How-To: Make Your Own Bedroom Dress Boys

created at: 12/02/2010

Okay, show of hands.  Who actually knows what “dress boys” are?  Admittedly, I had never heard of them but apparently they’re a ‘thing’… and people use them.  Basically, you take an old chair, saw it in half, and attach it to the wall.  Presto!  A new place to drape your clothes.  

created at: 12/02/2010

If you’re prone to leaving your dirty clothes on the floor – or – if you’re the type to get all your clothes ready for the next day, this is a great solution.  Continue Reading

Roundup: 12 Unconventional Christmas Trees That Will Have You Re-Thinking The Fir

created at: 12/01/2010

As a tradition, my husband and I usually go on the day after Thanksgiving to pick out a tree with his family.  There’s a special lot that has our preferred species (Balsam Firs – I love how skinny and open they are, which is great for showcasing ornaments.  Take a peek at our tree from last year to see what I mean).  This year, though, we were out of town and to this day are still treeless, which is nearly blasphemous.  Continue Reading

Tie Pography

created at: 2009-05-21

Either you love or hate things made from old ties. Skirts, handbags, belts have been predictably sewn  from old ties. Even tablecloths and footstools have been made from the long bias-cut silk strands.  Over on Dudecraft we found a refreshing twist, or should I say knot, for the familiar piece of flair.

created at: 2009-05-22

Ed Nacional has created a fresh use for old ties in his display typeface tie pography. His work appears in the first issue of Upper Case MagazineContinue Reading

Upcycle: Turn an Oatmeal Box Into a Pretty Ribbon Holder

created on: 12/03/08

 Turn an oatmeal box, baby wipe container, corn meal box or any other cylindrical container into a fabric covered pretty ribbon container. Covering the container with a fun fabric  could easily turn this into the perfect handmade gift for the crafty friends in your life. To see the step by step instructions and photographs, read on….

What you need:

  • container
  • fabric
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • straight edge
  • utility knife
  • spray adhesive
  • fabric glue
  • gimp or other trim for the top
  • dowel rod (optional)

created on: 12/03/08

What you do:

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Recycle your favorite T into a pillow!


I’ve heard of people making quilts out of their favorite old t-shirts, but I think I like Savy Seams’s idea of turning them into pillows even better! And can you imagine cuddling with the worn fabric of an old friend? How comfy that would be! (This would also be a great way of re-using those T’s that we’ve ‘grown out of’ but can’t bear to give away.)

What you need:

a t-shirt
pillow form
a zipper
a needle for  knit fabric, sewing machine and iron
something with which to mark your fabric

What you do:

Head on over to Savvy Seams for a most excellent tutorial. Continue Reading