sales are great places to hunt for treasure (and recycle trash). But do you know how to maximize your time, hunting for treasure on a Saturday?

Three DIY Necktie Projects

June 8th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Yesterday, we showed you how to add a little cute to a thrifted necktie with a felt applique, but what about the rest of the ties in your crafty stash? Don’t fret! We’ve got you covered with some super fun necktie crafts

How-to: Fancy Up a Necktie with Applique

June 7th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

With Father’s Day and graduations coming up, a modded-out necktie is a perfect gift to have handy, and it’s easy as pie to dress up a thrifted necktie with a custom applique made from recycled felt! Since ties are pretty narrow, this is also a great project for felt scraps that you might have saved up

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