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The DIY Tailor: Three Common Broken Zipper Problems and How to Fix Them. There are two basic principles to the ManMade approach to style and dress: fit is everything, and buy high-quality, universal items that will last.

The DIY Tailor: Three Common Broken Zipper Problems and How to Fix Them

In order to help you hold on to those investment items, and make sure they suit you as best they can, ManMade is happy to present our latest series: The DIY Tailor. This summer and fall, professional tailor and alteration specialist Danni Trester will teach us some basic sewing principles and easy DIY repairs that every guy should know.

Zippers are awesome inventions that make getting in and out of clothing easy and fast. However, when they break they often render the garment useless. Crochet Bags ~ FREE Crochet Patterns.

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Transfer Images Using Freezer Paper. It was purely by accident that I figured out this method of transferring a printed image.

Transfer Images Using Freezer Paper

It is simple to do and you don't need any special paper or products! If you can print it from your computer then you can transfer it to a fabric or wood surface. Now, this project I am about to show you is not very exciting, but it will give you the idea of how the transfer is done...so here it goes. 12 Easy Image Transfer Methods for DIY Projects. How to Print on Fabric - Freezer Paper Method.

Print on Fabric with an Inkjet Printer. By Andrew Lewis Sometimes I have a great idea for a textile project, but I get put off by the thought of trawling through the seemingly endless bolts of fabric at the store.

Print on Fabric with an Inkjet Printer

Then I think about the hassle of haggling over the price and ending up with three times as much fabric as I actually needed. I decided to try printing my own fabric on an inkjet printer, and the results really exceeded my expectations. The advantages to this technique are tremendous, and I don’t have to haggle over prices any more. I get my own designs, in the quantity I need, at a fraction of the price I would normally pay. The only drawback is that people keep asking me to print something special for them, too! DIY Open Source Solar Concentrator Tutorials Now Available. © SolarFlowerEver wanted to tinker about with a homebrewed solar energy system?

DIY Open Source Solar Concentrator Tutorials Now Available

Then this project, SolarFlower, might be just the ticket for you. The creator, Daniel Connell, has been working on his concentrated solar energy collector for several years now, and has just launched a web home for it, complete with detailed tutorials. SolarFlower is: "An open source solar energy collector which tracks the sun automatically through a simple non-electrical mechanism.

It can be made almost anywhere from common recycled and salvaged materials using basic tools and skills, is portable, has no running costs or emissions, and can produce up to kilowatts of power per device. According to Connell, the potential uses for these devices include electrical generation, water purification, cooking, bio-char and charcoal, food dehydration, heating, gasification, and just about anything else heat can be used for.

DIY Solar Air Heating Collectors: Pop Can vs Screen Absorbers. Search The Renewable Energy site for Do-It-Yourselfers.

DIY Solar Air Heating Collectors: Pop Can vs Screen Absorbers

DIY Solar Air Heating Collectors: Pop Can vs Screen Absorbers. Solar Heater. DIY Solar Heater for Garages and Sheds. How I built an electricity producing Solar Panel. Several years ago I bought some remote property in Arizona.

How I built an electricity producing Solar Panel

I am an astronomer and wanted a place to practice my hobby far away from the sky-wrecking light pollution found near cities of any real size. In my attempt to escape city light pollution, I found a great piece of remote property. The problem is, it's so remote that there is no electric service available. Build this open source DIY wind turbine for $30. Getting started with home wind energy projects can set you back a pretty penny if you buy a finished product, but if you're a little bit handy and don't mind scrounging for materials and getting creative in the garage or backyard, you can try your hand at building one of these DIY wind turbines for about $30 in materials.

Build this open source DIY wind turbine for $30

After all, it is #iheartrenewables week! We've previously covered Daniel Connell's open source concentrated solar collector plans, but now he's back with another great DIY renewable energy project, a vertical axis wind turbine based on the Lenz2 lift+drag design. Connell's design calls for using aluminum lithographic offset printing plates to catch the wind, which he says can be obtained cheaply (or possibly even free) from an offset printing company, and a variety of hardware and a bicycle wheel. "The turbine uses the ~40% mechanically efficient Lenz2 lift+drag design. Here's a little clip of the vertical axis wind turbine being challenged by strong winds: How I built an electricity producing wind turbine.

Several years ago I bought some remote property in Arizona.

How I built an electricity producing wind turbine

I am an astronomer and wanted a place to practice my hobby far away from the terrible light pollution found near cities of any real size. I found a great piece of property. The problem is, it's so remote that there is no electric service available. That's not really a problem. No electricity equals no light pollution. One thing I noticed right away about my property is that most of the time, the wind is blowing. Crocheting with plastic yarn. Inga has put up a video about how to prepare plastic bags for knitting and crochet, as well as cutting up clothes.

Crocheting with plastic yarn

I'm currently crocheting a plastic floral display for an exhibition on recycling and re-using. I've found that the cheaper quality supermarket bags are much easier to work with, they are very much like paper, while the high street branch bags (the shiny ones) tend to stick really badly to the hook and knitting with those is a nightmare. But I've found a solution: sprayed WD40 onto a cloth and ran the plastic strip through it. Works like a miracle, the stitches fly off the needles. Plastic bag yarn/ making yarn from a tube. Needlepoint Teacher. 20 DIY Shelving Projects - From DIY Honeycomb Shelves to Vintage Suitcase Vanities. Tree Bookcase by Roberto Corazza. Trees & Fairytales Gotta love the Tree Bookcase by Roberto Corazza!

Tree Bookcase by Roberto Corazza

It breaks the monotony of classic horizontal shelving and provides a whimsical touch of fantasy when it comes to storing your books. Open on both the front and back sides, the single-cast, plastic case can be affixed to the wall or stand freely in the center of a room with accessibility from both sides. Designer: Roberto Corazza. Free DIY Plans and Step by Step Video Tutorial on How To Make a Modern Tree Shaped Bookshelf. Bathroom and Kitchen Projects. Miss Kopy Kat. How to Make a Rubber Urethane Mold for Casting Starfish. Here's my tutorial how to make a rubber urethane mold for Casting Your Very Own White Finger Starfish. Now, why would I want to cast starfish when I can buy real starfish for as little as a buck a piece (or even less)?

Well, the fact that these pretty animals are harvested alive for decor purposes just makes me cringe, therefor I don't buy starfish (nor shells or any other sea life). If you feel the same, you'll love this project! How to Make Fondant Starfish. DIY Chalk Paint. Homemade Lotion Recipe - How to Make Your Own Lotion. If you are still using the cancer-in-a-bottle store bought lotion on yourself or your family, there are super easy natural alternatives!

In fact, this recipe is incredibly simple to make and all the ingredients are available here. It only has three basic ingredients and literally takes ten minutes to make! Build Your Own Easel!