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Wednesday July 14th, 2010

diy, diy projects, sewing 101 by 19

sewing 101: machine appliqué

sewing 101: machine appliqué

Here’s a great way to snazz up simple textiles with an easy embellishment technique – machine appliqué! This technique allows you to apply cut-out shapes of fabric to the surface of another fabric, achieving colorful and interesting effects that would otherwise be complicated to sew. In this post I’m appliquéing a tablecloth, but you can…

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Wednesday June 30th, 2010

diy, diy projects by 21

diy project: dip-dye lamp & pillow

diy project: dip-dye lamp & pillow

when summer rolls around, i try as hard as possible to freshen up the cave that is my apartment. while the darkness does help to keep rooms cool, the mood can get a little depressing if i don’t inject a jolt of summer here and there. if you have a plain fabric lampshade, pillow, or…

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brett bara, diy, diy projects, sewing 101 by 46

sewing 101: piping

sewing 101: piping

Okay, it may not be the sexiest topic in the sewing world, but piping is a darn handy tool to have in your stitchy arsenal. It adds a super-professional touch to pillows and cushions, as well as accessories like pot holders, placemats—just about anything that needs a little trimming action. You can buy piping in…

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Wednesday June 23rd, 2010

diy, diy projects by 34

diy project: pillow shams

diy project: pillow shams

this fun guys sewing project (brett will be back for sewing 101 next week!) comes from jacinda of prudent baby. {thanks for sharing, jacinda!} In my home we have a strict 4 pillow (2 per person) rule in our bed. So I came up with a solution for having pretty pillows that you can still…

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diy project: faux-embroidery quote hoops

diy project: faux-embroidery quote hoops

this fun guest diy project comes from brooke premo, whose whimsical etsy shop is named playing grownup. {thanks for sharing brooke!} I love the cozy, homey look of embroidered words. Especially when the needlepoint spells out meaningful quotes or phrases. But, honestly, who has the time? For a wedding shower, I wanted to surround the…

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Wednesday June 16th, 2010

Wednesday June 9th, 2010

diy, diy projects, kate pruitt by 25

diy project: portable sun shade

diy project: portable sun shade

i’ve been thinking about public spaces a lot recently for numerous reasons, but mostly because the issue of public space always pops into mind in nicer weather. after months of abnormally cold temperatures, my neighborhood is finally getting warm sun and i want to enjoy it! i know a lot of urban dwellers have no…

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diy: hand printed mouse pad from manmadeDIY

diy: hand printed mouse pad from manmadeDIY

Hi, I’m Chris Gardner from ManMadeDIY.com, and it’s wonderful to be here for a guest post! At ManMade, I’m always on the lookout for craft and home décor projects that’ll work from a masculine perspective, but to be honest, the stuff that gets me the MOST excited are gender-neutral projects – you know, those that…

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Wednesday April 7th, 2010

artwork, diy, products by 20

josh blackwell + plastic bags

just yesterday i was talking about my love of celebrating everyday “disposable” goods and now i’ve found a new artist working in that vein that love, thanks to one the lovely deanne cheuk. yesterday deanne featured artist josh blackwell’s plastic bag art over at the internetwork and i was instantly hooked. josh uses everyday plastic…

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