The crafty folks at have just published the first in a series of how-to e-manuals. The Minneapolis-based design site's "Make It! Mid-Century Modern" provides directions for 12-how-to projects for items such as a Girard-Inspired Ottoman, a Calderiffic Mobile and the Eames-broidered Cocktail Napkins, pictured.

Publisher Bruno Bornsztein said the projects were chosen on their ability to be easily put together by "the average crafty person," (One that didn't make the cut: A Paul McCobb-inspired credenza that required too much carpentry.)Curbly fans will be delighted to see the manual is the work of regular contributors Chrisjob, ModHomeEcTeacher and DIY-Maven.

Besides templates, directions and photos, the projects are organized by the designer who inspired them, along with tidbits about that particular mid-century master. The manual can be downloaded as a PDF for $9.99 or ordered printed full color on 80-pound, partly recycled stock for $18; see details at

Bornsztein said Curbly hopes to be able to produce such manuals on a monthly basis, but so far the next pub date is likely in February.