DIY Guides

DIY Guides

Sarah Coffey
Jun 13, 2007

It's that time of year when you can't put off your project any longer. Summer party season is in full swing, and it's time to make that bolt of fabric into the tablecloth you promised yourself, or sand down that chair and give it the fresh coat of paint it's been wanting.

We've compiled a mini-guide to help you make the most of your weekend projects. Some old, some new, some borrowed, one blue – here are just a few of our favorite picks from the DIY library.

For the DIY Dilettante: Ellen Lupton's DIY Design It Yourself covers everything from blogging to T-shirts to bookmaking, and its essays on design theory are well-crafted and enlightening.

For the Hip Homemaker: Janel blogged the upcoming release of Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing in March, and it's finally here! Understated elegance in 24 projects, including a magazine rack, bed linens, and tote bags.

For the Righteous Recycler: AT hearts Readymade. Heather blogged this book when it came out last year. It's still a staple in our library, with tips for re-making old items into new ones, like a colander light fixture or a water bottle chandelier.

For the DIY DJ: Ever wonder what freezing water sounds like? Learn how to record it from the inside out with Handmade Electronic Music by Art Institute of Chicago Professor Nicolas Collins. The book is a smart, funny peek into the chips and wires just under the surface of your laptop or your I-Pod.

If only we had time to go into all our DIY favorites... give us your opinion on the best books we forgot to include!

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