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In the past, where we might have gone out and bought new clothes or any other textile for your home, now more individuals are reusing, or recycling what they already have or buying their own fabric, as opposed to spending the extra money for new items, when you could just do it yourself; in the present economy, individuals are trying more than ever to spend less money and reduce unnecessary spend. Reusing excess material is also a great way to make some adjustments to your textile works without needing to spend a lot of money, and whether you're dealing with leather, cloth, wool, or any other material; there is always a way of making use of the materials instead of just getting rid of them when you're finished.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

There are plenty of wholesale fabric suppliers that issue fabric and other textile materials at low prices, but when you are looking at taking on some projects around the house, you can maximize what you already own, in some situations. Always make sure to donate any old clothing or materials to the organization of your choosing in order to do your part and ensure that it doesn't go to waste instead of throwing it out if you don't wish to reuse old fabric.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

When you purchase fabric by the yard for various projects, it is important to retain your scraps, and have them on hand in the event that you have any use for them down the line. By doing so, not only are you eliminating another trip to the fabric retailer, but you are also making good use of decent material that you may not have considered before.

If you have any scraps of unused clothing, you may even be able to trim them down into rags or use them in other, somewhat unconventional methods that maybe you didn't think about before. In the last five decades, by recycling more fabrics, the U.S. currently recovers more than 15.3% of scrap textile materials, up from 2.8% in 1960.

By recycling used textiles, you can actually make a difference and it may even prove to be an exciting hobby as you become more accustomed to how to maximize your efforts to discover new means to save on materials as more people are converting all the time and especially in such trying economic times. This is just another means to do your part to not only help the environment by throwing out less trash, but also using these items and doing some good for yourself in the process with the 'Green” movement getting more attention all the time.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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