Free Patterns from Indie Pattern Companies: Underwear and Accessories

Everything on this list is from one of my favorite indie pattern companies. The patterns I’m pointing you to are free, but I’ve also included plenty of suggestions for other patterns you can purchase from these companies. It’s important to show these indie companies some love!

DIY Handwashing Station

18 Projects to Upcycle Tights

Fortunately, those stained, snagged, or simply outgrown tights don’t have to go into the wastestream! Here’s how to upcycle your old tights in a myriad of ways.

DIY Scrunchie

Upcycled Hair Accessories: Stashbust a Scrunchie

Scrunchies are one of my favorite stashbuster projects. Like the other projects that I mentioned, scrunchies are very forgiving, so you can fudge fabric dimensions as needed to fit your scraps.

Upcycled Tights Hair Ties

DIY Dancer: Upcycled Hair Ties Made from Tights

If you, too, are beholden to a continually evolving set of brand-new tights all year, every year, this little hack won’t cure your heartbreak, but it might make you feel maybe 3% better, at least if you or someone you love also has hair that occasionally needs to be tied back.

How to Repaint Wicker Baskets

The Upcycled Home: Eighteen Wicker Basket Makeovers

Don’t let a wicker basket’s unfortunate appearance blind you to how versatile it can be for containing and organizing your clutter in an attractive way. Read on for a selection of easy tutorials that remake, remodel, and otherwise transform any ugly wicker basket into the perfect home accessory.

broken dish pendant

How to Make a Broken Dish Pendant

It’s easier than you think to cut ceramics with a couple of standard tools, and there are loads of ways to finish off the pendant to your taste.

face mask

20 DIY Cloth Masks

If you’re just getting started on creating your own cloth masks, or if you’re looking to switch up your go-to pattern–or add a handy accessory, OR make a matching cloth mask for a kid’s teddy bear!–then check out this list of my favorite DIY cloth mask patterns and tutorials.

fox mask

15 DIY Fox Masks For Cosplay And Dress-Up

If you, too, love foxes so much that one could eat somebody you love and you’d still forgive it, then I have your next Halloween project. Or convention cosplay. Or, you know, just dress-up outfit–I’m not here to judge you.

national park patches

13 DIY Ways to Display Patches

If you’ve got a fun collection of patches, you don’t have to a) hide it away in a drawer, or b) pay a professional framer to display it for you.

How To Sew a Patch

Go get all those band patches back on your denim jacket where they belong!

sunglasses and case

13 Ways to Upcycle Eyeglass Cases

Find a project to excite and inspire you, and you’ll be happy to keep your eyeglass case out of the waste stream and make a new, useful second life for it.

women in knit hat

Three Dozen Free Knit Hat Patterns

A knit hat is a great knitting project, whether you’re a beginning knitter or a seasoned professional, because there is a knit hat pattern to suit everybody.

Four Dozen Eco-Friendly Felt Crafts

Whichever kind of felt you prefer, you can settle happily into any of the felt crafts below, knowing that whatever you make, it will be a great choice for the environment

How to Sew a Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour lent her name not just to the bouffant hairstyle, but also to the practical yet lovely little drawstring wrist bags that allowed one to both wear a fancy ballgown (with no room for pockets!) and carry a lipstick and some cash for gambling with.

The Pussyhat Project

Craftivism: The Pussyhat Project

Marchers and supporters for the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2017, have inspired an international craftivist movement called The Pussyhat Project.

Craft for Good: Halos of Hope

Craft for Good with Halos of Hope

Your friends and family have enough hats by now. Make your next one for Halos of Hope, an organization that puts handmade hats on the heads of cancer patients.

How to Repair a Child's Ballet Shoe

How to Repair a Child’s Ballet Shoe

Here’s how to repair a child’s ballet shoe, the quick and easy way. You can even teach your kid to do this herself, so she can fix her own ballet shoe next time it breaks.

How to Shorten a Chain

How to Shorten a Chain

It’s pretty common to need to shorten a chain, and especially common to need to shorten a chain on a lovely piece of delicate jewelry, when you’re the most afraid of messing up.

How to Repair Embellished Clothing

3 Ways to Repair Embellished Clothing

Repairing clothes with embellishments on them sometimes requires a bit of finesse. Here are three methods to repair embellished clothing, so it looks good as new!

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