Boot lacing hooks?

Im trying to find hooks that are used most commonly on boots. These boots are a good example: http://www.whitesboots.com/assets/img/categories/boots.jpgIve looked all over the web, but can't seem to find anything even similar. I don't make shoes, so I really don't know where to start to find them, I may not even have the right name. I need them to make a type of corset. If anyone knows what Im talking about and could help I'd appreciate it alot! I just am completely clueless! Please help!!

Topic by ricecrispytreats 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Lacing Up these Shoes

I just found these Converse lying around my house and decided to try asking for help on how to lace them up. I've tried Google, but not much luck. So can anyone point me towards some tutorials, coz these are some pretty wacky kicks and as you see, the blue lace is VERY long, compared to the ordinary white laces next to it. Thanks.

Topic by nk97 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Help make Power Laces a reality

Blake Bevin wowed us with the Power Laces Instructable that brought a bit of Back to the Future Part II to life. Thanks to the massive reception from the project she has decided to take the idea quite a bit further and make it a real product for sci-fi fans and people with motor skill disabilities.  The new development will require some money and so Blake has turned to Kickstarter to get funds for the project. So if you want to support a fellow maker and help these things become real, kick in a few bucks to help it get going. Power Laces Kickstarter page via engadget

Topic by fungus amungus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



Lace Knitting Note Cards

Check out my Lace Knitting Note Cards. The swatch is from The Art of Knitting 1897 and the pattern is on the back. They are blank inside. Note Cards

Topic by bgcyclist 10 years ago


Cal Lane's steel lace

The photo of this cut-steel lacework make me want to run out to the shop, grab the torch & some scrap steel, and start carving. Cal Lane cuts shovels into lace, oil drums into tapestry, and I-beams into filigreed sculpture with incredible delicacy. From the New York Times article: "The work is about the contrasts between the industrial and the fanciful, the opaque and the transparent. Ms. Lane described herself as "a person who always has opposites in my head."She started her adult life as a hairdresser (her mother owned a salon in Victoria), but she said she was a tomboy and "welding seemed to fit me better." The mix of feminine and masculine vocations (teasing hair and welding steel), she said, is encapsulated in her work."Check out more of Lane's work here and here. Amazing.

Topic by reno_dakota 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


how to lace ladies converse shoes?

Two laces, two tongues, one set of grommets

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Shortening a scalloped hem lace dress.

Hi, I am shortening a dress that has a scalloped lace hem. I do not want to ruin the hem as it looks lovely. But the dress is too long. I have hemmed the lining with no problem, but now I am trying to pin the lace up at the waist and then sew (hand or machine?) it so it lies as a fold under the waist. I do not want to take the waistline off this dress as it is not mine. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have been trying to pin up the wrong side of the lace fabric by the waistline. It is so slippery and soft I feel like I am getting nowhere!  Thank you so much for your time!

Question by suzi.carpenter1 4 years ago  |  last reply 8 months ago


does anyone have a "how to" on making lace fans? Answered

I'm looking to make the type that Ladies carried in the 18th and 19th century. Any kind of pattern will do however, I am really hoping for the Spanish lace type.

Question by worddork 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to make custom shoe lace charms?

I want to make my own custom shoe lace charms...Looking like the shoe thingz.  Can anyone help me with how to cover the piture so that it would be water proof. thank you

Question by ahsgolf13 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I need to hem a wedding dress that has a lace border at the hem line. What do you suggest?

I would raise the skirt at the waist, but the lace runs over that too. The dress has the same lace panels at the hem line and around the waist. I think I have to remove one of them to raise the hem 1 1/2 in. Which is the easiest way to do this?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Auto-Lacing Shoes, Rice Krispie Treat Watermelon, Bicycle Sidecar

Auto-Lacing Shoes Rice Krispie Treat Watermelon Bicycle Sidecar Applying Henna Touchless Lamp Book Light USB Bike Generator Photography for Dummies USB Mystic Light Paper USB Connector Wide-Angle Webcam Croquette Fix a Flashlight Earbud Volume Control Solar Funnel Cooker

Topic by randofo 8 years ago


I REALLY want to make a pair of somewhat simple, lace up, leather, thigh high boots. Ideas?

Lace up, easy, thigh high boots. little heel, or no heel. Traditional.

Question by KTH 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do I tie "deck shoes" to turn them into slip ons with the laces as tassles?

Back in the "olden days" ('80's) we wore preppy deck shoes we called Top Siders ( I think this was a LL Bean brand name). We would lace the shoes,then instead of tying a bow...we would leave each end hanging out of the last eye and make a noose like tassel.This would be made with the laces tight and the shoe would be converted into a slip on shoe. I remember how they looked,but I can't remember how to make the neat tassel like noose/knot on each end of the shoe string (strings were leather). Thanks! RaZoR

Question by prazor 8 years ago


Can I lace a MTB disc hub to a road 700c rim?

Hi there, I would like to run a disc break up front on a fixie and was wondering if I could run a MTB hub on road rim? Or would I better off looking to run a 29" MTB rim on the hub? Does anyone know some tough 29"/700c rims?  Any help would be much appreciated, Barry

Question by Dirtybarry 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



I have two shoelaces, tied together. What should I do with them?

(I just replaced them w/ paracord. woot!)

Question by Militant.Jester 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Heated glove?

50 inch of nichrome and 48 inch of heat shrink laced into a parade glove how much power do I need to give so it won't go over 110 temp

Question by Thughug32 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Girl Geek Dinner at Techshop

Girl Geek Dinner at Techshop On Wednesday August 14th was the 46th Girl Geek Dinner Sponsored by Techshop, Autodesk and Instructables. The activities included a talk from Brig Morin of Brit + Co, Laser Cutting, Book Binding, Silk Screening, Lego Jewelry and Lace Underwear. These events are so popular you have to get your name in a lottery to see if you get to go.  The next lottery is up and closes tomorrow, so check it out now!

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


New Wool Stainless Steel Yarn from Lion Brand

Our friends from Lion Brand just sent us some of their new Wool Stainless Steel yarn in shimmery black and gray. Now we need to come up with some great projects to show it off!Here's the what-what:75% Wool25% StainlessSemi-conductive (offers a lot of resistance)Size 0 needles, lace weightWe want to wow them with what we can come up with to use this delicate, ethereal fiber. What would you do with it?Post your ideas, pictures or patterns and we'll get to work!

Topic by scoochmaroo 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


could you turn a pair of wellington boots into some awesome hiking boots? Answered

I've been thinking about this all day, and have even doodled a few ideas down. if you were to say cut the front of the wellys open, cover the boots in a canvas like material through which the laces would flow, made a tongue out of some sort of rubber stuff, maybe lined them with something nice an soft, i was thinking felt, and maybe even add a few extra straps, and finally some kind of water proofing layer over the canvas so as to keep the boots watertight...could it work?

Question by Kynan4th 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How does one get over 37000 Views in 7 days???

How the heck does one get over 37000 views in only 7 days? Wow... Thats over 5000 views a day! Unheard of! https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Lace-like-Stepping-Stones/

Topic by Greasetattoo 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Yarn work Question

Hello! I'm Jordan the Knitter and I'm new to instructables. This website is amazing! I thought it would be fun to start out with a question. Is there anything you would like to learn in the realm of yarn work? I've been working yarn for about eight years. I spend a good bit of time avoiding homework by instructing others and making my own designs. 

Topic by neonneedles 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


folding

Hey does any one have any tips for folding duct tape longways (hot dog) perfectly im trying to make shoe laces but i need to get it folded perfect (i know how to do it the other way just get like a pencil put it in the middle and have some one pull the pencil and take the two sides hold thought and slowly put together) ps i'll post an instructable on it when im done

Topic by Saby Waby 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


I want to knit a bag (purse, man-bag) with nuts, washers and other hardware strung on (before knitting) as beads.

It will be knitted with string, twine, lacing- or just white yarn- and nuts, washers and other hardware strung on (before knitting) as beads. Where can I find that pattern?!? I know I saw a picture of one, didn't buy the book and now I can't find anything like it.

Question by Pheline 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Free Knitting Patterns

If  you want some free knitting patterns, like baby booties, baby hats, lace hats and shawls; go visit this site: Knitting My Favorite Craft And by the way...soon Christmas is here...well,  at least if we want to have som knitting projects done before Christmas we might start now! On the same site we also have free Christmas Knitting Patterns for you to download. Welcome!

Topic by karennerak 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Sweet cosplay or cool cosplay?

Romantic and lovely cosplay costumes are widely used in girl theme anime. This kind of cosplay costumes has elegant style, sweet color, also with lovely lace, can make you lovely and sweet. In many cosplay show, I have seen vocaloid cosplay costumes in xcoser.com, it also can be other’s love. Compare to it, Attack on titan cosplay will be very cool! Do you like attack on titan style or sweet style?

Topic by minic 5 years ago


(newsletter) Magnetic Power Adaptor, Make Lipstick with Crayons, Dieselpunk Stereo

DIY Magnetic Power Adaptor Make Lipstick with Crayons Dieselpunk Stereophonic Amplifier Tatted Lace Panties Survival Bracelet Arduino on a Breadboard Velcro Hard Drive Dock Jasmine Tea Chocolate Truffles Wood Whittling 101 Guides Home Decorating Kids Crafts Cake Robots   Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Not your grandma's crochet

I just discovered the artwork of Patricia Waller. She seems to mostly make stuffed crocheted items, but despite the bright cheerfulness of the first glimpse, the content is weird, spooky, gruesome, or otherwise unexpected. These are no lace doilies!Some of my favorites are the hermit fairy, man-eating tiger complete with bleeding arm, and the slightly annoyed-looking roasted pig. There are lots more. I can't decide whether I'm more impressed with the bizarre subject matter or the remarkable detail.

Topic by rachel 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to Make Lanyards yourself?

Creative types may be curious to learn how to make rubber bracelets. If you are able to follow simple directions you will be able to produce your very own ones for personal use or to give as a gift. Whether for yourself or a as a gift, it will be a great way to secure your keys, cell phone, badge, or whistle.In learning how to make lanyards it is important to choose the right material. A popular making material is a thin, elastic, and flexible plastic lace. It is readily available at most craft stores and referred to as craft lace, , gimp, or boondoggle.There are many different stitches that can be used to make or braid . Many braiding techniques are complex and time consuming. One of the simpler braids is referred to as a crown (or round) knot. One must utilize patience and follow directions carefully in learning how to make rubber wristbands. The basic crown knot is as follows:1. Take two strands of craft lace, fold them in half together (length will depend on the type of lanyard) and tie a knot toward the top to hold them securely together.You now have four strands secured at the top. 2. Spread the four strings apart, separately, pointing in each cardinal direction of a compass. Hold the left string with one finger (close to the knot). At the same time, pull the left string over the top string. 3. Cross the top string over the right string. At this point the top string is covering both the left string and the right string. Now cross the right string over the bottom string. Finally, cross the bottom string over the left string and tuck it under the looped top string. Pull each end of the four strings extremely tight to make the first knot. Continue crossing the strings in the same manner until the desired length is reached. The knots will produce a rounded href="http://Www.ybuw.com" target="_blank">silicone bracelets4. Do you think it a good way to make a gift to convey your sincere feelings?So, let’s do it now!

Topic by honlin 9 years ago


Mermaid Costume, Lady Gaga Glasses, 1950s Ray Gun

Kidnapped Mermaid Costume Lady Gaga Cigarette Glasses 1950s Ray Gun Sugru Dashboard Mount Catahedron Costume Quick and Easy Waterproof Flashlight Simple Bookshelf Laser Image Projector Bar Lacing Lady Gaga American Flag Costume Vampire Bunny Plushie Dieselpunk Amplifier Rubber Sensory Ball Unique Costume Ideas Halloween Candy Bark Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Topic by randofo 8 years ago


How can I turn a thrift store prom dress into a medieval gown for 11y/o niece? She wants to dress up for the ren faire.

I was thinking of getting a sleeveless gown and sewing tabs with the grommets on the either side of the back and then lace to fit my 11 y/o niece. That is where my ideas run out. I don't know what to do about the sleeves. Maybe an undergown and just put some bell sleeves? I am at a loss.

Question by Baricuda 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Flying RC Starship Enterprise, USB Dead Drops, 3D Chocolate Printer

Flying RC Starship Enterprise USB Dead Drops 3D Chocolate Printer Papercraft Mech Warrior Easy Pumpkin Pie 4-In-1 Hat Glove Scarf Mittens Convert Laced Shoes to Slip-Ons Vegetarian Turkey Illusionist Heart Locket Built-In Bookcase Butternut Squash Soup Umbrella Sound Dome Glazed Doughnuts RAM Memory From Scratch Radial Arm Saw Tips Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Topic by randofo 8 years ago


Wanting to make a cat toy, for two fat cats.?

Was thinking of,,,,, a shoe lace or sunglass kind of string, as the “Bait”. Want it to snap then craw back like your trout fish casting or pull back dragging on floor and a snap -out -again- W/O this arm smacking them in the head  (thinking of a hysteresis type  motor for speed and tork with short spring and stud to whip string  out about 12”.  Toy to Turn on and off with motion switch or after 2 min. of play  &  shut down, quit and turn on only by motion of them wanting to play again don.t want a presher plate switch.  Am I asking too much.? Steve6221

Question by steve6221 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Upcoming Lion Brand Summer Yarns Contest

Summer isn't typically the time we think about taking up needles and wool, but the availability of light-weight and gossamer yarns these days, it's the perfect time to whip up some new projects. We're teaming up with our friends from Lion Brand to bring you the Summer Yarns Contest! Show off your lace techniques, craft up new totebags, make some summer shawls or sundresses. Think beach, bbq, and long, hot days, and get your needles, hooks and looms ready to go.  We'll be launching this one soon!

Topic by scoochmaroo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Alter a dress (BARELY too small) with a side zipper?

I have this dress that is just BARELy too small in the bust area.  Its a strapless sweatheart neckline dress.  It has boning a side zipper, so I am not sure what to do. Originally, I thought I would just add some ribbon up the back.  Since its strapless with and really loose once its past the bust area (BRAIN FART, I cannot think of the word...) the ribbon would only lace up about 6 inches in the back.  BUt the zipper is on the side, so I dont know what to do. also, the dress is a sheer fabric, with two layers and will not be the easiest to sew.  And, it has boning. Any ideas?

Question by Bansteatt84 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I'm having trouble finding the right material for a full head mask. suggestions? Answered

I get bored, often. And to pass that time i make goggles and masks, until now ive used leather, denim, hard plastic, metal, paper mache, and even clay. I've been inspired by this game, Gotham City Imposters, to make a "homemade" version of batmans cowl. I'd like to make it out of a material that i guess would have to stretch, cuz i just want to be able to slip it on and off, you see, all of my full head masks ive made so far have either had belts or laces in the back that id have to do up and undo everytime i took it on and off. So my question for this project and future ones is... what the lump should i use (as far as materials) that would be tight (not too tight) and be easy to slip on and off my head, without breaking or tearing?

Question by TimTheScarecrow 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


My HERO chopperbike project

As I kinda promised in my first Instructable comments (Make a Custom Star laced bikewheel) I am starting a forum thread on my chopperbicycle build HERO.This isn't going to be an Instructable but I will try to show a lot off pictures and tell more about the process off making this dream a reality.Whenever I have time I will make updates on this forumthread about the build so this is going to be a story in the making.A little about the why ?I am a bicyclerepair and sales men by profession and got into contact with chopper and cruiser bikes about 5 years ago in my shop, this got me started looking into what else there was out there in the bikebuilding world and slowly but shurely the idea off making a bike off my own was developing in my mind.In 2007 I started building this bike.This is all for now ( bed is calling ) I will update in a couple off days and start telling about the work involved.

Topic by MasterRed 10 years ago


Free Sewing Patterns

I'm trying to find a bunch of patterns for various pieces of medieval garb. The idea is that I want to make a bunch of outfits from my book, mostly as visual aids, but also as cosplay (because it's way more fun to dress up as your own characters than someone else's). If anyone can help me find the patterns, I need them for: Tunics (both laced and otherwise) Trousers Hooded cloaks Kirtles (sleeveless and long-sleeved) A buckled leather jacket (i.e. a jacket with buckles in place of buttons) (it's for a male character, by the way) I would preferrably like the patterns to be free, but, if not, I need them to at least be downloadable. The jacket will probably be a little tricky, since it's leather and not a very common design, but if anyone can find somewhere that sells them fairly cheaply, let me know. Of course, I'm not going to dump the work on everyone else and then slack off. I'm going to keep searching as well, so I can compare ideas and suggestions from everyone.

Topic by timmycutts 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Science of Irrational Behavior

A lovely book review from The New Yorker. The book sounds like fun:In "Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions" (Harper; $25.95), Dan Ariely, a professor at M.I.T., offers a taxonomy of financial folly. His approach is empirical rather than historical or theoretical. In pursuit of his research, Ariely has served beer laced with vinegar, left plates full of dollar bills in dorm refrigerators, and asked undergraduates to fill out surveys while masturbating. He claims that his experiments, and others like them, reveal the underlying logic to our illogic. "Our irrational behaviors are neither random nor senseless -- they are systematic," he writes. "We all make the same types of mistakes over and over." So attached are we to certain kinds of errors, he contends, that we are incapable even of recognizing them as errors. Offered FREE shipping, we take it, even when it costs us.Another review from The NYTimes with an entirely different set of examples. This is definitely starting to sound like a fun read.

Topic by canida 11 years ago


S-Video to RF creates 5" B&W Monitor?

Does anyone know how I could use the RF MODEM which I removed from an old VCR to convert S-Video out (PC) to RF in on an old black and white 5" portable TV?I'd like to use a 5" tube as a small monitor which will hook-up to my PC without lacing it through VCRs cables adapters etc. And if I find my A4 Fresnel lens I want that worked-in too.The pins on the MODEM are labeled (left to right) as follows:(1-7) BB+ AUD SDA MB+ SCL VID VT+(8-13) (none) (none) AS SCL SDA B+ (14-16) TU (none) (none) (17-20) A/O S/O AFT V/ORF in at the top, RF out at the bottom(I also have a large colour TV with UHF SCART & composite inputs, but I think there's a fault with the HT supply to the tube. I have a large CRT colour monitor, but I'm not too sure I want to take that apart.)L

Topic by lemonie 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Make socks which pause your TV show if you fall asleep

Sometimes I fall asleep when I'm watching TV and don't realize it, because I dream the rest of the story. Then of course when I wake up I'm thoroughly confused: why are the bad guys still alive? They had transformed into evil giant ants then I saved the day by feeding them peanut butter laced with boric acid! When I finally realize I'm not the hero in the story, I have to either go to bed and abandon all hope of finding out what really happened, or watch the story backwards, sped up and silent till I see a scene I recognize. No fun! These socks will protect the integrity of your show's story line: build them by following this tutorial, wear them while watching TV and they will pause the show when you fall asleep. Of course they won't keep you from dreaming up an alternate ending, but at least when you wake up you can start where you dosed off and find out who the murderer really is. This is a Netflix tutorial, and it's supposed to pause Netflix shows... but I'm sure it can be adapted to turn off Amazon Prime or other streaming services...

Topic by belsey 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Glow in the Dark collars for Kitties

This is my first actual post though I've loved the site for a long time now. Anyhow I have two new cats, beautiful friendly, I love them to bits. The only trouble is they are very dark furred and there's been a couple of times they've hidden in plain sight. Me and my fiance are both worried about stepping on them I thought some glowing type collar would be cool. I've been searching the web for an answer and I can't really find anything so I decided to make one of my own. I have limited experience with electronics, I saw the post with an ewire I think it was called collar for dogs. I should be able to figure that out however the cat collar would be much smaller and I don't think it would comfortably sport the battery unit. I ditched the idea of glow in the dark paint (flaking and the cats probably wouldn't appreciate the fumes). I considered some glow-in-thedark hot glue.. but I don't know how to do that without making a collar look lik ea stiff, plasticy, mess. Maybe weaving some of the glow in the dark plastic laces into a collar kinda like the paracord bracelets? Anyone have any other ideas? Anyone heard of some glowing material or even glowing material dye? Thanks :)

Topic by sbabb 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


(newsletter) Automatic Cat Feeder, Silk Spectre Costume, Funnel Cake...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! Mega Contest: It's our most awesome Halloween Contest ever! Any Instructable published since the last Halloween contest is eligible! Win great prizes from Singer, Dremel, Ponoko, Monkeylectric, Photojojo, and an Instructables Pro Membership! Arduino Contest - Make anything involving Arduino and win an Arduino Mega or a sweet prize from Evil Mad Science! Vote Now: Digital Days Photo Contest - Vote for your favorites! Want a more convenient version of Instructables with fewer ads? Get a Pro Membership! Cat Powered Auto Feeder Tasty Homemade Funnel Cake Loop Back Lacing Easy iPhone Alarm Clock Stand Dozens of great prizes in six categories!  Win sweet prizes from Evil Mad Science! Build a Wireless Camera Controller Silk Spectre Costume Analog Electricity Usage Meter Bunch of Grapes Dog Costume   Single HD Gyro Image Stabilizer Create a Realistic Burn with Makeup Pet-Resistant Chick Brooder Cheap and Easy Steampunk Keyboard Little costumes for the big day!  Turn your home into a House of Terror! Electronic Door Opener How to do a Flip Turn Create Real Working iPod Costumes Portable, Paperless, Digital Copier   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA Sign-up for this newsletter:

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Switch To Battery Power When Mains Power Is Lost ?

Go-to-War Gear--such catchy hypothetical stuff writes well, but it can turn real all too fast. I have acquaintances in Houston who had less than an hour to leave their homes before the floodwaters overtook them. They had just enough time to throw their important papers into the dishwasher (a handy dry spot for important stuff in a flood), grab their kids, and head for high ground. The recent CaliforniaThe Hunting Shack offers both .45 Colt and .45 Schofield loads (left). Ramshorn gripped STI Texican and Texas Longhorn Arms No. 5 were used for testing both the .45 Colt and the shorter .45 Schofield ammunition. wildfires typically covered 100 meters in 3 seconds. Do you really have what you need to grab and go? Even in America, you can go from full stop to life-threatening crisis in moments.A Proper Foundation: You can measure a man by his boots. I burned through several sets during my time in uniform. My favorite pair of combat boots is more comfortable than house slippers. Combat-proven features make them rugged. Speed laces keep them fast.I wear boots every time I fly. The speed laces let me get into and out of them easily for the obligatory TSA assessment. Keeping the best insoles for standing all day maintained and the drainage vents clear ensure they're comfortable.Air travel is not as much fun as it was once, but an airplane cabin is comfortable enough. Now imagine that same space upside down, dark, and populated with jagged metal, screaming hysterical passengers, fire, and worse. Never remove your footwear in an airplane.Whether the threat is a wildfire, hurricane, tornado, or civil unrest, you will always need proper footwear. Keep your favorite pair of broken-in boots right next to your bugout bag. Think it through and have something similar for each member of your family. Anything built on a faulty foundation can ultimately fail. If you have to move in a hurry that foundation is a good pair of boots.A Proper Bag: A Bugout Bag is pretty stupid without a decent bag. I have a nice utility pack I picked up at our local Walmart for next to nothing. It is lightweight and serviceable enough. However, mygo-to-warbag is a Brazos concealed carry pack from Flying Circle Gear. It's the best I've ever seen.For starters, everything about the Brazos bag is just a little bit heavier than everybody else's. The stitching is more rugged, the material is more substantial, and the zippers are of the big beefy sort. Additionally, the bag is exceptionally well imagined.There are two spacious center compartments large enough to manage a laptop. A small top pocket packs your wallet and incidentals and includes a hidden ID card holder. There is an integral hydration pouch along with four zippered pouches on the sides and a larger version on the front.The outside of the bag is festooned with MOLLE webbing. Thread a pair of ammo pouches in place for your shades or spare reading glasses. They can even carry ammo in a pinch. I can and have lived out of mine for extended periods while travelling, camping, or hiking.The handiest feature on my Brazos bag is the hidden "pass-through" pocket on the back. This discreet compartment is zipper-accessible from either side and is the perfect size to manage a decent gun. Open both sides and you can slide the pack over the handle of a rolling suitcase. Drop in a soft body armor panel and wear the pack backwards and you have an improvised tactical vest.

Question by kingandsoraka 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Any ideas for making--sewing?--a BINDER or NOTEBOOK COVER for a middle school student?

I'm hoping you or someone can direct me to any instructables related to the idea of making--sewing, I assume, but maybe not--a binder for a middle school student. My kid likes the $20 (or so) binders/organizers that have a zippered cover, but they don't last; he's on his third this year. A more durable, home-made cover that slipped over a cheap, normal binder might do the trick. What those covers do--in theory--is (a) protect the binder, (b) they can be zipped closed and so seal the contents. I hate to be fussy, but my kid is, so it would be nice if the cover looked 'cool' (remember middle school?). An obvious home-made 'look' might be a deal-breaker. The store-bought versions have lots of bells and whistles: special pockets for this or that, but there are pencil-pouch thingies (that attach via the binder's rings) that come with the fancy store-bought versions, and they survive when the rest of the binder is destroyed--or can be bought separately. One of them might satisfy the need for cool pockets and misc. item storage. If it helps anyone thinking about this, I've replaced the actual 3-ring component of such binders by drilling out the rivets holding the 3-ring clasp thingy from a cheap binder then attached it with screws to a not-yet-destroyed organizer (only the rings of the latter were destroyed at that point), so if someone had ideas for a stronger material for the binder--instead of using a standard, off-the-shelf binder with cardboard inside a vinyl/plastic cover, attaching the rings would be very doable. As far as material for the cover, would it work to use one of those re-useable totebags they sell at grocery stores? I was thinking heavy canvas would be the way to go, but that might be hard to work with. If it was for me, I'd use an old pair of blue jeans, but that might not cut it in terms of the 'coolness' factor. I am planning on getting a sewing machine--but would/could borrow one now relatively easily--and have enough experience with such to 'get by': on a good day, if I'm careful, I can sew a sort-of straight line. I've put grommets in various items--maybe some way of lacing-up the cover or pulling it closed with a cinch-strap/string would be a better way to 'close' it? Seems like a zipper could be hard to attach/might be a weak spot. Thanks for any thoughts.

Question by schneb 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


June is "I Made It" Challenge Month! Win a Pro Membership!

Attention! This contest has ended. Thanks to all the winners and to all the people who make projects off of the site! June is "I Made It" Challenge Month! Every day in June, Instructables is giving away a 3 month pro membership to one lucky user who has made the project described in an Instructable, and posted a photo of their version in the comments or someone who has posted a slideshow of their version of an Instructable. Why?  Because authors love to see their creations given new life!  There's nothing better than seeing how someone else followed your Instructable and made something awesome.  And if you try out a project, this is a great way to share what worked for you, and what work-arounds or changes you made.  Instructables is all about sharing your knowledge, so we'd like to reward you for taking the extra effort to show everyone what you've done. How do I win? It's easy - we randomly pick one winner each day from "I Made It" comments left on original Instructables or slideshows posted around the site. Have you already posted your version of an Instructable in comments or in a slideshow?  Have you seen some really great examples someone else has posted?  Link it here to be sure we've got it on our list!  The challenge starts on June 1, so if you haven't already left an "I Made It!" comment or posted a slideshow, you've got more than a full month to make something from the site.  Linking to your version here isn't necessary, but means we won't accidentally miss it. I'll randomly pick one winner each day, and post the link here for you to check out.  If you win, we'll send your coupon via PM within a couple of days. Good luck and happy "I Made It" Challenge Month! Winners: June 1st: Nickodemus for Make a Tree from Jewelry Wire June 2nd: EVM for Personalized Guess Who June 3rd: jmeowmeow for Checkpoint Charlie Hat June 4th: Geekmandude for Pocket Drunken Robot June 5th: warrnie7 for 5-minute Chocolate Cake June 6th: Mary GaGo for How to Create a Money Lei June 7th: Timothymh for Genuine chainmaille from pop tabs June 8th: HarreBar for Twisted Spoke Bicycle Wheel Lacing June 9th: Thoraxe for Quality Duct Tape Wallet June 10th: Owl Box  for Treadmill Desk June 11th: rillianswillow for Sew A Where The Wild Things Are Hat June 12th: andydrumer12  for Invisible Book Shelf June 13th: shobley for Twitter Mood Light June 14th: Kirbsome! for LED Throwies June 15th: shadowman2 for Marshmallow Gun June 16th: janamorrisova for TuTu Crazy June 17th: Hoaxinmi for Liquor Lamp June 18th: Loox for Harry Potter Wands June 19th: garette10 for Harry Potter Wands June 20th: violetkitty for Harry Potter Wands June 21st: dsaavedra for How to make playdough June 22nd: Quazakafor for USB Hard Drive June 23rd: Tyman210 for  Circuit Board Wallet June 24th: Laxap for Fur Your Laptop June 25th: Jumbo Ninja for Cupcake Cones June 26th: NerdofSteel for 12v Battery Hack June 27th: nemaster203 for NES PC June 28th: bell017 for Bean Bag Sofa June 29th: fastback570 for Bike Painting Tips June 30th: Hivoltage for Concrete Countertops  

Topic by frenzy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Silhouette June 2015 Build Night at Arch Reactor Hackerspace, St. Louis, Missouri

On Tuesday, June 9th, the Arch Reactor Hackerspace (in St. Louis, Missouri) hosted a Build Night with the Silhouette Portrait. There were an excited dozen people who showed up for an introduction to the device. Many members were seeking to discover ways to use the device for current projects.  Others were eager to learn which materials the Portrait could cut, the limitations of the Silhouette Studio software, and how they might go about using the Silhouette Portrait for other projects in the future. Process: I already had the Silhouette Studio software downloaded to my laptop and had the Silhouette Portrait out on the large at the front of the our classroom space.  Those in attendance gathered around as I ran down the features of the device and software and we discussed the use of the cutting mat and how to set the depth of the blade. We then watched the introduction movie and a few others before attempting to use the device to cut a file.  The Arch Reactor already has a large vinyl cutter in our space, however it shares a keyboard, mouse, and monitor with our very popular laser cutter. Due to the popularity of the laser cutter, it is sometimes difficult for members to even learn how to use the vinyl cutter without making a special trip in on a day when few members are present. Plus, being a larger device, the learning curve seems a bit steep for those who have yet to learn how to use it. It can also only be utilized in our space. One advantage that was quickly noted for the Silhouette Portrait is that anyone can download the free software and design their project at home, save it to a flash drive or the cloud, then arrive at our location to complete their project using one of our computers or their own laptop. A second advantage is that being so small, the Portrait could be moved to any desk in our 2400 square foot location temporarily, or even checked out of the space by a member to be used at home for a few days. We can even bring it along with us to local demonstrations and interactively challenge others to be creative while introducing them to our hackerspace.  The Silhouette Studio software seems intuitive and one member remarked that it reminded her a lot of Inkscape, which several of our members are already familiar with. The portability of the unit is not something to be overlooked.  I can see this being very useful for projects that require the same print to be created repeatedly. Such as wedding invitations, or multiple t-shirts. The versatile amount of material that can be cut with it had many present talking about how they might use the Portrait. Troubles we encountered: The night wasn't without problems though. Aside from having trouble playing some of the videos, I had forgotten to bring my pack of white cardstock to the event. This prompted us to rather foolheartedly attempt to cut a file with a normal sheet of printer paper. We eagerly stuck the paper to the cutting mat and inserted it into the Portrait. A member attempted to send a file to it from his computer, but nothing happened with the device and he received a message that the cut was complete. I'm not sure if this was a driver issue, a software issue, or an issue with the cutting mat not having been installed properly. We then connected my laptop back to the Portrait and sent a test file to it. The cutting mat was pulled into the device and it began to cut the paper. The problem occurred once the Portrait was finished with the cut and we attempted rather unceremoniously to remove the cut paper from the mat. Normal printer paper sticks to the mat very well, especially with the first or second use. Of course it ripped the paper as we attempted to remove it from the cutting mat and we realized that a thicker cardstock would be needed. This was more naive beginner user error than anything else.  I do not recommend that you attempt using thin paper. A second issue was the discovery that the free Silhouette Studio software does not allow the import of .SVG files. Many members of our hackerspace are familiar with and use these files for projects. In order to import .SVG files, we would need to upgrade to the Designer Edition for $50 or the Business Edition for $100.  If the Silhouette Portrait gets used as much as I believe it will, this upgrade will likely be a no-brainer for us.  Once the paper had been carefully scraped from the cutting mat using a former plastic gift card, some of our members set out to make a cut from the Vellum that had been sent with the printer.  This proved to be easier to remove from the cutting mat and the members were very happy with the the lace designs they had cut. Additionally, some members used a few sheets of cardstock they already had to cut out some borders from the files that came with the Silhouette Studio software.  We are already looking at purchasing some accessories for the Portrait, such as Pens and additional cutting mats. The later would be a huge advantage because it would allow us to prepare a second material for the next cut while the first was being cut or removed from the mat.  Should the Portrait see as much use as I expect it will, we may be looking at other products from Silhouette, such as the Cameo, the Curio, and the Mint. Being used in a hackerspace by over 50 members, the size and additional versatility of Curio definitely would seem to fit our needs better. The additional thickness and variety of materials that could be used with it are of great interest to the creative tendencies of hackerspace members and makers.  We are also looking forward to Silhouette Link, a new feature coming to Silhouette Studio® that allows customers to send a cut job from any device directly to their Silhouette machine, remotely, through the use of a mobile device app. What I would have done differently:  Not only would I have tested the videos we watched on our projector prior to the meeting, but I would have remembered my cardstock on the night of the event. I also would recommend that anyone else hosting a Build Night use the Portrait to cut out several test files in a variety of materials. Definately take a look at the limitations of the Studio Software and decide if you want to upgrade to the Designer's edition for the importing of .SVG files or not, too. Conclusion: Overall, the night proved to be a successful introduction for several of our members to the Silhouette Portrait. I think all of us were inspired by what it can do for us as individuals and as a hackerspace.  We already have ideas to make a few t-shirts for an upcoming event using heat transfer vinyl and a logo.  I'm sure many projects will be sporting vinyl stickers and other materials that are cut with it. 

Topic by GeekTinker 3 years ago