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Master Basic Sewing Repairs

Master Basic Sewing Repairs

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain Interested in doing things yourself? Check out more articles in our Make-Your-Own Guide. It's happened. In the rush to get out the door to an important meeting, your perfect goes-with-everything cardigan popped a button. Or else...

DIY Yoga Gear: Make Yoga Gear at Home

DIY Yoga Gear: Make Yoga Gear at Home

By Contributing Editor Colleen Welch View our complete guide to healthy living! One of my favorite aspects of yoga is that anyone can do it, especially if the teacher correctly sets up the class for success. Yoga isn't about competition or looking better than the...

How to Distill Spirits at Home

How to Distill Spirits at Home

A guide to craft spirit distillation There is a new movement to make local, small batch craft spirits or hard liquor. This movement is inspired by those seeking to make high quality gins, whiskeys, vodkas or rums which have a distinctive personal touch. In this...

How to Build a Clothes Drying Rack at Home

How to Build a Clothes Drying Rack at Home

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain Clothes dryers are energy hogs. Big time. In the average American household, twelve percent of the energy used goes into the clothes dryer. TWELVE PERCENT! That means, next to the big important things like your furnace and your...

Back to School: Binder Repair Tutorial

Back to School: Binder Repair Tutorial

Make at Home Kits By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain Save a cruddy old binder from the landfill by repairing broken or crooked binder rings, and turning it into something cool and personalized. Materials: 1 ugly binder, ready to be resurrected and beautified 1...

REFASHIONED APRON TUTORIAL: FROM SKIRT TO APRON

REFASHIONED APRON TUTORIAL: FROM SKIRT TO APRON

This project is a great way of giving a too-small skirt a second life as an apron. Here, I’m using a kids’ size 16 skirt I found at Salvation Army. First, assemble your materials: a cotton or cotton-blend skirt without an elastic waist, pins, a hand-sewing needle,...

Green Gift Ideas: Make a Message Board from an Altoids Tin

Green Gift Ideas: Make a Message Board from an Altoids Tin

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain Make gifts out of junk. It might not sound appealing when worded that way, but taking a thoughtful and creative approach to your gift list is a terrific way to green your holidays. Many of the everyday items we think of as...

APRON TUTORIAL: FROM SKIRT TO APRON

APRON TUTORIAL: FROM SKIRT TO APRON

  Easily transform a large men’s button-down shirt into an apron using these instructions. Materials: 1 large button-down shirt, preferably with a straight bottom hem. Also scissors, pins, a fabric marking pen or pencil (a colored pencil works in a pinch), and...

Growing a Straw Bale Garden

Growing a Straw Bale Garden

If you’re an urban gardener who’s despaired of finding enough space to grow even a tomato plant or two, “building” a garden with straw bales creates a whole new range of possibilities. Do you have rocky, uneven, or unyielding clay soil? Are you unable or unwilling to...

How to make root beer

The average can of root beer soda has over 10 teaspoons of sugar, not to mention high-fructose corn syrup and other additives. If you love a cold can of root beer, learn how to make homemade root beer instead of buying it from the store and wasting the cans and...

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