Keep Toasty with Two DIY Accessories from Cut Out + Keep

It’s November, and the cool temperatures here in San Francisco have begun to set in. Trying to live as green a life as possible, I have been resisting the urge to turn on a heater; simply opening the blinds and having the sun shine in has a similar effect.

Next, layers are key and making sure the extremities are covered (i.e. hands and feet). Buying a new pair of slippers has been tempting me for months, until I saw this Cut Out + Keep step-by-step project for making house slippers out of an old towel (we’ve all got some of those). Vegan and easily customizable, this project only take a little over an hour and is as easy as pie (oh, another good idea to warm up).

Cut Out + Keep is a nifty online community and collection of DIY project started by Cat Morley, a young journalist/filmmaker/photographer in Scotland. Cat’s writing has been featured in both Venus Zine and ReadyMade Magazine’s website; she also produces an online magazine called Snippets, which features “the most interesting, wonderful and weirdest from the worlds of fashion, music, technology, art, craft and entertainment.” Snippet’s number 6 issue, is all about fashion, even featuring an interview with Portland-based eco-style creator Leanimal.

After a host of good online reading and homemade slippers, my chilly hands were becoming all the more noticeable. Cut Out + Keep comes to the rescue again with a step-by-step project for a pair of fingerless gloves made from a pair of socks (another spare thing that’s easy to find lying around). A half hour and very few tools are needed to make these functional hand-warmers. With over 200 projects, Cut Out + Keep is also a great resource for things to do on those long Sundays or when the kids are getting restless.

Written by Victoria Everman

I think of myself as a creatively versatile eco-powerhouse. Freelance writer, life-long model, on-camera personality, public speaker, official U.S. spokesperson for Twice Shy Clothing - I'm a classic Renaissance woman and mistress-of-all-trades.

Though my days of growing up in the corn fields of central Indiana are behind me, forgetting where I came from is not an option. I lost my father unexpectedly in March of 2006, months before moving from NYC to San Francisco, which helped to amplify my zest for life and thirst to help change the world.

Perpetually looking for fresh ways to share my unquenchable green knowledge, I blog about everything eco on my own website, as well as for All Green Magazine and select others. Additionally, I am the editor/head writer of Crafting a Green World (part of the Green Options blog network) and a writer/web editor for Building Green TV. My diverse articles have been published in variety of reputable magazines, such as: Yoga Journal, Venus, CRAFT, Yogi Times, Recovery Solutions, M+F, and Office Solutions.

In my spare time, you can find me knitting, reading, singing, taking pictures, practicing yoga, taking long walks, and working on my first non-fiction book. Other random facts about me: I'm a Buddhist, latex fan, have four tattoos, and an attempting locavore.



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  1. super duper cute ideas 🙂 Trying to live without turning on the heater too much as well. However, in a big ol’ house built in the 1920’s with original windows…it can be hard.

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