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Father’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

We know that sometimes the special guys in our lives can be difficult to gift. After hunting the stores, for what can feel like ages, it’s normal to feel down-trodden or uninspired. It’s always the same stuff! Well, we did some hunting and have compiled a list (with corresponding in-store items) of our favorite DIY Father’s Day gifts.



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French Cuff Modification!

French cuffs add a smidgen of suave to any dress shirt, and you’ll find yourself effortlessly reciting Emily Dickerson, writing sonnets with fountain pens, and dancing the tango. Mark created this dandy video tutorial on how to turn a plain Joe button cuff dress shirt into an elegant French cuff shirt, and then make winsome cufflinks from metal shank buttons to polish off your look! (Psst…..Dad’s day is Sunday, June 15th)

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Make a Clip-On Bow Tie!

It is Britex Fabrics mission to rescue the clip-on bow tie from fashion disgrace! Here is an easy-peasy tutorial on how to make a clip-on bow tie, using under ¼ of a yard of fabric. Britex now carries metal hardware clips for both adult’s and child’s clip-on bow ties online. The foppish clip-on bow tie is one of the quickest methods of dandifying and dignifying an otherwise dull outfit. They add swagger to every collared shirt, whether made of quirky cotton fabric, menswear suiting fabric, or more formal necktie silk. Anyone can sport a bow-tie; hard-boiled detectives, bookish academicians, girlish debutants, or the always fashionable Beau Brummels!

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