Browsing the "Fabrics" Category

How to Sew a Drawstring Bag (an even easier tute!)

January 30th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

In the year since I crafted my first drawstring bag tutorial, I've refined it to correct these fiddly bits and to make the bag even quicker and easier to sew. Read on for the quickest, easiest, drawstring bag tutorial that you're ever going to find

Reader Tip: T-Shirt as Art

January 21st, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

You know we love a good t-shirt reuse project around here, so I was pleased as punch when reader Nancy Sharp was kind enough to share her idea for reusing a sentimental t-shirt that was past its prime

Reader Question: Food Safe Fabric for Sandwich Bags

January 18th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

A reader recently wrote in with a great question about finding a food-safe fabric for making snack and sandwich bags. She was specifically looking for a laminated cotton fabric that was eco-friendly. In digging to answer this question, I found a ton of information and a few ideas for the safest ways to make reusable snack bags that are at least semi leak proof

What are You Making Under There? Upcycled Underwear Tutorials from Around the Web

January 17th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

Instead of wearing cheap, mass-produced, low-quality undergarments that have to be replaced regularly, I've found that sewing panties and boxer shorts, for people both big and small, really isn't that hard. You can sew underwear from your own stash fabric--even scraps, for kids' underwear!--or from awesome thrifted clothing, and the results are unique, way cheaper than store-bought, and often sturdier, since they can be made from higher-quality fabrics and sewn with care. To make your own upcycled undergarments, check out these patterns and tutorials from around the web

5 Fall Projects to Recycle Old Sweaters

November 19th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

It has been positively blustery out there lately, and that chilly weather gets me in the mood to craft with sweaters. Luckily, when the weather gets colder, thrift stores are busting with sweaters, so even if you don't have any in your stash, you can still find sweaters to upcycle for all sorts of fun, fall-themed projects

How-to: Vat Dye Multi-Colored Play Silks and Silk Scarves

November 7th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

To vat-dye multi-colored silks with clean colors and smooth transitions, there are a few different methods that work. This particular method is one of the easiest, since it blocks off all of the fabric that you're not currently dyeing, allowing you to vat dye and machine wash as usual

Five Upcycled Fabric Storage Solutions

October 3rd, 2011 | by Julie Finn

If you're dreaming about a new way to organize your fabric, check out these five storage solutions that are constructed from eco-friendly upcycled materials

10 Burlap Craft Projects

September 28th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Don't you just love burlap? It's eco-friendly, cheap (sometimes even free!), and gives any project a bit of Earthy, shabby chic appeal. There are lots of fun ways that you can incorporate burlap into your crafty endeavors! Here are some tips on finding burlap and a list of burlap craft projects to help kickstart your crafting

How-to: Sew a Stuffed Fabric Alphabet from Upcycled, Recycled, or Natural Fabrics

September 25th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

As a children's toy, a holiday decoration, or a wonderful present (a child's name? A couple's first monogram? How fun!), stuffed fabric letters are a way to show your personality and use up just about any kind of fabric in your stash. Neatly sewing up those letters with holes in them can be very tricky, however, but let me show you how, and you'll be off and running

5 Awesome T-Shirt Sleeve Crafts

August 4th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

You've used up old t-shirts to make various projects. Now you have a pile of cut up sleeves. What do you do with them all? Find out how you can

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

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