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Make your own

Reduce your footprint by making your own, from knitting to soap-making to adorning your home.

Little Knitted Pumpkins
Fairycake Bath Fizzies
Sewing for knitting
A darn too far:quilts made from old jeans
How to Rebatch Soap
Make a Manly Work Shirt
Really Easy Triangular Shawl
Make Your Own Lip Balms
Making soap from woodash lye
Making Recycled Paper the Easy Way
Make a Paper Flower
Weaving mohair scarves on a home-made scarf loom
Very easy lace dishcloth
Knitting for the Nervous part 2 - Stocking Stitch and Moss Stitch
How To Rescue An Old Straw Hat
Knitting for the Nervous part 1 - Garter Stitch
How to make a mosaic house plaque
Making Washing Gel
Making felt boots
Sewing A Draft Excluder
Soap making
Festive Wreaths
Threshing Barn Festive Wreath
Alum Tawed Hides and Skins in Ten Easy Steps
Felted slippers
Peg Looming
Hay Making by Hand
Quick and Chunky Sock Pattern
Knitting a Stash Blanket
Charcoal Making
Simple Knitted Slippers
Christmas Card Baubles
Quick Easy Scarves
Candle Making Basics
Restoring Old Furniture
How to hot-process soap
To Let: Ladybird Homes
Soap Making: a beginner's guide
Spinning - The basics
Dyeing - the basics
Recycled Yarn Shawl
Herbal Beauty Treatments
Review: How To Make Biodiesel by Low Impact Living
How to make your own washable menstrual pads
How to make a lavender wand
A failed first attempt at making charcoal
Keeping a fragrant and fresh house
Home Made Natural Skin Cream
A New Seat for a Footstool
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