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How to Make Your Very Own Absurd Chanel Hula Hoop Purse

As soon as Karl Lagerfeld showed those ridiculous(ly sublime) hula-hoop bags on the Chanel runway for spring, my colleague Dodai and I knew we had to make one. "It's not up to me to say it is chic," said the always-modest Chanel designer after the show. "I thought it was but I cannot say it myself." Well, Karl, we… »10/05/12 7:00pm10/05/12 7:00pm

How To Turn Your Dress Ideas Into Reality By Making A Custom Pattern

Or: Quick and Dirty Pattern-Draping for Fun and Profit! If you're even a neophyte home sewer, you've probably dreamed of making clothing from your own customized patterns. Commercial patterns are fantastic in many ways — the sheer variety always makes flipping through a pattern book (or browsing vintage reproductions… »6/08/12 5:20pm6/08/12 5:20pm

How To Embellish Any T-Shirt (With Designer Natalie Chanin!)

This week's DIY is a t-shirt DIY — which is, in case you haven't guessed, one of my favorite kinds of do-it-yourself project, because of the ubiquity of the raw materials. And this t-shirt DIY comes to you with the help of a very special guest: fashion designer Natalie Chanin, of the label Alabama Chanin. She showed… »5/18/12 6:30pm5/18/12 6:30pm

How to Make Easy, Fast, Foolproof Bread from Scratch

Outside of a bread machine, this is the easiest bread recipe humans have yet devised. You know refrigerator bread? It's easier than that. You know no-knead bread? It's easier than that. Why? Because it's a no-knead refrigerator bread! Once the dough is ready — and the measuring and mixing only takes about 20 minutes —… »2/03/12 6:35pm2/03/12 6:35pm

This Awesome Purse Is Incredibly Easy To Make (Here's How!)

If you've never made a purse before, this just might be the purse for you. My last bag, the envelope clutch, was a great opportunity to explain the basics of leather working and bag construction. But that project had six major seams and nine minor ones. This bag, on the other hand, has two: the bottom and sides are… »1/06/12 7:00pm1/06/12 7:00pm

How To Wrap The Best Gifts Without Breaking The Bank

For me, a big part of the pleasure of giving a loved one a gift is in the wrapping. I'm not planning to give or receive many gifts this year — I have enough stuff, for real — but I get such a kick out of wrapping presents that the rest of my family tends to delegate all their gift-wrapping to me. With a few mugs of… »12/23/11 5:00pm12/23/11 5:00pm