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Is it just us or do you wish you could wear your trendy bedding, too? Seriously, the designs these days are “sew” fabulous we couldn’t resist trying this DIY pillowcase skirt.

What you’ll need:

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1.     Carefully cut the seam open of the bottom of the pillowcase to make a tube. Use a seam ripper if you have one. Try on the skirt to see how long it will be.

2.     Now you want to put a tiny hole along both side seams for the drawstring. Carefully snip a half inch long cut on each side.

3.     Measure out a piece of ribbon that is four inches longer than the waist of your skirt.

4.     Attach a safety pin to the ribbon and push it through one drawstring hole. Scrunch it through the fabric until it comes out of the other hole.

5.     Remove the safety pin and you’re done!

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photos by Larkcrafts

While more and more people seem to be recycling their old attire, according to the US EPA Office of Solid Waste, Americans still throw away over 68 pounds of clothing per person per year. Donate or reuse, Greenistas!
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20

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Need a handy, dandy bag to carry that odd-shaped yoga mat. Well, if you have an old pair of pants lying around, you’re all set. Here’s an easy way to use an old, ripped pair of pants to make a drawstring bag for your yoga mat courtesy of Instructables. Seriously … how cool is that?

Materials:

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  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Several straight pins
  • 1 safety pin

Cut the tube and straighten it

Turn the leg inside-out and pin and sew the flared part(s) to make a straight tube. Cut off the excess fabric leaving a reasonable seam allowance (1/4 to 1/12 inch).

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Cut a length of fabric from the as-of-yet unused leg of the pants to match the length of your tube, and fold it over in a manner that hides the fray-able edges. Sew.

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With the tube still inside-out, fold the edges in on themselves, and sandwich one end of the strap into the bottom seam (with the long side inside the main tube). Pin and sew (you may want to sew several times).

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Thread the drawstring and attach the strap

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Go do yoga!

Insert your rolled mat, and voila!

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photos by Instructables

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Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photo by GOOD

Public transportation reduces the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. Those who ride public transportation save almost 4 million gallons of gasoline per day.
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Photos by Bambeco

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Photos by Country Living

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