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.

Posted by Tim Temple 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 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?

Asked by Gaudnarok 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 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.

Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Rust Stains on Clothes?

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

Asked by emit 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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.

Posted by AustralLord 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 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?

Posted by Sedgewick17 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.

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


What can I use to create a magnetic effect on a t-shirt ?

I want to create customisable clothing, where design attributes are attached to a t-shirt using magnets. I want the magnet element to be hidden as best as possible. Ay ideas???

Asked by claree23 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


cool/punk stuff to wear? Answered

Anything cool/punk you can suggest that i make or wear, im re-inventing myself, and REALLY like punk

Asked by Lucidman 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


magnetic device left on shirt /ink leaked onto the garment. how do i get the ink out?

Store magnetic device was left on. My husband being the impatient person he is tried to take it off. The ink leaked out onto the garment. How do I get the ink out. I can take the garment back with my reciept to get the device off but now left with the stain. What will take this ink out?

Asked by cdwhitefeather 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


High fashion functional commuter wear men, women, or unisex!?

Hi everyone, I am a fourth year design student researching a niche in the cycling market. I am researching womens males or unisex commuter wear that is both high end and functional. I am marketing for the vancouver market. Heres a questionaire I'd love to hear some answers on!! 1) Would you wear high end stylish functional cycling wear? 2) Would you wear it to and from the office? 3) What if it suit your business attire? 4) What if it didn't look like cycling wear, but it fuctioned great on a bike ( mesh areas for breathing, liners for sweat, natural fibers for breathing)? 5) What would you like to see for chic funtional commuter wear? 6) What if it was water proof... or had water proof layers?

Asked by byoung13 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Spanish fashion designer creates spray on clothing. Thoughts?

A Spanish fashion designer, with the help of the imperial college of London (I think I said that right?) has created "spray on clothes". Personally I think it's absolutely ridiculous and will never where clothes made like that, after all it's more like coating your body in silly string then wearing clothes, right? But, anyway, what are your thoughts on this? http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/09/spray-on-fabric/ (Image source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/wp-content/gallery/spray-on-fabric/fabrican3.jpg)

Posted by ElvenChild 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Making a pseudo-luminescent stripe on clothing

I hope this is the right place to ask for advice, I'm new to the site and don't have the hang of everything yet. I'm in the planning stage of a Tron Legacy inspired hooded sweatshirt I intend to make. One of the outfits that really caught my eye in the movie were the coats with the luminescent stripes running up the inside and around the inside of the hood. I can't find any pictures of them on the web, but picture something like the glowing stripes on Daft Punk's outfits in this picture: http://moviesmedia.ign.com/movies/image/article/113/1131044/tron-legacy-20101028103012902.jpg I'd like to sort of recreate that on a less intense scale (unless somebody wants to share a way to add cgi special effects to real life! :P ) using a method to make the material look luminescent without actually glowing itself. The idea I have now that I was tossing around with a friend would be to run reflective tape around the inside edge of the hoodie, then stitch the tape on, and then run EL wire around the outer edge of the tape, so it would be hidden under the seam of the hoodie. I think that would work by reflecting the light from the EL wire into the tape and giving the illusion of it glowing. After some discussion my friend told me about this site and said I could ask here and maybe somebody would know another way of doing it that might look better. Anyway, thanks for reading all that, if my project turns out good I'll try to put together an Instructable guide on how to "Tron-ify" your own clothes! :)

Posted by Rinzler 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Cycling activity, need help?

Next week, I will have a cycling activity, and I want to buy cycling shorts for my girl friend. Has any one tried http://www.outbackbikers.com/? It seems very cheap, but I am afraid of the bad quality.

Asked by Hughes Jessica 6 years ago


What is the best way to get your own design on a blank t-shirt?

A couple friends and I are hoping to make hand-made t-shirts for our band, I am not really fond of the photo transfer paper route. Is there any long-lasting, creative ways of getting our own designs on a blank shirt?

Asked by Deadflagblues 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Laser Cutting Fabric

I study product design and I'm designing a home craft laser cutter machine, I was hoping anyone who has experimented with laser cutting fabric/ clothing/accessories could share what tips they found made the process easier or the problems that occurred whilst doing this. I would appreciate if you could help me with a few questions  I have :) What did you use to keep the fabric straight whilst laser cutting? What would be the best material to put in between the fabric to prevent cutting through for example both sides of a t shirt, plastic sheet or cardboard or.. ? Would you find it beneficial if you could have a small machine to cut out smaller sized fabric to attach for dresses, tops etc of for accessories? If there is any aspect of the process that you think would benefit from being made simpler what would it be? Thank you for your time Any feedback would be much appreciated Kelly-Ann Moore Staffordshire University Student

Posted by kelly569 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 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!

Posted by EmmettO 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 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.

Posted 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.

Posted by wefoundamy 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years 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.

Posted by Egret03 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 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.  

Posted by Carleyy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 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.. 

Posted 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

Posted by LiquorBox 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 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.

Posted by hannahthomes46 5 years ago


"Provisioners of America's finest plural clothing"

Pantalaine, since 1950. I truly wish this existed!From the blurb for "Super Sweats":Double-reinforced sleeve/leg joints are guaranteed against-wearUp to 30 arms in 18 different colorsArms distributed in even or odd quantities on one or both legsAs always, "if you don't see it on the the floor, we'll be happy to make it"Ask about our American flag stylesLots more completely ridiculous items on the website!

Posted by rachel 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I need ideas for clothes management; (hanging/storing without a closet.)?

Store, organizing, hanging, etc... Ideas needed for my clothes since I now have no closet.

Asked by killabreath 9 years ago  |  last reply 1 year 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!

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


How do I fade dark blue jeans?

I have purchased a couple of pairs of dark jeans. Is there any way to expedite the fading process?

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to you make wrinkle release spray?

There is a spray that is expensive made by downy that will release wrinkles in casual summer shirts and dresses.  Would anyone have a homemade recipe for this?

Asked by osugrad69 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 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. ...

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


does anyone know how to work with the rubber that looks like metal? and where I can get the rubber? Answered

Examples can be seen here www.organicarmor.com/Home/About.htm I want to make my own costumes... those are nice... and expensive.

Asked by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Felting - what type of knitwear?

I have some stained sweaters, i.e. cannot be worn, which I'd like to felt for craft projects, but I'm not sure what will felt successfully. That is does it have to be 100% wool? If not what is the minimum amount of wool it has to contain to be felt-able? Thank you for your help.     

Asked by buddydog71 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Anybody know how to repair the last name lettering or numbers on the back of a NHL or NFL sweater/jersey? Answered

The names are starting to 'crack' and peel off the backs of my beloved sweaters.  The hockey sweater is something like a cotton blend and the football sweater is, I think, some sort of synthetic blend.  Any ideas are much appreciated. :)

Asked by happi cat #71 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How can I make a new t-shirt softer?

I have a few t-shirts I have gotten as gifts that I absolutely love, but they are that new, "stiff" feeling cotton shirts... I would love to find a way to make them feel more "well-worn" and aged. Not necessarily vintage-y, just softer, more broken in, as if they've been worn for years. Is there any way to do this, besides just using copious amounts of fabric softener?

Asked by eatingabook 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 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 ?

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


"Dyeing" to know?

I was wondering if any one has some good ideas to help me with an annoying problem if it can be helped. I like to on occasion get used jeans like pants est and colour them using the ready to dye from a box. I pour the contents in to a large pot, add water, add an article of clothing and simmer for an hour or more. Then I rinse it under cold water and dry. After I wear the thing, it comes time for it to get washed, I notice a lot of colour bleeds out in to the water again. It doesn’t seem to change the intensity of the colour job but I was wondering if there’s a way of making the colour bleed less when I wash my article of clothing. Am I missing something? Should I do a salt bath after I dye the clothing? Just that the instructions say it has every thing in the powder. Suggestions appreciated. Thanks.

Posted by Treasure Tabby 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Whats the best paint to use when painting on to a t-shirt or a hoodie?

Asked by Sulph 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Does the Instructable Website have a store where you can buy stuff with the robot on it??

If they do not, I think they should...I would love to have a Instructables Robot Patch or 3  to put on my coats & Jackets....maybe a sweatshirt or T-Shirt as well...hats even....I love baseball hats.... key chains might be another good idea....can you tell I like this website??  :P I'm thinking craft instructables in the works.....

Asked by SIRJAMES09 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How could I make a standard pair of jeans more steampunk? Answered

I need a way to practically fix up some jeans for everyday wear and tear (and washing) that would be practical to wear, say to work or school, but would not be out of place with a steampunk ensemble. really i just kind of need the jeans to be a bridge between steampunk and modern fashion, so that i won't get funny looks from teachers and co-workers by showing up in full neo-victorian/steampunk garb.

Asked by a.nony.mouse 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What kind of led to use in cloth?

Would like to know what would be a good size/ type led to use to have all over a garment such as a shirt, or pants, or hat etc., and would like to make them flash randomly (possible halloween/ new years/ party outfits, etc.). I like the look and brightness I've seen in the ones that are in the led strips, but don't know if or how those surface mount led's, such as 3528's, 5050's, etc., can be bought individually (and operated without chips), and if so, how I might go about attaching/ sewing them into, or onto the cloth. I need small but as bright as possible. They would probably need to be able to operate on anywhere from 3 to 12 volts (maybe carry battery/ power pack in pocket?). Do they make some kind of led I just don't know about for this kind of thing? I'm not looking for prefab units that attach to your clothes by just clipping or sticking or pinning. Could also use any ideas on wiring (to include flashing means-maybe 555, or other method?) Thanks for ideas.

Asked by stevecinstrfme 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 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?

Asked by FenriX 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 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.

Asked by qon duixote 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Security Camera that sees through clothing.

Reuters: LONDON--A British company has developed a camera that can detect weapons, drugs or explosives hidden under people's clothes from up to 25 meters away in what could be a breakthrough for the security industry. Link to Camera news

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Can you make a clothes wringer?

I would love to have a wringer for use when dying fabrics, but just can't afford to buy a new one. The antique wringers often have damaged rollers, but they can cost as much or more than a new one.

Asked by dulciquilt 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


woven bamboo subsititute for fiberglass cloth

I spent a lot of time in the Philippines and saw that they use woven bamboo mats to make the walls of houses. While at the hardware store I saw fiberglass resin and remembered the wired.com article about the guy and the bambo bike. This got me to thinking if there was a way to use woven bamboo mats as a subsitute for fiberglass cloth. Mainly because I am cheap and not for environmental concerns. maybe hand woven bamboo mats laminated together for plywood, or use as a boat hull? maybe housing material?

Posted by KungFuChicken 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Eco-conscious: Cloth Grocery Bags

My friend Rawhide did a considerable bit of pre-consumption research into cloth grocery bags, so I'm reposting his conclusions here. What are your preferences?Rawhide on cloth grocery bags:I wound up buying these bags since they were lightweight, under $15, and could stand on their own.Overall, I've found them quite nice. The nicest thing is that even a large grocery trip fits in 4 bags, so it's just easier to move them from the cart to the car and the car to the house. They do stand on their own, though they have to be fully open and placed down with a modicum of care; I guess they are exactly like paper grocery bags in this regard.Baggers deal with them fine, though I have to thrust the bags on them. I've never had one really notice the bags until I plop them down. Even then they sometimes reach for the plastic out of habit.

Posted by canida 12 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to remove epoxy resin on clothing?

Hi people! I have spilled resin (for crafting) over a pair of jeans and now it makes a hard spot where the resin has cured. I think I've ruined the trousers (obviously...) but I've seen someone on another thread saying that to remove epoxy you just have to heat it. But does it work on cured epoxy resin? That has been in the washing machine more than once? Thanks for your answers :)

Asked by Lauriosaurus 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 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 ;-)

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


Making some threads (clothes)....helpz

Guys! My mother insists on me buying new clothes, but most of the stuff here is too gansta for my tastes, so i've decided to make some myself.I want some T shirts and maybe 2 or 3 jackets.oKay, so here's some of the stuff I want:An above the influence jacket. These are not sold.Some above the influence T shirts.I need help in the following things:How to make my own - Tshirts are easy enough, Ill just make some iron ons, theres ibles on this subject If I remember correctlyIts the jacket that worries me, I like the sort of jacket thats fuzzy on the outside. I would like to know if Iron ons would work on this fabric (I'll check what fabric it is later) Or if you know of any other methods.ALso, do you have any suggestions for logos that would make cool shirts?

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to achieve a 'worn bleach" look on new clothes?

I often decorate clothes by partially bleaching ( see instructable Charles Mackintosh shirt. ) . I experimented with diluted bleach, bleach from pray cans, bleach from pointy nozzle bottles. I tried a lot and sometimes to my liking. I really would like to know how I can give self made clothes from plain material, often denim or cotton, a worn discoloration without distressing the fabric to the point its damaged. I looked on instructables, and the whole internet but found no answer. On the picture with the brown jacket ( bought, professionally bleached) you can see what I want to achieve. Especially the dotted seams with dark shadow and the discoloring of flap on the pocket and the hem. Other pictures show experiments that I did. I know how to make stains by knotting, binding, creasing. But that is not the answer I'm looking for.  

Asked by Ruud van Koningsbrugge 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago