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Feb 11, 2014

5 Ways to Fix that Worn Out Piece of Clothing

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Face it. Sometimes, clothing wears out. Even hard working denim...   

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Jan 27, 2014

How to: Make a Custom Leather Tool Roll

Make one for yourself. Make one for your buddy. Make one for everyone you know.    

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Jan 14, 2014

Making a DIY Scroll Saw from a Vintage Sewing Machine

Simon had a sewing machine. A well-built, vintage Brother - built, as he says, "to survive an atomic attack. Everything is shiny stainless steel or molded aluminum."

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But Simon didn't really need a sewing machine. He needed a scroll saw. Guess where this is going...   

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Jan 13, 2014

How to: Super Simple, Rustic Dish Towels

Look - there's nothing acceptable about a dirty kitchen...or a bare one, for that matter. This rustic, organic dish towel project is super simple basic sewing project that'll give your kitchen some serious texture.   

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Jan 07, 2014

How to: Make a Custom Leather Briefcase from Scratch (with a Secret Stash Pocket)

Phiske, a leather craftsman and the artist behind Cachicamo Leather Works, details the steps towards making this beautiful, custom leather briefcase that is certain to last a few lifetimes. The best part? The design includes a hidden compartment in the bottom for your extra valuables and/or secret spy documents.   

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Dec 16, 2013

The Easiest Way to Thread a Needle

It's easier for a camel to pass through an eye of the needle than a rich man to get into heaven...and it's not much simpler to get an actual thread through. Too many easy DIY clothing repairs and fixes have been thwarted from the getgo because it's never not frustrating to thread a needle.   

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Nov 11, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Reversible Bow Tie from Old Neck Ties

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Jason Loper - founder of Captain Dapper and friend of ManMade - figured out this excellent technique for turning old worn out neck ties (hit the thrift store!) into stylish DIY bow ties. 

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Sep 17, 2013

Style Hack: How to Make a DIY Skinny Necktie from a Thrift Store Tie

Secondhand stores and thrift shops are filled with neck ties with all kinds of cool patterns and textures, and most go for only a dollar or two each. The problem? They're often way too wide to match the lapels of modern suits.

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Feb 14, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Leather eReader or Tablet Cover

 

My friend Ryan had a problem; a problem with stealing his wife Chelsea's Nook eReader so as to gorge on the entire Game of Thrones series. So, he snagged his own Nook Simple Touch, and figured out a way to make a custom leather case and cover with no special sewing or leatherworking skills, and he didn't even have to pay for materials.

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Feb 07, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Laptop Sleeve from a Secondhand Wool Sweater

I'm always a fan of warming up technology with cases and accessories made from organic materials like wood, leather, and natural fabrics. By day, my phone lives in leather (this one), and by night, charges on tree branches. So, this DIY laptop case project made from an old 100% wool sweater

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Oct 23, 2012

Please Help Me Decide What to Make Out of These Stupid Shorts...and Win Free Stuff

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For some reason, I can't bear to throw out this silly pair of cotton shorts. I've had them for eighteen-ish years, more than half my life. I don't have any particularly good memories of them, and I mostly just wore them as pajamas

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Oct 22, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Leather Cup Jacket

My pal (and amazing craftsman) Matt came up with this cool project to transform an ordinary Kerr canning jar into a stylish vessel for serving warm drinks without burning your hands.    

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Oct 02, 2012

How to: A Quick and Easy DIY Method to Repair Your Own Denim Jeans

created at: 10/02/2012While 95% of the makeup of a pair of jeans will last for many years, a few particular points are much more vulnerable to wear: ripped seams, worn knees, or the big one, crotch blowout. Fortunately, even big tears can easily be repaired at home for little little money and just a few minutes.  

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Sep 05, 2012

The Process: Crafting a Durable Bag

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John Cho Moore creates men's bags and briefcases from sturdy canvas, leather, and shaped bamboo. Really. As Michael of Those Who Make says, "After working for companies that embraced a disposable state of mind, John aimed to create a product that would get better with age. Follow along as John utilizes durable, quality materials – waxed canvas, leather and bamboo – to craft a timeless bag."  

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Aug 27, 2012

The American Craftsman Project

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The American Craftsman Project is a new series by Tadd Myers, dedicated to capturing, honoring, and celebrating the work, skills, and products created and built by true craftsmen and artisans.  

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Jul 02, 2012

Soft Sculptures by Margarita Cabrera

Mexican-born artist Margarita Cabrera has created this compelling line of "soft sculptures," in which she replaces the parts of everyday items such as cars, appliances, and backpacks with fabric and thread. In doing so, the "threads left exposed serve as a reminder of the labor involved in the manufacturing of this subject matter. Sagging vinyl imbues the work with an anthropomorphic quality that references the harsh nature of worker’s realities."   

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Jun 19, 2012

The Process: How Major League Baseballs Are Made

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It seems strange to say it, but the process of creating baseballs that conform to Major League Baseballs standards is actually a pretty secretative process. Certainly, anyone whose played with a ball to deconstruction can admit that it's a leather exterior wrapped around a bunch of string and a bouncy ball in the center. But it's the precision cutting, curved stitching, and precise size

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Jun 18, 2012

Legacy of Cool: A Film about the Versatility, Ruggedness, and Ubiquity of Denim

The Legacy of Cool is a new film about all things denim: its longevity, pervasiveness, cultural impact, and the fact that it's basically the coolest fabric of all time.  

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May 24, 2012

Finally, A Sewing Kit for Men

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If you go to any craft store and head to the "notions" section and check out the sewing kits and boxes, you will notice they: 1) are made of wicker and look like a kitten should be poking its head out of the lid, or 2) they are covered in flowers. Big, ornate, fancy flowers. I've been looking for years, and I've had to settle for storing my sewing gear in an old tackle box.

Design student Sean Gardner noticed the same thing, and decided to do something about it.

He created Oxford.  

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May 18, 2012

The Process: How Denim Jeans are Made, By Hand

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Ande Whall is one-man shop and independent denim designer from New Zealand. He recently posted his process of making a pair of jeans, from receiving the rolled denim from Japan, cutting each piece by hand, sewing the pockets and stitches and fastening the rivets and buttons.

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