Fall Style Guide: The Cutest and Coziest Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless Gloves
Source: Martha Stewart

When the air starts to crisp up, wearing layers is key to being comfortable.  Fingerless gloves can be a fun and practical addition to your fall wardrobe.  They add warmth, style, and keep your fingers free for devices and other dexterous tasks.  Read on for a roundup of DIY, buy, and up-cycled options.  You will want to get this kind of cozy into your life.        

knit pattern fingerless gloves
Source: Ravelry

1. Ravelry offers a free pattern for these knit onesContinue Reading

Seriously Useful Apartment-Friendly Closet Organization Ideas for Renters

Photo: Elena Elisseeva/Shutterstock

 

Most beautifully organized closets have one thing in common – built-ins. Whether it be custom shelving or even IKEA installations, a little (or a lot) of construction is needed. But what if you're a renter, and you can't make any permanent changes to your closet? Are you doomed to a single hanger rod and basically a hot mess? Luckily we have some solutions that don't require a power drill. Read on for renter-friendly ideas that will keep your closet nice and tidy. Continue Reading

How to Fold Everything in Your Dresser

How to fold everything in your dresser

There's nothing quite like the frustration of trying to find a shirt in a dresser drawer packed full of balled up clothes. There's no order, and everything is kind of just shoved in there. While it may be tempting to just close up your dresser drawers when they start to get chaotic, being able to have everything nicely folded and visible will make getting ready in the morning a million times easier. So, rather than just tossing that tee in the back of the drawer, fold it properly the first time so you can find it when you need it.  Continue Reading

Two Weird Things You Should Start Putting in Your Dryer

Two laundry hacks for your dryer

I'm always skeptical of “hacks” I see on the internet. Sometimes techniques touted as life hacks can be – well… hacky! On the flip side, we've tested a few hacks here on Curbly before with surprising success. I've seen these two laundry hacks pass through my media feeds a few times, and decided to finally give in and try them out myself. Both are supposed to optimize your dryer. Do they work? Let's find out!             

Dryer Hack #1: Replace dryer sheets with rolled up aluminum foil

Balled up aluminum foil can replace dryer sheets in the dryer

THE THEORY: You may have seen this one. Continue Reading

My Weirdest Laundry Tip, Straight From the Auto Repair Shop

Curbly house laundry room

When I was growing up, my mom had a laundry stain treatment that I haven't seen anyone else I know use. Searching a store's laundry aisle for it a few years ago, I came up empty-handed, so I asked her where she found it. “Sometimes it's in the automotive care aisle,” she answered, and that is indeed where I spotted one of my favorite stain-treatments.     

 

Goop, which has been around since 1949, and has absolutely nothing to do with Gwyneth Paltrow, is primarily sold as a hand cleaner. Continue Reading

How to Make a Dress from Scratch in 15 Minutes!

Today I'm going to teach you how to make a dress that's stylish and convertible, in just fifteen minutes. Really. It requires only four seams, and looks deceptively simple before you put it on; the success of the dress lies in the way you wrap the ribbon around your body. This project is easy enough for almost anyone to do – all you need to know is how to sew in a straight line.  

How to make a dress from scratch - sewing tutorial

 

I used jersey material for my dress, but most fabrics with some stretch will work. Continue Reading

Sew Yourself a Pair of Shorts in Under an Hour!

How to sew shorts without needing a pattern

I have a really hard time buying shorts. I usually can’t find any in the store that I like, because, let’s face it – most women’s shorts are so short they’re actually just denim underwear in disguise. Even if I do find shorts I like, I can’t seem to bring myself to pay $25 for an article of clothing that requires so little fabric, and that I’m only going to wear for a few months out of the year. Continue Reading

How to Transform a T-Shirt: Three Ways

T-Shirt DIY Ideas: How to Transform a T-Shirt Three Ways

The moment the temperature outside starts reaching 90º is the same moment I start reaching for my scissors. Not a summer has passed where I haven't cut the sleeves off a tee or turned jeans into jorts (isn't that the best word ever?). With some scissors and a bit of thread, you can turn a boring tee that you may have otherwise thrown out into your new favorite top. There are a million ways to cut up and refashion a t-shirt – here are three of my favorite t-shirt DIY ideas.        Continue Reading

How To: Turn Button-Up Shirts into Throw Pillows!

created at: 03/12/2012

Curbly reader Chrissann sent me a link to her awesome DIY pillow idea recently and I am SO glad she did!  It is the single most creative (and cute) repurposing project I have ever seen.  Also?  Her “before and after” photos totally cracked me up:   

created at: 03/12/2012

See?  Ha!  Anyway, Chrissann had the most brilliant idea of turning her husband’s worn out shirts into these perfectly quirky throw pillows.  Aren’t they adorable?  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • clean, ironed button-up shirts (one per pillow)
  • pillow forms
  • sewing machine or handheld stitcher
  • scissors
  • pins

Once you’ve picked out which shirts you’re going to use, check out Chrissann’s how-to over on Ducks in a Row! Continue Reading

Survey: What Are Your Laundry Habits?

created at: 03/12/2012

This month we’re talking about cleaning and organization, so we’re doing a few surveys to get an idea of how clean and organized you guys are (or aren’t). Last week, we asked about your general cleaning habits and frequency, and today’s installment is about that most dreaded of household chores: the laundry.

Read on to cast your vote!   

(Please vote only once)

Don’t worry, your response is completely anonymous and we’re just collecting this unscientific info for fun and conversation. Continue Reading