If you’ve got a closet full of clothing that doesn’t fit or isn’t flattering, you don’t have to dump it all at the thrift store drop-off. There’s another solution: upcycle it! That old clothing is actually like having an extra stash of fabric, ready to be sewn! Here are 100 ways to upcycle the clothes in your closet.
Whether you convert it into something more wearable for you or turn it into something completely different, the possibilities are endless with a few old clothes and a little imagination.
LENGTHENING A DRESS WITH LACE // DIY
You may have noticed (or you may not), but I have made a few more cosmetic changes to the blog! I’m pretty excited about it.
My mom and I hit some antique malls on the drive up to Indy, which is always exciting. It’s rare to find cheap old clothing at antique stores, but I ended up snagging a dress for a refashion project at a good price! I’ll be sure to post that tutorial another time. But as for today, we have another awesome project!
Refashionista – Delia from Delia Creates
Hi I Am Momma readers! I am thrilled to be here today.
Cheri’s blog is full of wonderful creative inspiration for crafting, for motherhood, and for life. So I’m pretty honored to be her guest today!
Matching thread looks best…but as you’ll see I didn’t for two of my cardigans. You use so little thread with this project…and I’m cheap. 🙂
7. Last step! 🙂 You can just leave it as is, or add buttons. Remember what I said about increasing your stitch length? Well…I should have done it with my button holer too. I didn’t with this yellow cardigan and the button holer kept breaking my thread, stretching my fabric and ended up giving me less than desirable results.
I increased my stitch length as much as I could with this purple cardigan and achieved MUCH better results. This is also a thick knit shirt, instead of a sweater knit, so that might have helped too.
At step 5, just sandwich the elastic in between the fabric strip and sweater and sew it in. Make sure to go back and forth over it a few times to strengthen the seam where the toggles are. It can be fussy to get the elastic sewn in initially, but with a little patience it turns out quite nicely.
…instead of of three sweaters/shirts I was going to give away.
Bonus…I don’t have to worry about them fitting over my ever growing belly either. 🙂
Thanks for having me over Cheri!
Ruchey Goodness Tutorial
|If there are any fellow sewers out there who actually wanted to try out the ruchey goodness shirt, I have made a tutorial for you! Here are the following steps.|
|Remove original neckband (if you want to reuse it, seam rip it and set it aside)|
|Fold front of shirt in half, mark the distance from the fold of how much you want to take out (I removed 3 inches from the centre, 6 in total)|
|You can either leave the middle section folded, or unfold it like I did. You will use this piece as a template for your new section.|
|Now gather the fabric. I gathered mine by basting, and then hand gathering.|
|Pin the right sides together of the new middle piece and the front sides.|
|Pin your neckband to the shirt. I have also re-hemmed the bottom and taken the sleeves up|
|Once you are all hemmed up, you are finished, voila!!
Yea, I hate taking my own picture, that is why I am wearing those glasses.
to be continued…
Revamp your garments with these superb DIY refashions. The upcycle concepts are excellent to your closet. Speak about wardrobe overload!