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A stitch in time: simple, low-skill clothes mending and alteration techniques
Whether it’s fixing a button, darning a sock, or repairing a fallen hem – you can achieve plenty with a needle, some thread and a little patience

Lucianne Tonti

01, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Deep in the dark: how to keep black clothes looking their best for longer
From avoiding UV to re-dying faded fabric ‘in a big soup pot’, with a bit of care black clothes can last a lifetime

Lucianne Tonti

25, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Jean therapy: putting them in the freezer doesn’t work – so how do you make jeans last?
The lifespan of your jeans is in part determined by their fabric composition and fit, but the right kind of care can extend it too

Lucianne Tonti

18, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Experience: I fell down a hidden well
I heard a crack, then the floor gave way

Chris Town

01, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Fit for purpose: how to save clothes that no longer suit your shape or lifestyle
From subtle tweaks to a complete remake, garments that you love but that no longer work for you can enjoy a second life

Lucianne Tonti

20, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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‘Forever chemicals’: the hidden threat from the toxic PFAS on your shelf
PFAS are used in paints, food packaging and even cosmetics. We know they are in our water, air, soil and bodies – but less about how they will affect us

Anna Turns

14, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Out damn spot! How to save a piece of clothing from stubborn stains
If you act fast, many stains can be removed without a trace. But for those that won’t come out, a creative approach might be your best option

Lucianne Tonti

13, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Kill pills! How to store and restore winter woollens for seasons to come
From shooing moths away to gentle washing, here’s how to care for the knitwear that kept you warm all winter

Lucianne Tonti

30, Aug, 2021 @5:30 PM

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The tipping point: how to safeguard your home from falling furniture
Modern interior trends like flatscreen TVs and flat-pack furniture have increased the risk of toppling injuries in Australian homes

Natasha May

07, Aug, 2021 @8:00 PM

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Disaster-proof DIY grooming: experts on tidying your brows, hair and nails at home
After last year’s lockdowns, Australian aestheticians and hairdressers witnessed ‘a lot of horror stories’ – here they share the easiest ways to avoid repeating them

Brittney Rigby

24, Jul, 2021 @8:00 PM

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A clean sheet: small changes around the house can make a big difference in lockdown
With so many Australians still disrupted by the pandemic, home improvement projects can restore a sense of control

Brittney Rigby

07, Jul, 2021 @12:00 AM

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‘It has the feel of a little local pub!’: Guardian readers on their extraordinary DIY sheds
From an allotment shelter built out of old doors to a storage shack turned into a chapel, here are some of the best of our readers’ creations

Guardian readers

16, Jun, 2021 @3:11 PM

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