Is Zipper the right name?

Hi I would like to know how to name the kind of system that closes freezing bag (have a look at the pi). Is zipper the right name? B.

Topic by BaptisteL8 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Brilliant zipper mod on converse sneakers

Check out the cool mod my new friend Qarlyq did on her chucks. Simply and easy to implement, and they look fantastic.

Topic by rachel 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to permanantly darken a brass zipper?

I recently bought a coat, all black, but the zippers are a very bright brass. I'd like to darken them if I can, so they don't stand out as much. Any suggestions? Hopefully without staining or otherwise damaging the coat itself, which is a 55/45 cotton/polyester blend.

Topic by SpinneNetz 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


how do you sew a fly-front zipper? Answered

I'm sewing a pair of shorts and need to know how to sew the zipper. Thanks for any help.

Question by tang6567 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Dress too small in the bust, zipper wont go up - can't alter?

Hi there, I'm going to a party dressed as Tinkerbell and my friend has the perfect green dress to lend me. The problem is the fit is off in the bust area. The dress was made for her and so is not a standard size. I just tried it on, and it looks great from the front. BUT I can't zip it past my bust, which is much larger than hers. I can't alter the dress as it is not mine, so any ideas on how I could hide the back without it looking too obvious? It might help that I'm wearing wings...

Question by MegsSA93 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Where can I buy a roll of silver or brass zippers. I also need stops for them.? Answered

Where can I buy a roll of silver or brass zippers. I also need stops, those pieces that stop the zipper from coming off, for them.?

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


How do you make a waterproof pocket with a zipper? Answered

I want to make a waterproof pocket to attach to my board shorts and preferably with a watertight zipper, does anyone have any idea how to make such a pocket?

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


how do you sew a zipper into a homemade (felted sweater) purse? Thanks

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


Cannot load: https://www.instructables.com/id/Zippered-Face-in-Photoshop-Graphic/

Cannot load: https://www.instructables.com/id/Zippered-Face-in-Photoshop-Graphic/ Just loads to a blank page for me....

Topic by SuddleD 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 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


Featured Author: Mark Montano

I just got to interview crafter extraordinaire Mark Montano, check it out here.  If you have more questions that I didn't ask here's the place to voice them!

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


how do i fix a zip on a coat that splits when you try to zip up?

I have a 2-way zip on a coat with two zippers. When I try to zip it up with one zipper and the other is left at the bottom, the zip (teeth) does not stay together and splits inbetween the top and bottom zippers. It is quite a new coat but not as new to return it and I really would like to fix the problem. Im thinking maybe the teeth on the zip are to rough or need oiling? Not sure, would appreciate comments, Thanks.

Question by nelly1983 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Recycling from A to Z

I love to do what I can to help the environment, and I love helping others reduce their impact. I found an A to Z guide to recycling on the Real Simple website.Recycling made easyFrom aerosol cans to zippered plastic bags. I definitely recommend you read this.Aerosol cans. These can usually be recycled with other cans, as long as you pull off the plastic cap and empty the canister completely. .........Zippered plastic bags. Venues that recycle plastic bags will also accept these items, as long as they are clean, dry, and the zip part has been snipped off (it is a different type of plastic). photo from Realsimple.com

Topic by Brennn10 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how to convert a sweater to a backpack?

I need to convert an old hoodie sweater into either a backpack, bag or babybjorn of some sort. Any suggestions on how to? Preferably without cutting alot, or adding to many new stiches/zippers

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


book styled laptop case

Anyone got any good ideas on how to put one of these bad boys together? I'm not sure how to attach the zipper to the book cover material. thoughts on assembly and padding etc.... http://twelvesouth.com/products/bookbook/

Topic by mrshow555 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Is it a crime to padlock someone's belongings?

Examples: locking someones backpack/suitcase zippers together, thus impossible to open adding an extra lock to someones bike at a bike rack so they can't unlock their bike etc. is it illegal?  or just extremely annoying/inconvenient to the recipient?

Question by guyfrom7up 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How does one get dressed, etc with non dominant hand? Answered

Having Right shoulder surgery next week. Short of just  wearing sweats, any hints on using zippers, buttons, and other "activities of daily living" with the non-dominant hand? Thanks

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


Sexy Black w/Red Contrast Stitching Pencil Skirt! For Sale!!

Hey check out my pencil skirt slideshow! This skirt looks so hott on, but when i made it i was ten pounds lighter, never even got to wear it out! Soooo, now i have to get rid of it! I have it for sale on artfire.com http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op;=listing&product;_id=636541 check it out! its womens pant size 0-2 equivelant, its a nice mid-weight stretch cotton with a wider waistband. Theres 2 zippers in the back one at the top and one at the bottom to control 'hobble'. It sits slightly higher on the waist and the dark red contrast stitching at the hem and around the zippers really makes it pop!

Topic by mistresscroft69 9 years ago


New Robot Merchandise?

I'm not bragging, but I think I have about five or six Instructables patches, what with running up in contests and getting featured in the newsletter. I'm running out of places to put them. How about laser-cut rubber keyrings or zipper tags? Or Robot mugs? Any comments? Other ideas?

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


Is there any way to make a piece of leather stiff/rigid without distorting it to much?

Looking to make a leather and canvas bag, the bottom 2-3" in leather, and the top canvas; with a zipper closure between the two sections . Would like the leather to be stightly rigid/stiff so that the bag will stand up straight and not sag.

Question by Immeknotu 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Question!

Http://twelvesouth.com/products/bookbook/ I am attempting to make this laptop case. But I've run into a few troubles.  -What would be the best glue for vinyl fabric to wood. -What's the best way to attach the zipper so that it is strong enough to last. (I'm trying not to use exposed rivets, bolts, etc..) Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

Topic by wontr3mainsilent 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Yoda Cake, Amphibious Couchbike, Bacon Soap

Yoda Cake Amphibious Couchbike Bacon Soap DIY Pixar Baby Lamp Zipper Earbuds Liquid-Cooled Car Seat Build a Marimba Homemade Rowing Shell Camera Ring Light Panning Security Cam Basic Linear Perspective Hand Crank Flashlight $2 Running Shoes Bright Bike Headlight Paper Towel Roll Flower

Topic by randofo 8 years ago


How do you Make Candy Wrapper Purses?

The Mexican Folk Craft people make amazing purses or clutches out of candy wrappers or other forms of paper. Some with zippers and cloth internally. I now how to make the chains to start it off. What I am having problems with is how to sew them together. Please help with a detailed instruction or video. 

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


Download won't include all steps/info

When i tried to download the following Instructables: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-backpack/ and https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Draw-For-Makers/ both by the same author I did get a great deal of the information.  But I get nowhere near all of the info. I get virtually none of the pictures.  I have downloaded many instructables and I always get the complete package. I am a pro member. Below are some of the step-by-step instructions from the first one mentioned. Note the virtually total lack of instructions; Step 14: Attaching the front pouches This step covers attaching the front pouches and lower clip to the front pocket fabric. Attaching the lower clip Step 15: Adding the zipper pocket Adding a zipper and installing the inside pocket Step 16: Attaching the lower strap pieces Attaching the lower strap triangles Can you fix these so they can be downloaded? I use Windows 7 and Google Chrome. Your help is greatly appreciated, Paul Granger - grangerknives

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


Sam Browne belt/harness mods?

I want to make a modification to the classic Sam Browne belt/harness by adding a thigh bag to hold tools, water bottles, etc. I'm looking for a pattern to be made from heavy canvas or at least khaki denim. If anyone's been to an Army surplus store will probably get a pretty good idea of what I'm looking for. The bag has one large central pocket, two zippered pockets on the inside, and two outer pockets. It also has a large cover flap over the top with a leather or canvas tie-down straps.

Question by javajunkie1976 7 years ago


Back to School 2: More instructables to help you in class

School has started for most of you and to help you out joshf posted The Top 10 List for going Back to School. But school is complicated and we feel that students can use all the help they can get. So we're helping you out with 10 (+1) more Instructables. Good luck in school this year. Learning is awesome. Minimalistic Desk by arte.sano Planning on renting a room, decorating with a single mattress, and studying on the floor? Time to make your own desk and act like a grown-up. Your back will thank you. Moleskine Hipster PDA case by atman Be ready to take notes at any time and keep your life together, analog-style. Who says you only learn in classes? The world is your classroom, buddy. Make a $5.00 "Space Pen" for your wallet by doctor_wu Even if you forget your Moleskine Hipster PDA Case, with this tiny pen you'll always be sure that you can write those thoughts down if you can just find a scrap of paper. Laptop sleeve from a zippered three ring binder by cmrc Laptop bags can be crazy expensive for what is just some fabric and a zipper. Strip out a zippered binder instead and you're all set! Vinyl Pencil Case by splityarn Store your fancy mechanical pencils and fine point pens in style with this custom case for your binder. The one you didn't rip up for a laptop sleeve, that is. Collegiate meals by trebuchet03 You're on your own and your idea of cooking is boiling water for ramen? That's sad. This collection of easy recipes will keep you eating well without stress. That's good. Office supplies trebuchet by Scissorman We recommend that you work on your verbal sparring with classmates before you resort to violence, but if you do need to get some agression out this tiny medieval weapon will help you launch your assault. The Paper Catapult by Kiteman So you don't have any office supplies for a trebuchet? Then print up this file and you'll have a scaled-down war going on in no time. Lego USB Stick by ianhampton If you're worried about accidentally using your Pinky USB Drive and destroying your homework you can make a flash drive with a sturdier bit of LEGO plastic. Just don't lose it by burying it inside your model of Helm's Deep. How to "Steal" Your Textbook by TimAnderson OK, we don't think you should really steal any textbooks, but you can turn them into PDFs by destroying them. You lose the resale value, but you can now keep all your books on your laptop and only carry one item to classes! Wikipedia in your pocket by PKM Afraid of getting into an argument in the cafeteria without the Internet to back you up? Take it with you by cramming Wikipedia in your pocket!

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Tauntaun Sleeping Bag

Once again, ThinkGeek has hatched an April Fool's joke that sparked so much interest, they're now looking into production rights.This awesome Tauntaun sleeping bag was just one of several spoof products that TG game up with to prank its audience. In response to their onslaught of letters, they're promising their best to bring it life. From ThinkGeek:Use the glowing lightsaber zipper pull on the Tauntaun sleeping bag to illustrate how Han Solo saved Luke Skywalker from certain death in the freezing climate of Hoth by slitting open the belly of a dead Tauntaun and placing Luke inside the stinking (but warm) carcass. If your kids don't change their tune on which Star Wars film is the greatest ever, you can do your best Jar Jar impression until they repent. via: consumerist

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


Package 囧 face really red, purple, was launched in 2010

Package 囧 face really red, purple, was launched in 2010 by Celine design director Phoebe Philo, the designer of this package is named the Boston Bag for Luggage. Formed the outline of a face to the position of the handles and zippers 囧 face pack, also known as the smiling faces of the package, due to its innovative and humorous style and practical outline of a square, once launched will be subject to the enthusiastic pursuit Maybe Celine's fans love him too bag for each package shall have played a nickname. "Bat Pack" series package shall Celine launched in the autumn of 2011, Trapeze, Trapeze, Chinese translated as "swing" seems to imply that the bag like swing to give you free, and the feeling of freedom. This bat package together several packages section of the classic elements: the Classic series of elegant square buckle, Luggage series of two wings folding design, and Cabas series of envelope structure.

Topic by soul1006 6 years ago


Open Software for Fashion Prototyping

This has got to be the most exciting thing to come down wearable technology pike! It's a FREE downloadable book about Arduino boards (both "standard" and LilyPad), conductive fabric, resistive thread, soft buttons, LEDs and more!! The eBook is split into three parts covering the basics of hardware, software and the use of the Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment) in the first part. Part two give examples of using eTextile materials and the Arduino to make first cool projects involving LEDs, Piezo speaker and, the Digital and analog zipper.The third part is dedicated to show how to write programs for the Arduino platform. This all might sound very technical for fashion/clothing designer but dont be afraid, it's easily explained and covers just what's needed for wearable electronics (and not for building an new space station).I cannot wait to get started with this eBook! Finally, all the mysteries I had to ask others to program for me, unravelled! pun intendedDownload yours today. NOW! at Open Softwear

Topic by scoochmaroo 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Does anybody know how to make a duct tape bookbag?

I'm asking (obviously) if anybody has ever tried and, suceeded to make a duct tape book bag. Thier are some requirements for the one that i prefer. I just really want to know how to make one. Theis are the requirments that i would prefer it to hav. -colors (at least two but if it only has one that is fine) (o and if you can teach me as cool design as well please) -zipper and or buttons -pockets on each side for water bottle or anything else -at least two big pockets for main things such as school supplies, laptop, etc. -two straps.... if possible adjustable ones..... if not that is fine -anything else that somone has included with it and thank you for anybody who can get me the instuctions to my e-mail or post it up on instructables thank you for your time. my email is meganoki@yahoo.com

Question by Meganoki 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years 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


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


My Gift Exchange

My skills include: Wood work, metal work, digital imaging Paracord stuff and more. Here's a link to my featured Instructable:https://www.instructables.com/id/Paracord-monkey-fist-guide/ What I'd like to make for someone: I'd like to make a giant monkey fist to keep that small garage key you keep loosing and a baby monkey fist for your house keys or zipper puller.. I'd be willing to make s/m size gift package: To be honest I don't know in what size category to list this. I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: Equal size. What I like: wood, metal, electronics, crafts, creative things. What I don't like: Things that don't have any sort of practical use. I absolutely can't have: Cheeseburgers ...LOL.....Anything is cool. Type of  thing I'd love to receive: Something creative and differant. Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? yes Confirm that you are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: I forget when I was 18....No I am not that ancient.

Topic by NutandBolt 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


(newsletter) Concrete LEGO, Bass Cannon, Cardboard Trebuchet...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! Check out these two fantastic contests!Build something awesome using cardboard, and enter the Gorilla Glue Cardboard Contest to win a huge package of Gorilla Glue supplies and gear!Cook up something tasty for the Low & Slow BBQ Contest and win a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker, and autographed copies of the new Low & Slow BBQ book! Help choose the winners by voting for your favorites in the Art of Sound Contest - Vote for who wins the custom hi-fi tower set with subwoofer, monster speakers, and more! Coming soon... Share your favorite kids craft projects in the SINGER Kids Crafts Contest, starting next week! 800watt, 12' long Bass Cannon Make a Stuffed BBQ Fattie Concrete LEGO Cake in a Jar Submit a cardboard creation and win a prize pack from Gorilla Glue! Cook up something tasty! Make a Cardboard Trebuchet DIY Workbench Playable NES Zipper Lamp The Homewrecker Laughing Coke Can Prank Back Cooler Growing Avocado Plants From Seed Woodgas Can Stove Help choose who wins the hi-fi custom speakers! Coming soon! Lamp Made from Translucent 45s Wicking Beds Millefiori USB Flash Drive Jewel College Bed Loft (Twin XL) Sign-up for this newsletter:

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


(newsletter) Wireless Power, Bike-Powered USB Charger, 6 Cent Throwie...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! Get the LED Out! Contest - New contest! Enter any Instructable that involves LEDs and win some amazing lights from Monkeylectric! Mother's Day Contest - Closes for entries on Sunday! Make something special for Mom and win a sewing machine from Singer! Vote for the entries in the Earthjustice United States of Efficiency Contest to help decide who will win a MacBook Pro! Vote now!Help the Robot travel in our Cutout Contest. Post your photos and get a patch!Become a fan of Instructables on Facebook and get updates from the Robot. Laptop Bubble Stand Charge any USB Device with Your Bike Build a Woodworker's Workbench Pie in a Jar Make it glow, and win Monkeylectric lights! Closes for entries this Sunday! Wireless Power Web Based Water Metering 3D Anamorphic Street Art The LED Lightbulb Felt eeePC / netbook Pouch for $8 3D-Printed Combination Lock Make a Diamond Engagement Ring Make a Solar iPod/iPhone Charger Get outside! Vote for your favorites! No-Sew Duct Tape Zipper Pouch Portable 12V 17 Watt Wind Generator 6 Cent LED Throwie Urban Prospecting Detector Sign-up for this newsletter:

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Homemade Holidays Winners Announced

Instructables and CRAFT Magazine are happy to announce the winners of the Homemade Holidays Contest!While most people are out there trying to buy the perfect item, many of you were working to make the perfect gift and we love you for it. The personal touch of a handmade gift shows your creativity, and how much you care.Once again we were delighted by the variety of Instructables that were submitted. The entries just keep getting better and better -- just one look at the winners here shows that! Even though there are first, second, and third prizes, all of these Instructables deserve a look. Be sure to leave comments and pictures so the authors know how much you appreciate their hard work! First Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win a CRAFT Boxed Gift Set, an Instructables robot T-shirt, a CRAFT T-shirt, and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) Flat Zipper Bag and Wallet How to Make a Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf Make DIY Vanilla Extract! Second Prize WinnersThe authors of these Instructables win a one-year subscription to CRAFT Magazine, an Instructables robot T-shirt, a CRAFT T-shirt, and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) Crochet a Baby Penguin Amigurumi Fiber Optic and LED Minature Garden Light How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT How to make a unique tile picture for less than $3! Make a Custom Lift-the-Flap Book for a Toddler Third Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win CRAFT: Volume 5 and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. Due to a tie, there are 11 winners instead of 10. (in alphabetical order) Bat-Mobile hanging toy Chinese Dragon Pull Toy Give a real "fallen star" Grow your own Magic Crystal Tree How to make Candles! How to make Pixel Cookies! LoveBox - The box of love make your own cookie cutters Metal Embossing Stylish Santa Hoodie Venezia Napkin Rings Slideshow/Video Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win CRAFT: Volume 5 and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) french market bag Homemade Apple Jelly How to crochet a DS case My Shadow Knit Piano Scarf Jackobs Ladder Optical Illusion Toy The Pirate's Secret Scarf Portable CD Pouch PVC Cello Unisex Neckwarmer Wooden rings Thank you to all the judges: arwen, natalie, ewilhelm, randofo, canida, rachel, reno_dakota, noahw, fungus amungus , and nagutron.

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Letter from the Editor: Homemade for the Holidays

It seems obvious that I'll be making the majority of my Christmas presents this year.  But I'm learning that's not something to take for granted.  I'm discovering how rare a talent it is considered to be able to make things, and how few people believe they could too! Often I find myself socializing with a group of professionals – people in finance, medicine, law, education. When they ask me What Do You Do, I find it hard to explain. “Well, I make stuff. And then I take pictures of it, and write about it and tell you how you can make it too. And I help other people who want to do the same.” The amount of admiration I receive for knowing how to “make stuff,” overwhelms me. It seems like basic life skills to me, nothing too impressive. The fact that people whose work I admire could be envious of mine is not just flattering, it’s telling. While DIY is a natural way of life for me, there are still millions out there (loose estimate), who have yet to discover their own hidden hand-crafting talents. For example, I was recently scouring Chinatown for some interesting feathers to use in my Feathered Headband Instructable, when I struck up an interesting conversation with a shop owner. She didn’t know where to find feathers for sale, and was wondering what I needed them for. When I explained the project, she expressed amazement at my ability to make something. By myself. With my hands. Maybe this comes from spending all day peddling cheap merchandise direct from China (which is an accurate portrayal of this particular shop), but she was so impressed with the idea of hand-crafting things, that she invited me into the back of her shop, served me tea, and even gave me a tiny jade dragon to keep (since Dragon is my Chinese zodiac sign). What a turn of events! I finally realized just how impressive hand-crafting is when I learned from my mother that she and her friends are exchanging only hand-made gifts this year. It suddenly struck me how big a deal that really is! Not only is DIY a way to overcome feeling beaten down by the economy, it’s a way to share something personal with the people you love. It’s a challenge to yourself to stretch your imagination and learn new skills. The value of the gifts you make will far exceed anything you might have bought in a shop (even with Black Friday sales!). And you know what? It’s not hard. It doesn’t have to be. Make cookies, or candy, or cake in a jar! Make a lovely zippered case with no sewing experience needed! Write a letter – by hand. Make a coupon book redeemable for chores and errands. You know what your skills are. But how do you convince someone who doesn’t think of themselves as handy or crafty or creative that they really are? How do you let them know how much more treasured a hand-made gift is than something store-bought? My question for you is: How will we spread the DIY movement this season? Who can you convince to make their gifts this year?   And, oh yeah, what are you gonna make?

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