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Jun 09, 2010

How To: Make a DIY Moleskine Pen Holder

DIY Moleskine Pen HolderEven if you've created your own Moleskine-style notebook, you're still stuck with the eternal problem - how to you stick a pen in this sleek, perfectly compact and engineered stack of pre-inspiration?

Well - you make an external pocket, of course, and Gnat Gnat has created a PDF to show you how to do it.

"Iʼve followed several pen hacks posted online though none have really worked well for me. My Mam came up with the following solution... Big fan of my Mam!

You will need:

  • Approx 4cm wide x 63cm long black elastic ribbon
  •  Use of sewing machine (or someone to sew for you)
  • Black thread, tape measure and scissors

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Jun 07, 2010

Make Your Own Cycling Cap

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The casquette - cycling cap - is styled to keep the sun out of your eyes and the rain off your face while not obstructing your vision.

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While they were plenty available in the 80s, they're a bit harder to find in the U.S., and often come plastered with team names or advertisements. So, our vote, as per usual, is to make your own.

Flickr user Panda Face has created a pattern that allows you to use whatever sort of fabric you'd want.Cycling Cap Pattern by Panda Face.

"Here is a basic pattern for the cycling cap I made. I have a big head so pull in the seams untill it fits you, then hem the length and stich the bill on. Cut on the thick lines, sitch the thin. If you

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Jun 04, 2010

How To: Sew a Drawstring Bike Seat Cover

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Sometimes your bike seat is in terrible physical shape, yet still fine to sit upon. Sometimes it needs a bit more cushioning, or you may need to cover up its brandname to deter theft. Or, perhaps you simply wanna give your cycle some custom color flair.

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Whatever reason, sewing a removable drawstring bike seat cover is super easy and makes a great quick project.

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Apr 29, 2010

How To: Make a Tiny Tie from a Full-Sized One

This one's fun, whether making a tie for a tyke, or turning your own into a clip-on cause you can't quite master that double windsor.

Marigold from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! has created an ace tutorial for recycling a full-sized tie into one that'll work on a tinier snazzy dresser. "Now we's simple folk and we don't really go for them fancy clothes, and I don't like spending big money on clothes I know will only be worn once or twice. So I hit up some consignment shops and overstock stores like Ross and Marshall's and managed to throw together two formal outfits for my kids for under $30. The one thing I couldn't find was a cute tie for Milo to match his hand-me-down navy pinstripe trousers. So I did what any crafty momma would do--found a $3 tie on clearance in the men's section and made a few cuts and and stitches and managed to make a very cute boy's tie." 

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Apr 28, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Suspenders

Friends, the Twenty First Century is here, and belts are simply not the only option for keeping your pants up. We've re-embraced the bowtie, and goshdarnit, we gotta get the suspenders back in style. There was, of course. the brief suspender revival of the late eighties/early nineties that accompanied the horrid braided leather belt/Patrick Batemen trend (I'm looking at you, Tim Allen), but let's move forward.

The always excellent Running with Scissors offers a great step-by-step for making a pair of suspenders from scratch, including the y-shaped braces and adding the appropriately spaced buttons to your pants.

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Apr 16, 2010

How To: Customize an Off-the-Rack Shirt

Urban Threads' Niamh O’Connor has made a keen observation: "For some reason the embroidery industry hasn’t much tried to cater to dudes, and likewise they don’t seem to be too crazy about the idea of cute applique bunnies sewn onto their shirts. So, largely they have been ignored."

Ignored, indeed. So she created this great how-to, complete with some hardcore embroidery, bleach stenciling, patches, and some super easy scrappy-stitch adornments.

  

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Mar 11, 2010

ManMade Video How-To: Make a Custom, No-Sew Tool Belt from Repurposed Fabric

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The most efficient way to get your creative work done quickly is to keep your tools and gear within an arms reach. And if YOU move around, then so do your arms, so the best soiutions keep your goodies ON your person...like a tool belt.

And if your project is framing a house, then a traditional Bob Vila-style tool belt will do just fine. But if your arsenal involves items other than a hammer and drill, its often tough to find the perfect place to put  your tools.

So, make that perfect place. A tool belt is only as useful as its ability to store the things YOU use on your projects. ManMade went to hang out with fabric master Amy D. to see if we could create a durable, customized tool belt on the cheap.  

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Mar 04, 2010

ManMade Top Ten: Sewing Notions that Guys Will Actually Use

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Every craft and medium requires the right tool for the job. And while most men won't need a Shape-A-Dart for altering patterns to match the proper cup-size, we do love us some gear, and sewing notions are no exception. Here are ten tools - beyond the obvious needle/thread and sewing machine/bobbin combos - you'll never regret buying.

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1. Seam ripper. I hate to admit it, but this is the sewing tool I use the most. One doesn't nail every stitch every time, and there's simply no better way to get it out and start fresh. These are also great for ripping apart clothing for fabric hacking and reuse.

2. Tailor's chalk/Marking Pen As a pencil is to woodworking, tailor's chalk is essential to proper seamster-ing. You gotta be able to mark what your doing - where to sew, where to cut, where to pin, and tailor's chalk, in both white (for dark fabrics) and blue (for lighter ones) is my favorite medium, as it rubs right out. They also make markers and pencils for special projects and fabrics - a water soluble pen is handy for special projects (like embroidery) when you need drawing control.

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Feb 26, 2010

How To: Sew a Pair of Boxer Shorts

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During Valentine's Day season, a whole bunch of craft and style blogs did round-ups of special, handmade ladies undergarments. I kept my eyes open for an article on underwear for the gents, but it never surface.

So I did some research, and this is best of the free how-tos out there.  

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Feb 18, 2010

ManMaker: Brian Vann, with a Studio Tour!

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Brian Vann is a master steamster from San Francisco who makes [mostly] handbags and totes out of vintage fabric. He recently reorganized his studio, and took lots of photos. ReadyMade mag's Make Nice blog recently highlighted his creative space.

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A vintage soap dish, magentized to catch pins, and Brian's platter collection:

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Feb 16, 2010

Stylish Men's Sewing Kit

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Designer Elizabeth Dilk came up with this sleek sewing kit intended for men who just need the essentials: "Unassuming sewing kit packaged in a 3.5" cube. Contains just the essentials, and directions to replace a button, mend a tear and hem pants. In three tiers, the box contains straight pins, safety pins, sewing needles, 7 types of thread, a seam ripper, tape measure and a packet of spare buttons. Directions are printed on the interior so that losing instructions is impossible."

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I'm loving the design of the kit...the color and especially the typeface. Anybody know what it is?

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Sew more at Elizabeth's site.

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Feb 15, 2010

How To: Water Bottle Pocket

I'm still on the search for the perfect day-to-day bag. I admit, I ask alot: I need something that carries and protect my computer and my DSLR, as well as fits my collection of things I use daily - books, paperwork, notebook, cables, glasses/contacts, multitool, etc, etc - that's carriable when I walk, bike, or ride my scooter.water bottle holder

And I think I've found the almost perfect option - with the almost hinging on the lack of external pocket to carry my water bottle or a drink. But, this quick and easy hanging bottle carrier from Between the Lines seems like a great solution.

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Feb 11, 2010

How To: Tailor a Button-Down Shirt for a Perfect Fit

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Men's shirts are sized in crazy ways - sometimes its sleeve length and neck dimensions, sometimes they're in chest dimesions (like a suit), and often, just the unpredictable small-medium-large. So, men, too, often have to buy for certain body measurements - length, sleeve, neck sizes, chest girth - and have other aspects not fit. It's why most men's button down shirts are baggy with big sleeves, and that weird muffin-top thing that billows out when we tuck them in.

So, next time you find that perfect vintage buttondown at the second hand shop, but it's flows around you like you're swimming in a gingham plaid Superman cape, pay the .99

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Feb 08, 2010

How To: Sew a Necktie

Don't tell my mom, but I don't actually mind wearing a tie...Granted, with my job and social circles, it's a rare occassion when it's appropriate, so when I find my self needing to rock the half-windsor, it's kinda fun.

Every North American man has plenty of connections to the necktie: As kids, we learn to knot them. As teenagers, we learn to hate them. But as grown-ups...as grown-ups, my friends...

Well, we can learn to sew our own.

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Jan 02, 2010

How To: Fused Plastic Belt

Here's a fresh take on the fusing plastic bags/DIY Tyvek trick: creating a strong base with opaque white plastic bags for durability, then adding an attractive top layer for some graphic punch!

Materials:

  • 1.5" cotton webbing (or polyester or nylon)
  •  Plastic grocery bags or other plastic packaging
  • Fray Check or thread glue
  • Belt buckle (I took one off an old belt)
  • 3/16" metal eyelets and eyelet tool (make sure your belt prong will fit through this size)
  • Coordinating thread (and heavy duty thread if you have it around)
Tools needed: sewing machine, scissors, and hammer

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