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  DIY Mask Making   Materials: Sewing machine or needle/thread 100% cotton tight-knit fabric Elastic Scissors Safety pin or hook Iron   1.   Wash your 100% cotton fabric in hot water and dry using high heat 2.   Cut fabric to a 15“ x 8“ rectangle     3.   Sew quarter-inch edges on both sides     4.   Fold inside-out     5.   Iron the folds we’ve just made     6.   Flip it inside out and create a fold about an inch from...

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Hello all!   Are you looking for some comfort food during these difficult times? Are you looking to get more adept at cooking while you have some free time? Do you like cookies? If you answered yes to any of these questions- then I have a great recipe for you! For today's Quarantine Cooking, we'll be making a Cookie In A Mug!   What You'll Need 2 tbs. butter ...

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Hello IRL patrons! We might be working remotely for this quarter, but the IRL is still hosting some fun challenges and events for you this quarter!    This quarter the IRL will be hosting our first ever Stop Motion Animation Contest!    The theme for the stop motion challenge is “creativity”. Think creativity to get work done, to try new situations or to keep occupied during the quarantine. Pretty...

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Marbled objects are all the rage, but you don’t need ink to be able to do something cool with water and color. This project is simple, yet offers so many options on what can be done with it. For this project all you need is: A bucket or bowl to dip paper into Water Colored chalk Paper Something to scrape the chalk     After you gather your...

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Did you run out of milk? Don’t panic, there is no need to eat dry cereal or drink black coffee. With a few ingredients, a blender, and a t-shirt, you can make oat milk that stays fresh in the fridge for four days. We tried this recipe with maple syrup and had a great turnout!    Binghamton University’s Food Co-op created a great recipe for students to...

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Hello all! Has adjusting to quarantine life been difficult? Everyone progresses at their own pace, but finding a way to create a calendar and schedule is one of the best ways you can keep yourself from falling into the trap of non structure during the quarantine!  This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to consistently force yourself to be productive, but having a structure can help...

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We've added another eventbrite for our next resource kit: Clothing Repair! Head over to eventbrite and grab a ticket if you are interested in receiving a kit of basic sewing supplies including needles, colored thread, seam rippers, cloth scissors, measuring tape and more. We will be running an online workshop in the future utilizing these items for those who would like an introduction to them! DePaul...

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  Hello everyone! Welcome to another blog post about helping to create structure in your daily lives while we’re living in quarantine. Are you finding it difficult to create a study space for yourself now that you don’t have access to the libraries, study rooms or buildings?    Understandable! In this brief tutorial, I’ll be talking about the best ways to  set up a study space so you...

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Jake Juracka, one of our lab specialists, has been hard at work making protective equipment as a part of the IRL's support initiative! Here's his update: "Starting on Thursday, March 26th I began work on 3D printing Personal Protective Masks to distribute to those in need. Using five 3D printers that are on loan to me from the IRL Lab, I’ve been able to set up...

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Gauging the DePaul Community's Interest in At Home Project Kits   In light of recent events the IRL is searching for new ways to support the DePaul Community. While sheltering in place we urge you to keep learning and making. We are developing kits to send out as resources to help you create and to supplement your education.   The first project we're assembling is DIY Pickling Kit, which...

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