How To: Braid fabric without it fraying

Watch this fashion tutorial video from ThreadBanger to learn how to braid fabric without it fraying. You'll need three strips of fabric, pins, and a sewing machine. You can embellish just about anything with your new braids, and this instructional video will help you braid like a pro.

How To: Spray dye fabric

Just dye it! In this crafty how to video, Melissa shows you the moves to make plain fabric into a showpiece. Also, find out which scissors every self-respecting sewer should keep in her sewing kit. Watch this tutorial and get this brightly colored, fashion forward look in no time.

How to Tie-Dye: The Easy Way

Hello there, hippies! In this article, I will show you the simple process that I and my friends use to create our own tie-dyed clothing with a minimum of time and trouble. You can tie-dye just about any piece of cloth, from shirts and pants to towels and tablecloths...and each one is unique, so the possibilities are nearly endless.

How To: Print, Cut & Fold Your Own DIY Hermès Handbag

Yay, you can now own the iconic Hermès bag for next to nothing! There's one catch—it's made of paper. Hermès is currently offering several free downloadable templates for the "Kelly Paper Bag" on the company's Facebook page. Not exactly usable in the traditional sense, but it still comes directly from the official Hermès design studio, and who doesn't love papercraft?

News: Marie Antoinette Wigs Made With Miles of Plastic Wrap

Kate Cusak is resourceful. The artist makes Marie Antoinette wigs crafted entirely with saran wrap: “'There is an exciting ‘a-ha’ moment when someone realizes that there is more to my design then they initially expected,' Cusack says. 'I create polished, elegant work that the viewer can appreciate in a serious way, but then when the viewer notices whatever the object is made out of, it surprises them and brings a smile to their face.'”

How To: Convert flare jeans into skinny jeans

The great things about jeans is their durability and ability to easily be changed. Some of those changes can involve size, shape, and look. This video tutorial focuses on just that topic. You'll find out how to convert flare jeans into great looking skinny jeans in a snap. Enjoy!

Sewing the Invisible: Jum Nakao's Paper Couture

The challenge of creating garments with unconventional materials has become an all too familiar gimmick for most first year students at fashion schools. The end result is more often than not a catwalk of garbage bags, zip ties, plastic bottles and cans, assembled into a menagerie of mediocrity. Enter Jum Nakao. But while the Japanese-Brasilian artist/fashion designer does use an unconventional and impractical material (paper) for his collection "A Costura do Invisivel"(translation: "Sewing th...

How To: Convert a t-shirt and a flannel into a hoodie

Rob and Corinne invade the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan and get a sweet tutorial for making a hoodie from the new winners of the Threadbanger/Janome Sewing Machine in this how-to video. About five minutes into this video, get together a t-shirt and a flannel; that's all you need to recycle some old clothes into a hoody. Watch this video fashion tutorial and learn how to reconstruct an old t-shirt and flannel into a new hoodie.

How To: Make a pencil dress

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a pencil dress with Amaka. First, take your measurements all around your body in the chest, waist, and hips. Next, take a really large shirt and measure it to your body parts. Then, trace your measurements with a piece of chalk. After this, cut out the sleeves and collar from the large shirt. Now you will fold the square you are left with in half, then cut out the shape of your body from the shirt. After this, unfold the dress and sew it with a sewing ma...

How To: Make a tutu out of an old petticoat

Running out of costume ideas for your next Halloween? How about a tutu-clad ballerina, french maid, pirate or fairy? Or if you're brave enough, why not wear a tutu to the supermarket? ThreadBanger shows us how to make a tutu out of an old petticoat, some tool, and ribbon... This project takes a while to complete, but once done, you'll be the bell of the Halloween ball! And isn't that worth any amount of sewing?

How To: Take self-measurements and make a custom tank top pattern

In this Threadbanger video, Secret Life of a Bionerd gives you tips on making a custom tank top pattern. She'll teach you how to measure yourself, along with making a simple pattern from those measurements. Making this tank pattern sure makes life easier when sewing. This is the basics to starting your own tank top designs, and opens the door to create many other pieces as well. Once you get this method down, you will love collecting homemade patterns.

How To: Make a fancy, beaded, princess tiara

In an hour, make your own fancy beaded princess tiara with some help from ThreadBanger. You'll need a skinny stiff headband, 24-gage floral wire, a wire cutter, plastic beads and a creative sense of spirit! With a few twists, ties, and beads, you'll have a new piece of head decor to crown yourself princess for the day.

How To: Tie a toga for men

Toga parties are an essential part of the college experience! Don't get stuck at your next toga party with a sheet that keeps falling off, check out this video and learn how to tie your outfit properly.

How To: Tie dye the spider design on your t-shirt

This video shows the viewers how to create a wicked spider pattern on a tie dyed shirt. Our instructor starts by demonstrating on a square piece of fabric. Start by folding your shirt in half sleeve to sleeve. Next, choose the placement of your spider design by picking the twist point, either in the center or slightly higher. Then, start twisting your fabric into a tight spiral using either your fingers or rotating around your table. After tightly tying your finished spiral, prepare your dyes...

How To: Bleach and paint splatter your own jeans

Angela and Shane from I Am Fashion Weak demonstrates how to bleach and paint splatter your own jeans. All you need to bleach your jeans is bleach and a measuring cup. If you bleach black jeans, you can get tan and gray shades. A bathtub is a safe place to bleach your jeans. Crinkle the jeans and pour the bleach over the crinkled spots until it changes into the color you want. After you bleach the jeans, wash them and dry them. You can also use a sanding technique to give the jeans a distresse...

How To: Tie dye the spider design like a pro

Tie dying a spider design on a t-shirt starts by folding the t-shirt in half vertically. Between one quarter and one half of the way down the shirt grab a piece of the shirt and spin around the table to create a coil of the shirt. Tie a string around the outside of the coil to make sure it stays in a disk. Set a rack on top of some type of basin that can catch liquid to work on the dyeing. Set the t-shirt coil on the clean rack. Take dye that has already been prepared in squirt tubes or syrin...

How To: Tie dye a v pattern

Have you always admired tie dye shirts but didn't know how to make those fancy patterns? This tutorial will give you step-by-step instructions on how to make the V pattern on a shirt. Start by soaking the shirt in soda ash to get it ready to accept the dye. Next you'll learn how to do special folds and ties to create the specific V pattern on the shirt. You'll also learn how to use a bottle dye application technique to get the rainbow colored pattern look. In then end, you'll have a colorful ...

How To: Recycle a handbag or a duffel bag

This week's episode of "The Discount Trendsetter Show" will show you how to recycle an old handbag for under $5.00. This revamp works just as well with an old duffel bag. This cheap project will show you how to renovate something old into a trendy, but simple mail carrier style bag. Watch this fashion how-to video and learn how to recycle a handbag or a duffel bag.

How To: Turn a tank top or tee into a better fitting, cute, unique shirt

Your tanks and your tees aren't fitting just right, don't throw them away or toss them in a storage box just yet. Grab some scissors and cut that sucker up, then mold it in a better fitting, unique and cute shirt. The easiest part is simply slicing up the back up the shirt, but then comes the strings. Watch and see for yourself. This is a great way to transform a normal T-shirt or tank top into something more creative.

How To: Draw a fashion sketch with Threadbanger & Simplicity

In this video, we learn how to draw a fashion sketch. Start off by using a fine pen and drawing the silhouette of a woman. Draw on the outfit to the woman, adding in all the fine details. Draw in ruffles of the clothing as well as the prints of clothing you are going to use. Use a colored pencil to color in the picture so you know what colors you want the clothes to come out like. Shadow the model slightly to make it look more realistic, then finish up the details of the image. When finished,...

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