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Dec 31, 2015

How to: Sew This Awesome Weekend Bag

I recently saw Spectre and was struck by how many amazing suits James Bond had (naturally), and that he somehow managed to fit them all into a single leather duffle bag (unnaturally). Now I'm a big sucker for quality duffle or weekend bags, even if they don't possess Mary Poppins magic. After scoping around the internet a bit for some cheap ones to purchase it occurred to me making one would be way cooler...   

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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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Aug 25, 2015

Make This: A Leather Wallet from an Old Cowboy Boot

It happens to me regularly. I'll be cruising down the aisles of a secondhand shop or antique market, and I'll stumble across a great pair of warm and worn cowboy boots. I'll do the mental exercise in my head... "Can I actually pull off a cowboy boot? And would I even wear them if I bought them?" I'll shuffle around a bit, and then commit to at least trying them on, and usually

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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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Aug 10, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Getting Started In Leatherworking is Cheaper Than You Thought

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day.  

Leather StringLove the thought of making useful and beautiful pieces out of leather? Here are the first few steps to get started down the path of making your own essential carry pieces and everyday items from that timeless and durable material.

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Jul 01, 2015

Skills 101: How to Use a Stiching Awl to Sew Heavy Duty Fabrics and Leather

created at: 07/01/2015

I once ran into a dude at the leathercraft supply shop, who was talking to his friend about all his big ideas, and telling his buddy what to get. He threw a wood handled stitching awl into the basket, and stated, "Oh, yeah, man. You definitely need this. It's like a handheld sewing machine." Not quite, overzealous and under-qualified craftsplainer. 

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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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Feb 25, 2015

How to: Make a Custom Leather Key Cover

True personal style is all in the details, from little things like buttons and where you cut your sideburns to the texture and shape of your accessories and daily carry items. This easy leather key cover project is exactly that: a simple, DIY way to add a little personal touch to the things you use everyday.    

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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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Jan 07, 2015

When Crafts Collide: A Sewn Wooden Ottoman

Sewn wood veneer ottoman

Designers Anastasiya Koshcheeva and Oya-Meryem Yanik have done the impossible by creating a simple, stunning piece of furniture with a sewing machine. Ok, sewing wood isn't impossible, but it certainly is an incredible idea with possibilities that these two designers have only begun to explore.

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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

created at: 11/07/2014

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 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 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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Jul 08, 2014

Before and After: Refinishing an Old Wooden Sewing Case

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Before the era of everything-is-made-of-plastic sewing machines, these helpful tools were created from long-lasting materials designed to stand up to any project and the test of time, namely: metal. And the cases, while usually covered in some once-stylish but now worn vinyl are often made from wood.

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Jul 02, 2014

How to: Turn an IKEA Beach Chair into a Modern Leather Lounge Chair

leather lounge chair DIY

Another great IKEA hack, gentleman! This time a classic, stripe-y beach chair gets flipped into a modern lounge chair, while keeping things affordable. 

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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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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 22, 2014

What's the Deal with the Colored Thread on the Bottom Button of Men's Shirts?

created at: 04/22/2014

If you've worn a button down shirt in, oh, the last 100 years or so, you may have noted an interesting feature: the last button hole and button thread are sewn with a different, contrasting color than the rest, particularly in solid color shirts. Or, you could be like me, and have worn button down shirts thousands of times over your existing decades, only to recently realize the thread color was different, and, once aware, started noticing it everywhere. Or perhaps you just looked down as you were reading this and learned that it is indeed true of the shirt you're wearing right now... Regardless, the question stands:

Why? Why are the bottom hole and button sewn with a different color thread?   

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