Tin Cloth

I am concerned Instructables could be hurt by the Prudometer being ratched too high on comments.  That's bad for the company. Here's a post just sent to Tin Cloth that was automatically rejected for either being irrelevant or abusive: "I recall 60 years ago when my parents bought me an oil cloth slicker in Istanbul, Turkey.  It was kinda smelly, but it worked until I outgrew it.  That was just plain cloth, not canvas. I use that mix of bee's wax, turpentine and linseed oil as a preservative for old tools.  I got a paint can of it in the garage.  Much more durable than WD-40." How "plain Jane" can you get?  I came back to visit because of the newsletter.

Topic by Tim Temple 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Clothes Drier on the fritz.

My mom and I just finished repairing a clothes drier that has been sucking a ton of electricity, and has been taking more than two cycles to completely dry a load of clothes. The only things we really did were to remove all the lint, and carefully cleaned the heater coil. To find out if we did a good repair I decided to make the drier run with the door open, and to my surprise the whole coil began to glow like a toaster. I have made it run with the door open before, and the heater coil has never glowed very much. Is it okay for it to be doing this?

Topic by Sedgewick17 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Pimp your clothes

We need to know ways to make regular clothes look cool. We need help tricking out regular jeans, plain shirts, and jackets.

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


graphene integrated into clothing?

So i had an idea: i wanted to integrate graphene into clothing to make clothing more durable. this guy shows how to make the stuff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FlCvZvzDPM any ideas on how to get the graphene into clothing?

Question by Gaudnarok 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Rust Stains on Clothes?

We got some rust stains on clothing, Washing did not help. Any help

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


Cigarette Butts into Clothing

Uh. . . Yes. Chilean designer Alexandra Guerrero has topped my gross chart (and my hero chart too, I think) with her upcycled cigarette butt fashion. Started as a thesis project, Guerrero's goal was to transform the massive amounts of cigarette butts littering the beaches Chile into clean, useable material.Hear her story and see the process at TreeHugger.

Topic by scoochmaroo 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Help with clothes rack?

I desperately need some racks for clothes on hangers, to be used for out-of-season storage in my garage and also at my upcoming yard sale. I'm tired of buying the flimsy garment racks at Wal-Mart, etc. I'm willing to build them myself from wood or pipes (preferably pipes, for sturdiness) if someone could suggest how to do this. Any advice? I don't know anything about welding or cutting pipes, etc. -- just simple home repairs -- but am willing to tackle any beginner-level instructions. Thanks for any information -- Carolyn Bahm, Collierville, TN

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


Baby clothes quilt

I am about to endeavor to start making a quilt out of my children's baby clothes which are made of various fabrics, some of which are t-shirt fabric.  I have never made a quilt before and really have no clue.  I'm not thinking it will be perfect.  I'm thinking of making 5 x 5 inch pieces.  First question:  do you think 5x5 or 6x6 pieces are a good size?  Second question:  for the t-shirt material, do I cut the square first and THEN fuse it to make it more stable?  Or do I fuse first then cut into a square?  I know I need to put 1/2 inch on all sides for seams?  But still my main question is: cut then fuse, or fuse then cut?  And really, it only needs to be nice enough so that I can gaze at it when I am older and it is covering my old painful knees and reminisce about my children when they were young.  Thank you.

Topic by LifeLuver558 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


how to make a photoshop photo color accent?

How do i take a regular photo and create a photo accent photo.

Question by kimquijas 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How can I make a "sexy" dress top, out of a normal, white dress shirt?

I have a bowtie and skirt, I just need the "school girl top" to go with it, and am too cheap to buy one at a store. Any hints?

Question by Ilsbet 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do I dress up a pair of tennis with drawings? Answered

 I have a pair of white tissue tennis that I want to dress up. I chose an image from a book. I'm also planning to shred the image so it can fit. The only problem is: How do I transfer the image into the tennis tissue? I heard of a tissue decoupage, but I don't mind transfering the image by hand (with ink, pens and that stuff) but it must be water-proof. Check out the images so you can understand what I'm planning to do :) Thank you all for you answers.  

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


How do you Iron Clothes? Answered

The one thing I didn't bother to learn from mom when I moved out and now I need to iron my wrinkled slacks and a cotton button up shirt for an interview.

Question by qon duixote 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Grippy stuff for sports clothes

Hi hi, i have an old pair of cyclist's leg warmers. they have lost some of their elastic action, and they fall down almost straight away. I went and bought some new elastic to sew onto them, but also wanted to stick some gripper stuff on the inside. The gripper stuff is found on most knicks and cycle shorts now; it's some sort of silicone or rubber that grips to your leg. I don't know what exactly it is, so didn't want to go out to the hardware store and just buy some tube of silicone, only to find out it irritates the hell out of my skin or just doesn't do the job. I tried a (big) sewing supplies store, but they had no idea what it could be. Can anyone help? I'm in Australia. I saw that in the states you can buy elastic with the gripper already on it, which is a bit of a pain. The gripper stuff is used by skiers and canoeists too... Cheers, Ben

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


Get creases out of clothes that an iron and starch cannot handle...?

Boyfriend bought a nice button down shirt today. Unfortunately it has random creases along the edge down the side with the buttons. It can be hidden if he decides to button up the shirt, but he usually doesn't wear these shirts that way. I have seen these creases before in other garments but no matter how much time I spend ironing and trying to keep it smooth, once I wash it the creases come back. Does anyone know how to fix this or even what causes the fabric to do this? Thanks a bunch!!!

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


How do I install a heat element in an Amana Model LEA30AW clothes dryer?

Question by billyboone01 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago



What's the best way to attach line to clothespoles?

I have two clothes line T poles with no line in my backyard. I would like to hang clothes this summer but do not know the best way to attach line to the poles. I can attach pictures later today of the poles so you can see what is drilled and available to run line through or attach hardware to. Thanks for your advice!

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


how do I change the belt on my Whirlpool dryer?

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


How do I get a peanut butter stain out of a white shirt?

Washed a shirt with pb stain and now just a grease stain. what to do?

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


how do i make a ben 10 alien force costume?

I need help making a ben 10 alien force costume got any idieas i just need help on the jacket

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


How to stiffen a collar?

I have several dressy shirts that have floppy collars, or collars that crease in the wrong place.  They have to be ironed each time I wear them.  How can I permanently stiffen the collar so that it stands up nicely and looks good?

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


Has anyone ever created a dress or shirt that has the circuit pathways visible on it? Answered

I've seen some of the Soft circuit designs but was wondering if anyone has created a full computer complete with memory, flexible screen, keyboard, "koala" pad for mousing around and USB connection? It could be a jacket, shirt, or skirt but would have to have something to input data and be able to survive cleaning at a dry cleaner. How would someone be able to make this?

Question by javajunkie1976 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Fun with Buttons - Clothing Mods

Use pretty new buttons for a simple clothing-mod to update your wardrobe.  Fashion and DIY blogger Amanda at Color Me Blue posted this awesome project.  I have found some great fashion DIY projects on her blog.  

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


An idea for an alternative cloth wringer

I'm thinking about a new design for a cloth wringer like function. A product that will squeeze your cloth from water. Not pointing out any imperfections from a generic cloth wringer shown in the first picture but its just a thought of designing a new one since some say that the current mechanism of a cloth wringer doesn't do the job effectively or there is a separate need for a bucket for it to be attached. Anyway, the design I'm thinking of is to solve any problems that is experienced by a normal cloth wringer.I'm thinking of a new design that would include a tube that would let you insert your desired cloth and a separate cloth absorber that would absorb the water when you squeeze the tube. A picture of a tube would look like the second picture (taken from the internet, youtube aa product called "Easy Squeezy" by Vitility). However its mechanism isn't the same as the idea I have but its physical appearance is kind of the same. I can't make a new one since I still don't know how it would look like based on the mechanism I have in mind.The Easy Squeezer's mechanism includes two separate tubes and you'll need to insert your cloth inside the inner tube and close it by another tube. Then you'll need to apply a force directly into the tube so you'll be able to squeeze out the water from your cloth. As shown from the youtube demonstration video (Link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--tHZRMjk3Q)Thus, an idea came up and the mechanism I have in mind is you'll need the tubes just like from the "Easy Squeezer" and a separate absorbing cloth (preferrably a microfiber one). Then, you'll need to roll your wet cloth along with the microfiber cloth and insert it into the tube. After you've inserted the two rolled clothes into the tubes the mechanism would allow you to create a twisting force into the tubes and ultimately squeeze most of the water from the wet cloth while preserving an uncreased cloth. Which is illustrated from the fourtth picture. Generally, you can do the twisting yourself even without the tubes but it would take a great effort to squeeze and make it a tedious job when you're going to do it for a large amount of wet clothes. The mechanism I have in mind is for the tubes' ability to translate a larger torque (or twisting moment) into the tubes while only having to exert little force. However, the problem is I don't know how to start in the design. Any ideas and suggestions on how to improve?

Question by CzarLuc123145 7 weeks ago  |  last reply 6 weeks ago


punk/goth style of clothes

My style of dress is what you could call a combonation of punk and goth. i like doing things like making my own clothing and jewlery, by following inctructables of course, but there is not a lot that fits my style. if making clothes is something that you do well please make an inctructable on punk/goth clothing.                            thanks.

Topic by Egret03 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Clothing, One of The Oldest Technologies

I was reading an article here http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2011/03/23/funny-and-fascinating-the-importance-of-the-washing-machine/ and it points out that clothing is one of the oldest technologies that is still in use today. Marshall asks a great question, "What will replace clothing made of textiles?" Instructables has done a lot of work on modernizing clothing and I was thinking what treatment would the community here give that question? I think it would be a great competition!

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


SF Clothing Swap at CELLspace

This Saturday, January 19th, there's a clothing swap at CELLspace in San Francisco.From the swapsf website:What: Sweet! The first clothing swap of 2008!When: Saturday, January 19th, noon-3pmWhere: CELLspace (2050 Bryant St. between 18th & 19th) map How Much: $5 ($10 without clothes)Featuring: Mountains of well-organized clothing swappage! $2 wine & Trumer Pils! On-site screenprinting & tailoring! Tasty beats by poolboy & d (4handed)! Free Meth Coffee (BYOC, otherwise $2)! Absinthe candy by Lit Lollipops! Other stuff as it comes up! Leftover clothing will be donated to local charities, including Dolores Street Community Services, A Safe Place for Women, and The Stop AIDS Project.

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


Spray On Clothing, fabric in a can?

Anybody have ideas for DIY spray on/paint on clothing/fabric along the lines of fabrican? Even a fabric that would be impossible to wash or even take off the model without destroying would be a cool start. It could be used for visualizing dress sculptures or something along those lines, at the very least.

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


Help. Clothes Dryer Motor

Help.. I have a Motor from a Clothes Dryer.. I want to Use it as a Generator.. can anyone help me? It has a three wires.. a blue, red and yellow-black ones.. how will i use those wires? please give me some inputs.. thanks.. 

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


Computer mouse inside cloth...

A while back i saw a "how to" about a mouse that is inside a sock kinda thing, and you rotate it inside this fabic to use it....i cant remember what its called or even if it was here that i saw it but im pretty sure that it was....im thinking maybe its called something like a soap mouse or something but i dont really know.... someone here has to know what im talking about...... please and thanks Liquor

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


Ceiling-hung, Retractible Clothes line or rack for use with clothes hanges

I think this would be very popular in smaller rooms (or one in which you don't want a sagging clothesline running through your field of vision). I would like to hang a sturdy, pipe-like structure (so no sagging under light to medium weight) that I could pull down on a retractible cord/pipe/other to hang coat hangers of washed tee shirts to dry and then retract back up out of the way while drying or not in use. When I was a kid in the 60s we had a ceiling lamp above a table that worked like this; when you were working on something you could just pull it down (click click click) to however close to the table you wanted, then back up out of the way when you were done. This idea would be hung from 2 spots on the ceiling with some kind of mechanism that would allow for pull-down access and then push up storage; some type of pipe suitable for holding clothes hangers would be strung up at both ends and mounted to the ceiling. The "pipe" would then hang level when use at an accessible height, and the "push up" to hang level, closer to the ceiling. Ideally this would be not too heavy as I have smashed my dominant-hand wrist and have limited strength as a result. Help me Mr. Robots! Help!

Topic by 008cats. 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


i am looking for wood subsitute Answered

I would to mke chest or bed sitters from a product that can be handle like wood but is not wood. i have wood making tools but i love the tress. i am also interested in recycle wood what we throw way i use and resale as i own a store geared towards green living. i recycle clothes in to quits and wood back into useable funiture.

Question by dorotheabrown37 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


1977 JCPenny's Catalog Pictures

These pictures from a 1977 JCPenney's catalog are fantastic.I'm just glad I don't remember anything from those years.

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


How can I create a "C-string" using a cup protector? (because it's underwear, maybe NSFW)

Hello, We would like to create our own "C-String". We already have a cup protector (athletes use this). Is there a way to make something so that the cup protector stays on despite gravity, or despite "size/volume changes"? (It's for a male). The person wearing this will be lying down. Thus, whatever we make the "String" out of (the part that loops around to the buttucks area) has to be comfortable. Perhaps there's a way to make use of the 3 breathing holes on the cup. ...

Topic by makerobot 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How do I create a speckled design on a garment with permanent ink, or dye? Answered

I have a garment that is spotted with mildew stains. Cannot remove them, and was wondering how I would create a speckled look to hide the fact that they are there

Question by RAMUSE007 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


why are my dress shirt buttons turning white when i wash them? Answered

I have some expensive dress shirts. i wash them on cold and put them in the dryer. it recommends washing on cold but says to line dry them. they are turning white and discolored. i have only washed them 3 times. could it be the dryer?

Question by DELETED_DELETED_kruser495 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Idea - DIY Heated Jackets (Need help)

I just came across a website selling heated jackets (http://www.brookstone.com/shop/product.asp?product_code=WOMENS_HEATED_JACKET&cm;_ven=Compare&cm;_cat=ChannelAdvisor&cm;_pla=msn&cm;_ite=datafeed) and I started thinking it wouldn't be hard at all to make something like this. It needs three heating pads, one larger one on the upper back, and two smaller ones centered over each pectoral. Seems like it would be a good idea to have to power lines run to a battery pack in the front that could be removed and recharged (would probably also toggle the power for the jacket). And of course you could probably build in a wall plug option. ANYWAY! Does anyone know of any small, electrically powered heating pads? Or (cheap) devices with such pads in them? I found a heated cushion seat for roughly $60, but Brookstone charges roughly $200 for the jacket and $60 for one pad (even the larger back one) isn't economical. Thanks for reading,JM

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


"dry box" for drying clothes in humid weather

Hi all,I'm thinking of building something helping me to dry my laundry in the amazingly wet weather that I'm getting in the place I live now.I searched instructables for a while, but did not find anything that really applies. This might be due to the fact that I'm both new to instructables, and not a native English speaker. I might be using the wrong keywords.So I live in a very humid and foggy place, and it's winter now. When I hang my clothes out to dry, the process takes ages. Sometimes I think it might be working backwards: the clothes become wetter. Also, an unpleasant byproduct is that my clothes become smelly, despite they are clean. Sometimes, as a last resort, I hang my clothes inside the house. But my house is very small, and I do not really have a place for the clothes hanger. Plus, the house gets very humid and I am afraid I'm going to get mold. On the other hand, I have a rather large balcony, with a lot of place for the clothes hanger.Of course I could buy a clothes dryer. I actually use a coin-operated one for large items, such as bed sheets and large towels. But I'd rather not use a tumble dryer for my clothes.However I recently learned about heat recovery ventilation for houses, and I started wondering whether the same concept could be used to build a small-ish enclosure (a box) where air is kept warmer and dyer than outside, possibily in a controlled manner. Also, it would be very nice to get energy from the sun. Surely the walls of this box could be transparent, or black, to create some kind of greenhouse effect. Then I need a fan, to have the air circulating. The air could go through a heat recovery unit. This could probably solar-powered. On the other hand, I am not sure that solar panels would be helpful for heating the inside of the box by night (energy should be of course stored, but I do not think that would be enough).I see that something similar to what I'm thinking about is already on sale e.g. on amazon. These are called "portable clothes dryers", but they do not seem really optimized. They look like a combination of a hair dryer, a clothes rack and a tent. I do not think there is a real heat exchanger, or humidity control...Plus, they do not seem really safe, especially if operated outdoors.Can someone give me some advice, e.g. pointing me to projects that use similar ideas possibly for different purposes?Thanks a lotFrancesco

Topic by pieffebi 5 months ago  |  last reply 5 months ago


how can i make a Hanbok (traditional korean clothing)?

 

Question by honey! 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I would like to start sewing and making my own clothes.

I was not raised in an environnement where it was thought to be a suitable activity for a boy. I'm looking for some clues on how to start off. Where to begin with ?

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


Do you think a bike-powered clothes dryer would work? Answered

If I hooked up the clothes cylinder somehow to a bicycle drivetrain.  I was also thinking of mounting a large fan right next to it on the same axis to blow air in.  Maybe have the fan go the opposite direction.  Also I would take the door off and maybe the back end to let the air flow through both sides.  Can anyone picture this?

Question by lutz1022 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Does anyone know where I can find "No-Sew Barbie Doll Clothes Patterns"?

When I was a girl, in the 1970's, my Mom found a series of patterns for making Barbie clothes that didn't require sewing. Now I have several little girls around who want lots of Barbie clothes but they can't afford the prices. It would mean a lot to me if I could find these patterns to help them make their own clothes. As I recall there were dresses, pants, tops, etc. The clothing was tied on in various ways and the items were just cut out and ready for Barbie to wear. If you happen to know where I can find these patterns, please let me know as soon as possible. I would also be interested in really simple patterns for Barbie clothes. It needs to be something that a young girl can make with little or no adult assistance.

Question by auntwrenny 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


i want to make a tube top dress/tunic and i can't find a pattern. any ideas?

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


Unstitching the back of a new coat? Answered

I recently bought a long coat and it has a small stitch at the back at the bottom region. I was wondering if I am supposed to cut the small stitch to open the flap it holds shut. Please help

Question by The Science Guy 6 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Make a Tie

Does anyone know how to make a tie? I'm planning on going as Slenderman for halo-ween, and I've borrowed my entire suit but I know nobody with a plain black tie. I'm a very poor college student (it's ridiculous) so any help would be great!

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


PIANO KEY TIE: How could i go about making a piano key tie that actually has keys that play?

So i'm trying to figure out how to make a "piano key tie" that has actual keys that i can play. I want to make this look like a tie so there wouldn't be a whole lot of keys and the keys would be different shapes/ lengths, etc. I want it to be thin and lightweight if possible. The end would be just fabric i'm assuming so it could still be worn around the neck. any ideas are helpful, thanks so much!

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


PIANO KEY TIE: How could i go about making a piano key tie that actually has keys that play?

So i'm trying to figure out how to make a "piano key tie" that has actual keys that i can play. Of course There wouldn't be a whole lot of keys and I want to make this look like a tie so the keys would be different shapes/lengths, etc. I want it to be thin and lightweight if possible. The end would be just fabric i'm assuming so it could still be worn around the neck. any ideas are helpful, thanks so much!

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Gibson box into clothes hanger (materials?) Answered

Hi!! i've an issue... I wanna turn the Gibson image on this box ( https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/379172_10150941929298151_198254740_n.jpg ) into an clothes hanger (where the keys of the guitar are the place to put the clothes)... what can i use to make the box stronger? like wood or something? unfortunatly i don't have a saw or something like that... does someone of you have a clue?

Question by FenriX 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Biocouture: grow your own clothes.

Every so often, a bit of cutting edge science makes you sit back and think; This is so simple! Why didn't they think of this earlier? Instead of using animal parts, or plant fibres, BioCouture aims, ultimately, to grow entire garments in a vat. Right now, they grow mats of bacteria and yeast in a bath of nutrients, which spin mats of cellulose fibres that can be shaped into garments, resulting in a material dubbed "vegetable leather". The use of the material is limited - it cannot be worn in the rain, and it decomposes like any other vegetable matter, but the original team of artists have turned their idea over to "proper" scientists, who are working to modify the final product to be hydrophobic and longer lasting.  Until then, the garments they produce are unique, and transient, since they can end their useful lives on the compost heap. In the mean time, this is stuff grown in bath tubs - any Maker with a spare room and a biological leaning could be producing this stuff themselves. There's a patch for the first member to grow their own Robot t-shirt ;-)

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


Adidas golf clothes comfortable and fashionable

Athletic clothing brings new collection of adidas golf clothing at discount rates, which are designed to maximize your comfortable and to show off your style, adidas golf clothing created around scientific evidence of what promotes improved athletic performance. You will find a huge selection of products from adidas golf clothing right here.

Topic by hannahthomes46 6 years ago