Refashioned DIY Clothing

How to Cut a Heart in a T-Shirt For Valentine’s Day

Do you know how to cut a heart in a t-shirt? It’s very easy! I’m going to show you how to make a simple collar refashion for Valentine’s. Cutting a heart in a t-shirt is easy to do and perfect for Valentine’s Day. T-shirt material is the best to use because you do not need to even sew a seam. Simply fold, and cut. This cut out make a super simple t-shirt redo. You can be done and ready for Valentine’s Day in less than five minutes. I’m totally in love with making Valentine’s Day shirts. Something about the day … Read more

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Refashion a Bow T-Shirt 10 Different Ways

I’ve been meaning to do this roundup of all my “Refashion a T Shirt with Bows 10 Different Ways” tutorials that I made over the summer, but somehow couldn’t get myself to actually publish this post. But, at long last, today I finally have my bow tutorial roundup for everyone! 10 Ways to Refashion an Old T-Shirt With a Fabric Bow 1. Making Fabric Bows … Bows, Bows, Everywhere! This is the first tutorial, because you can basically dress up everything you own with your own custom fabric bow. Make them from scrappy fabric or buy a fabric square. You can also … Read more

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DIY Sewing Magic: How to Make Shorts from a Shirt Easily

Today, Kitty and I are going to show you how to refashion DIY shorts from a shirt because it’s the end of the summer and we need to sneak in some summer clothing on the blog. Jersey shorts are awesome if you are lazy, like us. I hate wearing nice clothes when it’s hot outside, and Kitty hates going outside because the outside is a scary place. Try to find the largest t-shirt that you can, and if necessary, use two t-shirts. DIY Shorts From A Shirt Most of the time, I lounge around in moo-moos. Kitty just lounges around. Man, … Read more

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Refashion a Classic Peasant Shirt with Bow Collar

I love peasant shirts.  Do you remember this peasant shirt that I made with a gold chain? Something about them are so feminine and beautiful.  So I’m pretty excited for today’s shirt, a peasant bow-tie shirt refashion!  Like the other shirt, I made this one from a dress because I can take advantage of the length.  The bow is made from a satin ribbon. And here is a closeup of the bow 🙂 Attach a safety pin to one end. Cut the satin ribbon about twice the width of the top, in two pieces (so each piece is about twice … Read more

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Shoulder Bows T-Shirt Refashion with a Gather

I bought an extra man’s green t-shirt for St. Patrick’s Day, but it was a little too bright. I think the color is more appropriate for the hazy, happy days of summer! So here’s another ten minute refashion, making a shoulder bows t-shirt. This gives a little feminine ruffle detail on the shoulder. This gather-sewing trick can be used in all sorts of different refashions, such as on the sleeves or on the sides to create a little bit of extra detail. I always use plain t-shirt in order to show off the refashions, but this would look just as … Read more

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Refashioning a T-Shirt with Bows Cut Out From the Back

This week, we have a very quick refashion — you make this shirt in less than 5 minutes with some fabric glue, so it’s also a no sew refashion. This shirt is a simple cut bows t-shirt. A good candidate for the “before” shirt is a t-shirt with some kind of decal or logo on the front, but blank on the back, although I think it would look fine with a decal or logo on the back, too, just a little “crowded.” Simple Cut Bows T-Shirt Refashion Materials Needed A plain gray t-shirt Lace white fabric Permanent fabric glue The Before I … Read more

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Refashion a Skirt with a Bow Waist for Ultimate Chic

Happy Friday, everyone! I was modeling this skirt in last week’s lace bow t-shirt refashion. I think this satin bow skirt refashion and that lace bow t-shirt refashion makes a great ensemble! Satin Bow Skirt Refashion Materials Needed: Satin Ribbon Black Black & White Striped Skirt Jersey Knit Solid Black Fabric I picked up this skirt about two years ago, and had it stored inside my sewing cabinet for “sometime in the future.” So when I decided to do this series of Bows Refashions, this skirt was going to get remade. I really like the skirt before it was redone, … Read more

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T-Shirt with Lace Bow Refashion Tutorial: From Plain to Pretty

I’m going to show you an awesome bow ensemble … so this blog post will be the first of two. This post is a lace bow refashion using a plain white t-shirt, and next week, I will show you how to refashion a simple bow skirt. (You’ll be able to see both of the refashions in my pictures!) See the skirt? 🙂 I think I might wear these two refashions for my law school graduation, which is this weekend! Yeah! I’m so excited. These last few weeks, I’ve been racing to the finish line to complete a bunch of refashions and blog … Read more

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Refashion a Plain Tee into a T-Shirt with Bows on the Back: DIY Magic

I’m so excited to show you this week’s refashion! Purple is such an awesome color for the spring, too. This Fabric Bow Back T-Shirt took a bit longer than some of the other t-shirt tutorials because I had to make all the fabric bows, but once you make the squares, the shirt comes together nicely. These last three weeks, I’ve been racing to a finish line trying to get all my bow refashions done before the end of school. (I will be setting all the blog posts on publish during the time that I’m studying for the Bar.) My poor … Read more

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DIY Crafting a Chic Bow Tie T-Shirt Refashion

For my second blog post in the Bows, Bows, and Bows series, I am going to show everyone something super simple and super cute. In fact, you can remake this Bow Front T-shirt in like 10 minutes. I’m not sure if I mentioned this before … the last three years, I have been in law school. That’s one of the biggest reasons that between 2015 and 2016, I didn’t have any posts. Well, I’m glad to say that in two short weeks, I will be done! Unfortunately, that also means 10 hour days studying for the Bar … sigh. I’m piling up … Read more

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How to Make a Headband with This Simple Sewing Tutorial

I love refashioning and reusing t-shirts and other fabric scraps. Upcycling all those t-shirts is so eco-conscious. I could write blog posts about all the t-shirt remakes that I do. Alas, most are reused into cloth napkins, of which I have a variety of uses in my house. However, the colorful t-shirts are often remade into something else, like upcycling skirts or completely remaking a shirt into a cut-out design. Let’s turn this thrifted t-shirt into a fabric headband!! Refashion a Fabric Headband from a Thrifted T-Shirt Featured on: Materials needed: Any sparkly t-shirt or fabric. Your t-shirt or fabric doesn’t … Read more

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6 Creative DIY St. Patrick’s Day Shirt Refashions

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!  You wouldn’t believe how difficult it is to find some refashions for St. Patrick’s Day!!  I looked for a long time on both Pinterest and Google and couldn’t come up with too much.  Here are 6 St. Patrick’s Day Refashions for all you fashionistas out there. Also, did you know how #%)&$^*( difficult it is to find St. Patrick’s Day refashion tutorials??? 6 St. Patrick’s Day Refashions I will confess.  I was looking online for something to create for St. Patrick’s Day.  I wasn’t sure if the hubby was going to take me out … but I … Read more

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How to Make a Bleach Spray Shirt with a Shamrock Twist for St. Patrick’s Day

Here’s a tutorial on how to make a bleach design shirt … with a cute shamrock design just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. I think it’s a good idea to have a St. Patrick’s Day shirt around for these kind of occasions … my daughters sometimes have “Spirit Week” at school, so this shirt is quite handy. How To Make A Bleach Design Shirt For St. Patrick’s Day My husband and I do not go out to the bars (almost at all), but we like to round up our friends and celebrate this lighthearted, happy holiday. I’m always on the look-out … Read more

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Valentine’s Day DIY: A Chic Love Cut Out Shirt Refashion

As the Aladdin song goes, can you feel the love tonight? Today’s refashion tutorial is a love cut out shirt, where the word LOVE is on your back. Remember this heart cut-out t-shirt refashion that I made for Valentine’s Day? And the heart shaped back cut out t-shirt? That shirt is one of my favorites. I wear it out and about a lot. Like I said last week, tons of people have told me how much they love it, too. So, we’re going to make more of these lovely upcycled and refashioned t-shirts. My goal is to have an entire … Read more

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DIY T-Shirt with Heart Cut Out (How To Valentine’s Day Refashion)

Here’s another t-shirt with heart cut out refashion tutorial for Valentine’s Day. This t-shirt features a beautiful heart on the back of the shirt (rather than the front) with beautiful stretchy red fabric. Do you remember this heart cut-out t-shirt refashion? I love that shirt. Everyone else loves that shirt, too. I get soooo many compliments on it. And if you’d like to see more of my Valentine’s Day refashions! Why I Love This T-Shirt with Heart Cut Out Valentine’s Day Refashion The best part of this refashion is that it is only 10 minutes (assuming that you have your sewing … Read more

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Refashion Tips for Dying Khaki Pants Red for the Christmas Holiday

For this week’s upcycled fashion clothing project, I decided to repurpose a pair of pants that I hate. They weren’t my mother’s pants — they were something that I overpaid for at a yard sale — but I hate to throw them out because the label says “Aeropostale” on it. Yeah, okay, I’m a sucker for a label. That, and I overpaid for them so it’s more like being stubborn. Of course, I wouldn’t be the first woman to make a fashion mispurchase! Here they are, the before picture. Refashioning Some Pants for the Holidays I’m not really sure why I hated these pants. … Read more

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10 DIY Refashion Ideas for Valentine’s Day T-Shirts

Upcycle something beautiful for Valentine’s Day! Here’s a list of 10 awesome clothing tutorials for the day of love. Refashionistas abound! Remaking your clothes is such an economical, fashionable, and eco-conscious thing to do. 2. Tone on Tone Hearts 10 Awesome Valentine’s Day Refashions 1. Heart Cutout T-Shirt on Your Back

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20 Creative DIY Sewing T-Shirt Refashions You’ll Love

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful time last night. The New Year always brings a bunch of blogging “bests,” as in “Best of My Posts” posts.  This year, I created a list of 20 t-shirt refashions to help spark some creativity and inspiration!  All of the upcycled t-shirts in this list are to remake t-shirts into different t-shirts.  They range from easy to difficult. Plenty of my own refashs in here, ladies. Also check out my 10 super bow refashions!  Be gorgeous!! Intermediate T-Shirt Refashion Projects Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to level … Read more

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Long Sleeve to Short Sleeve DIY Shirt Refashion Guide With Lace and Dye

Welcome to spring, everyone! I know it’s officially been spring for about two weeks, but it hasn’t felt like spring. Today, I’m refashioning a plain white, long-sleeve jersey shirt. We’re going to upcycle this shirt into something a little jazzier, with some dip dye and lace. Another great t-shirt refashion, here we come! Remaking a Long Sleeve Shirt with Dip Dye and Lace Here’s a close approximation of the shirt, since I forgot to take a before picture. Except mine was, like, XXL. First, let’s do some dyeing! I used Rit All-Purpose Powder Dye, Purple for our new Pantone color of … Read more

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Make a Scarf from a Shirt for Valentine’s Day: Simple DIY Tutorial

We have another Valentine’s Day post today. This one you can do in about five minutes. If you have to work on V-Day, you’ll be ready to wear something to the office and keep warm. Upcycle a T-Shirt Into a Simple Heart Scarf Do you remember this red t-shirt from last week’s upcycled Valentine’s Day heart t-shirt post? To make this scarf, the best material is a man’s shirt because they do not have side hems. Cut off the bottom of the t-shirt, wide enough for a scarf. Don’t worry about hemming the material since t-shirts don’t require hemming. Now, cut … Read more

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A Valentine’s Day Heart Cut Out Shirt Tutorial (Refashion Guide)

Today’s blog post is a heart cut out shirt tutorial for Valentine’s Day. We’ll upcycle a faded t-shirt into something really spiffy. Like most stay-at-home or work-from-home moms, I really don’t have a need to dress up. This might seem kind of funny since I run a blog that has a lot of recycled clothing. Also, if you are like me, then you have some of these faded-out t-shirts hanging around. Perfect for refashioning those t-shirts into something cool! Heart Cut Out Shirt Tutorial For Valentine’s Day This shirt is also too big. I like a nice fitting t-shirt. So … Read more

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Refashion a DIY Dip Dye Jean Shorts and T-Shirt Ensemble

Remaking a Plain White T-Shirt and Jean Shorts into a Fabulous Ensemble I am super excited for today’s post. I’ve had this pair of short and this top for a while now. Having plain shorts and a plain white t-shirt is great if you want to pair it with something more intricate, loud, or flashy.  But I didn’t like either of these pieces for that purpose. This is perhaps because both pieces scream “Do something with me!!!” And do something, I shall. Time for a refashion! Let’s get rid of that not-so-well-done hem job on the shorts. Iron it out. I’m … Read more

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DIY Refashion Batwing Sleeve Top Tutorial

I found this dress at the Salvation Army. The top part of the dress left much to be desired. The designer obviously thought it was fashionable, but the fit was not right. But the bottom … what a great material! Reminded me of handkerchiefs. Upcycling this into something better should be easy. Upcycling an Ugly Dress into a Smashing Shirt Don’t you think that material is great? I machine-basted the bottom together, so it wouldn’t wiggle around on me while I worked. Separate the top from the bottom. The actual construction of the shirt was fairly simple using satin quilt binding. The … Read more

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A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Turn a Necklace into Earrings

Jewelry and I get along pretty well, and I especially like necklace and earring sets. I am not a big fan of bracelets or rings, though, because they bother my hands during the day. (It’s REALLY annoying to hear the clack-clack when I am typing!) So I try to figure out ways to make sets even if I don’t have a set, like this lone necklace. Making a Pair of Earrings from Extra Beads Cut off the top wire, and be sure to file down (with a metal file) the end poking out. Put a bunch of beads onto a straight … Read more

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Refashion Workshop: How to Make a Dress into a Skirt

I found this dress at the Salvation Army the other day. There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with it, but it was a badly designed dress. Time to upcycle it into something I can wear: a skirt! Don’t you love it when you can take something that someone else couldn’t do anything with, and repurpose it? Remaking a Dress into a Skirt I loved it on the rack, but when I got it home, it left much to be desired. Probably because the cut on the top part of the dress was all wrong, and I couldn’t actually get into … Read more

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DIY Peasant Shirt with Chain Straps Refashion

So I read that red was supposed to be a hot color (pardon the pun!) for the summer. I picked this up at the Salvation Army thinking to be in style, but I hate maxi dresses. (I look like a drowned rat in them!) Time for some restyling. Refashioning a Dress Into a Peasant Shirt I was perusing the mall … and came across this cute little top at NY & Company. That chain is so cute!! I had to have it. So I cut the top of my dress off and then sewed up the side, leaving some room for the … Read more

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Step-By-Step DIY Dip Dye Dress Refashion

I found this great dress at the Salvation Army and it was only $3. It was also brand new, with the tags, which said it was a bridal dress. I’m not so sure any bride would wear it … as it was definitely see through as well. Almost looked like a nightgown actually. But with a few refashions, it will be a daytime dress! Refashioning a Dip Dyed Dress Here is the before. I liked it, but I was going to a wedding … so, yeah, don’t wear white. I’ve wanted to try dip dyeing for a while now, so I went out … Read more

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How to Make a Skirt from a Shirt for a Stylish Refashion

Refashioning a Skirt from a Shirt My niece Courtney gave me this fabulous idea on Pinterest. I hunted around the Goodwill until I found the perfect shirt. So today, we’re going to refashion this one into a skirt. As soon as you figure out how wonderfully easy, and how wonderfully sexy the result is, I bet you’ll make a dozen of them. Cut off the top, making sure there is enough at the bottom to cover your bottom. Cut a length of wide elastic the size of your waist. Sew the ends together. And then sew the ends to the elastic … Read more

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A Step-by-Step Guide Basics for Sewing a Lettuce Hem

My daughter and I share one really annoying problem: we both can’t fit into any pants. She is 11 years old, and fits into a size 8 except for the length. Come summertime, this problem is generally easy to solve since I crop off all of her jeans and make them into shorts. (Adding length, on the other hand, is a real pain.) In this step-by-step guide, I am going to show you how I refashioned a size 8 pair of pants into a pair of capris, creating a lettuce hem. This gives clothing a nice, casual look. I think … Read more

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Refashioned Plastic Bag Holder for Grocery Bags From a Long Sleeve

I love short sleeve tops because they are so versatile. I wear them the entire year with shorts, jeans, or skirts. If it’s cold, I throw on a sweater or a scarf on top to complete the look. But since I’ve been doing so many blog posts about refashioning tops into short sleeves, I thought I would do something different today. Remember this top? Making a Bag Holder I ended up with two sleeves. I don’t have any photo instructions this week, but I thought I would just pass on a nice tip. These make great bag holders! And you know … Read more

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How To Refashion a Shirt with a Long Sleeve to Short Sleeve for a Summer Look

I found this knit top during one of my thrifting store scouts. I love the kind of pleated detail in the front, but the top itself was too big and I wanted a summer top, not a winter top. So I decided to make it exactly what I wanted. 🙂 Remaking a Long Sleeved Knit Top If you don’t have a sewing form, have a partner help you out. Since the sleeves weren’t tooooooo large, I used the line at the seam as a cutting point to cut off the sleeves. Sewing the sleeves up. Following the pins, I sewed up the … Read more

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Turning a Dress into a Skirt through Creative Refashion II

I got out my skirt today that I upcycled a while ago, and I decided that I hated the hem. So today, I’m going to refashion my refashion. It’s not going to make it look significantly different, but it is going to help the waist. I’m going to teach you how to make a nice waistband, since I messed this one up so badly. Remember this skirt? Refashioning a Skirt from a Dress, Part II Well, the skirt has side ruffles in it, which completely messed up my hemming. See my bad job at sewing? 🙂 Time for a fix! Let’s take … Read more

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Refashioning a Ruffle Top Shirt from a Vest

Salvation Army had its annual 50% off day and that’s the perfect day to pick up some great finds for your refashion collection! But I find that most people don’t head to the new section — anything with a tag still on it is marked up about 40% more than the used stuff. At 50% off, though, it makes it worth it. This vest is one of the things I found and today, I’m going to remake it into something better. Refashion a Vest Into a Feminine Ruffle Shirt I love vests but a recent fashion trend (which I STILL don’t get!!!) is … Read more

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Turning a Dress into a Skirt through Creative Refashion

This dress was one of dresses from my mother. I really loved it but I have such a hard time wearing anything that I can’t wear a bra with. I realize that there are strapless bras … but those suck. So it’s time for a refashion! Refashioning a Skirt from a Dress See the beadwork on the neck portion? I have GOT to save it!   Very simple redo today. Cut off the top, and take that beadwork out …   Sew up the bottom with some elastic band. Make sure to stretch the band and the skirt a bit so that it … Read more

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Refashion Tips for Taking in a Dress: Revitalize Your Wardrobe

My daughter bought this fashion-woe. It was one of those really nice dresses that looked smashing on the rack, but was ill-fitted and ugly once you look in the mirror. Have you ever made one of those clothing mistakes? *Raises hand up high!* She came to me to fix it for her, and after a lot of mulling around, I decided to chop at it. Last week I showed you how to refashion a cute striped shirt longer by adding some lace. This week, we are going to use that same lace and remake this outfit, too. Remaking a Ill-Fitted … Read more

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A DIY Guide on Making Shirts Longer: Refashion with Lace

I mostly shop for things that will look good, because I’m just too lazy to follow any kind of fashion trends. This spring, however, stripes have come back into style. Fashionistas, get out all those great shirts and sport them this season! I was so psyched when I found this shirt at the Salvation Army. It fits perfectly and it’s sexy. Too bad it’s too short! Time for an upcycle into something better. Refashioning a Cute Striped Shirt by Adding Lace & Making It Longer Here is Lex, being very cold while modeling the shirt for me: Since this shirt needs … Read more

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Refashioning a Keyhole Neckline Shirt: Small Changes for Chic Transformation

I got this shirt from the Salvation Army. There isn’t anything wrong with it, except I think it’s a little too coy for my taste. I’m not a big fan of the keyhole on the front of the shirt at all. So today, I am going to show how a small change can make something that you own into a favorite piece. Small Changes to a Shirt Make It Even Better Here is a closeup of the keyhole: It isn’t bad, really, I just don’t like it. This is going to be a relatively small and easy change. Since there is … Read more

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How to Make Pants from a Skirt for a Stylish Makeover

Remember this lovely pile of scrap material from my Shirt from a Dress post two weeks ago? Well, it’s time to put that wonderful fabric to upcycling use. I’m going to make a pair of flowing, easy lounging pants. I love pants like what I envisioning. Repurposing Fashion Clothing: Upcycling Pants From a Dress Gotta hem the top over. And again. Sew into place … … and I run into my first problem 🙁 Needs a hole for the string that I cut off! Problem is, the hole is going to fray especially with all that friction of the string. To solve this … Read more

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How to Craft an Empire Waist Shirt From a Dress Refashion

One of the first things I uncovered from my mother’s wardrobe was this dress. The concept of this dress is great except that it was for an old person. Sorry, Mom! However, this looks like it would make a great addition to a summertime swimming attire, so even though we are in the midst of winter spring, I decided to remake it for my daughter Liz. Fortunately, stripes are totally in this spring, so this would be the perfect upcycle. Repurposing Fashion Clothing: Upcycling an Empire Waist Top from a Dress First step, cut it up. I measured where the bust … Read more

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How to Make a Shirt Out of a Dress for a New Look: Refashioning Basics

My friend gave me these three long summery dresses. I love them, but I also hate dresses. Actually, I hate skirts too, but dresses even more. There was a time when all I did was wear dresses like these, so I was pretty stoked to get them. Until they sat in the back of my closet, for like, years. Time to remake them into something that I’ll wear! Repurposing Fashion Shirt: Upcycling a Dress, Part I I decided to play around with the blue one. I’m going to make myself a shirt. Lop that puppy right off! The strings had to … Read more

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DIY Fringe Boots: The Budget-Friendly Way to Refashion Your Footwear

We found this great fringe at JoAnn’s. Liz immediately fell in love with it and asked to attach it to her boots. Even though it isn’t really upcycling (more like decorating), I still dig the creativity. Here is the “before boot.” She added the fringe with the glue gun. I didn’t have to tell her to start the fringe at the back. The only problem with the fringe is that it frayed pretty easily, so she needed to secure it with the glue. I think she did a great job. Here she is showing off her new stash. Pretty cool, … Read more

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