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Once a pastime of Indonesian court ladies, traditional batik can be a laborious craft: A single yard of the most sumptuous Javanese pattern might take up to a year to produce, as the fabric is successively rewaxed and dyed. But with our quick method, using kitchen tools and other household items as wax stamps, you'll be able to make a collection of bright bandannas in just a few hours or decorate a set of summer table linens in a day or two.

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Ivory, butter, and marigold dots dance across a medium-weight wool blanket, adding subtle color and playfulness. Cut felt circles in a variety of sizes, and needlefelt them onto a blanket, a throw, or a wrap. Use a store-bought one, or make your own. This blanket consists of about three yards of 50-inch-wide woven-wool fabric.

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Pack up your keys, headphones, cords, spare change, and other necessary odds and ends in these pretty little no-sew pouches. Constructed from durable microsuede—available at fabric and crafts stores—they look luxe but stand up to daily use. The best part? They are, quite literally, a cinch to make.

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