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Nov 19, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Headphone Organizer

Ahh...the pocket earbud tangle nest. You've seen it, you hate it, and you promise yourself not to do it again next. We say, this weekend, do something about it.   

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Nov 04, 2015

How to Wax Canvas Fabric

You've probably seen common menswear or outdoor items made from "waxed canvas" in your favorite Etsy shops or outfitter sites. It's a traditional means of making fabric weather-resistant, allowing your goods to repel water rather than just soak things in, and dates to hundreds of years before the advent of Gore-Tex and other DWR materials.  

But you don't just head to the fabric store and pick up a bolt of waxed canvas. Instead, 

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Nov 03, 2015

Style How-to: DIY Elbow Patches to Class Up Any Jacket (or Sweater)

If you’re opting for a tweed or corduroy suit jacket, you don’t necessarily need to shell out the big bucks since you're going for the more worn-in, collegiate appearance. A thrift store jacket in your correct size can be tailored and DIY-ed into a nice alternate statement.

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Sep 25, 2015

What's the Deal with the 5th Pocket on Your Denim Jeans?

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Ever wonder why your jeans have that little fifth pocket on the right side? 

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Aug 24, 2015

How to: Make a Really, Really Durable Dog Toy

How to Make a Really Durable Dog Toy

My dog absolutely loves to tear apart toys. It's almost a fun challenge to see what toy he can't tear apart. That list is pretty short. So, I thought I'd take a stab at making a really durable toy that he might actually have a hard time chewing through. 

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Jun 04, 2015

Life's Work: Six Conversations with Makers

Raise your hand if you love process videos. Mine is definitely up - I'm always down to watch a slow tracked materials shot,  a lens flare coming in through a shop window, a cluttered benchtop scattered with tools and coffee cups. 

created at: 06/04/2015 So is Sam, a public librarian in California who sent me a link to this cool video series by 

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Mar 04, 2015

How to: Make Your Own DIY Woolen Insoles

Cutting Out Boot InsolesThose winter boots not keeping you quite warm enough? Maybe it's time to upgrade the insoles with a fresh set of thick woolen comfort.  

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Mar 02, 2015

Mend Your Clothing the Japanese Way

Japanese Textile Mending

If you have a few wardrobe items that haven't seen the light of day due to some wear and tear. Take a look at the Japanese method of mending textiles, especially denim, with unique, stylized stitchery.

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Jan 19, 2015

A Beginner's Guide to Leatherworking

Photo: Jessyratfink

Leather possesses so much creative potential, particularly for everyday use and carry items that work well with a long-lasting and rugged masculine aesthetic. 

And? It's not hard to get started, but does require a few specialty tools; those that sorta bridge the gap between garage toolbox and traditional sewing kit. 

UPDATE: ManMade has released an original series on the basics of leather crafting. Check out all the posts right here.


 

Or find Jessyratfink's guide on Instructables here.

 

 

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Dec 02, 2014

How to: Sew a Simple Linen Apron

We've said it before, and we'll say it again - every man needs an apron. Especially this time of year, when you gotta keep all that gingerbread and egg nog of your nice holiday sweater.    

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Nov 07, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a DIY Growler Tote from an Upcycled Pair of Jeans

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The growler is a great way to transport beer to a buddy's house to to a party, and allow you to share and enjoy a greater variety of brews than what you can find in six pack. But, what about transporting the actual growler itself? The handles are small and slippery, and the whole thing is made of fragile glass. So, awesome if you're got someone to hold in their laps on the passenger seat, but what if you're walking, cycling, taking transit, or driving solo?   

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Sep 24, 2014

The Reinvention of the Entry-Level Suit

Anyone who reads menswear or men's lifestyle content has noticed the shift over the last three-four years. The suiting dichotomy of "off-the-rack" vs. "tailored" no longer exists, and you simply don't have to spend at least $1000 to look sharp.

The sources are varied: general clothing brands, like J.Crew and its infamous Ludlow, and over-the-seas tailors like Indochino. Suitsupply is awesome, and all of these have a definite, overarching theme - they're slim. They're "tailored," as it were, and they look like the Italian cuts that were out of reach for many just a decade ago.

This isn't news to most of us, but this piece in The Wall

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Sep 09, 2014

How to: Make a Sharp and Sleek Skinny Tie from a Regular Tie

Any guy who's visited a thrift store or a secondhand shop can attest to the ties. Some are hideous, but some are great - unique, but subtle patterns, or an lived-in color combo that can bring your getup together.

There is, of course, the problem of size and the insane widths that used to pass for stylish. But! Snag that vintage necktie anyway, cause its easy to adjust.

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Sep 04, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Waxed Canvas "Brown Bag" Lunch Bag

The brown paper sack is iconic, and pretty cool looking, and waxed canvas is an incredibly durable material. Put them together and what do you got? This great DIY project from Anna Makes.    

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Jul 28, 2014

Dress Shirt Fabric 101: What's the Difference Between Pinpoint, Poplin, Twill, and the Rest?

When I was a young man, I worked my fair share of restaurant server jobs, in which I was required to wear a 100% cotton, white Oxford cloth, dry-cleaned only, and heavily starched. As anyone who's actually carried very many plates covered in leftover sauce wearing a white shirt on a double shift, you needed to own at least four to five of these guys for use in an average week.

Needless to say, none of my shirts ever got dry cleaned or starched (save for that spray can of Niagara), and after realized what happened to real Oxford cloth after wearing for fifteen minutes, none of them were a 100% cotton, either.   

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Jul 23, 2014

How to: Create a Simple, Custom Tool Roll

For many projects, a proper tool box is overkill, plus your tools just bounce around inside, unorganized. 

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Jun 27, 2014

How to: Make a Simple, Go-To Minimalist Tote Bag

You know those days when you have stuff, and you need to move it? Like, the errand-running days: exchange movies at the library, go to the post office, stop by the hardware store, go snatch a six-pack to take to your buddy's house tomorrow...those kinda things. 

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Jun 09, 2014

How to: Pack Your Bags More Efficiently + "Army Roll" Your T-Shirts

Here's a helpful tip for some serious upcoming summer getaways. Cause the more efficiently you pack, the easier you travel; and the easier you travel, the more places you can go.    

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Apr 29, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Leather Sunglasses Case

Sunglasses weather is back! Well, sorta. Close enough for me, anyway. Sporting a pair is not only practical (it is), stylish (can be), but's it's also good for your health. Seriously.

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Apr 24, 2014

Low in Calories, High in Wool: Knitted Comfort Food by Jessica Dance

Artist and 3D illustrator Jessica Dance has collaborated with food photographer David Sykes for "The Comfort Food Series," a collection of knitted tableaus that are "low calorie, high in wool."   

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