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Using RIT Dye in a Washing MachineOne method of dyeing clothing is in the washer. This is a page about using RIT dye in a washing machine.

 

A load of red dyed clothing in a front loader washing machine.

Dyeing Clothing in the Washing MachineThis is a page about dyeing clothes in the washing machine. Changing or maintaining the color of your clothes can be done simply in your washing machine, but can also create a big mess.

 

Chihuahua Clothing PatternsThis is a page about Chihuahua clothing patterns. Making clothing for small dogs is a fun creative pastime. There are many sources for the patterns to make your pup a stylish wardrobe.

 

Swirl pattern tie dye shirt.

Setting the Dye When Making Tie-dye ClothingWhen making tie-dyed clothing an important step before you finish the project is to set the dye. This is a page about setting the dye when making tie-dye clothing.

 

sharpie tie dyed tshirt

Making a Sharpie Tie Dyed T-ShirtThis is a page about making a Sharpie tie dyed T-shirt. This project is an easier way to create a tie dyed looking t-shirt, that even the kids can help with.

 

Knitted Sweaters

Making a Liner for a Knitted SweaterThis is a page about making a liner for a knitted sweater. A liner for your sweater makes for a finished look, as well as protects your skin from itching caused by wool sweaters.

 

girl in a summer dress

Repairing Elastic Smocking on a DressThis is a page about repairing elastic smocking on a dress. Repairing damaged or worn elastic smocking can seem daunting.

 

Poodle Skirt

Making a Poodle SkirtThis is a page about making a poodle skirt. Poodle shirts popular in the 1950s, are still a fun project to make for everyday retro clothing, Halloween, or other special occasions.

 

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Handmade Fleece PonchoIn an older post: "Handmade Fleece Poncho", in the instructions it was stated to "measure child/person standing with arms straight out side by side". Do you mean straight out like trying to fly, or arms straight down resting on legs? Side by side is confusing me.

 

Jean Embelished Shirt Finished

Making a Jean Embellished SweatshirtUse the waist, zipper, seams, and pockets from a pair of jeans to create a unique embellished sweatshirt. The directions are found on this page.

 

DIY Off-Shoulder Top - off the shoulder sweatshirt modeled by the maker

DIY Off-Shoulder TopThis page contains instructions and photos to help you make an off-shoulder top from a typical sweatshirt. Making your own DIY off-should top saves money and allows you to choose the color and fabric of your choice.

 

Tie-dyeing a Wedding Dress - strapless white satin wedding dress

Tie-dyeing a Wedding DressI am needing to know if it is possible to tie-dye my wedding dress for my hippie, gypsy, bohemian wedding theme?

 

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Corset-Back T-shirt - view of finished tee being worn

Corset-Back T-shirtThis is a simple way to turn any tee into a chic corset tie-up shirt. All you need is a shirt, scissors, and some sturdy ribbon.

 

Flames of Love Tie Dye T-Shirt - pretty long sleeve tie dye shirt

Flames of Love Tie Dye T-ShirtOur economy in South Africa has been hit by a rough patch. I love clothes that are unique, but most clothing items have just become too expensive. Here is a great way to add a modern touch to a cheap white T-shirt, without breaking the bank in the process.

 

old sweaters

Make Arm and Leg Warmers from SweatersOld sweaters, especially wool ones, work quite well for making cozy arm and leg warmers. This is a page about make arm and leg warmers from sweaters.

 

Bulls Eye Tie Dye Shirt

Bull's Eye Tie Dye PatternThere are several tie dye pattern variations you can try. This is a page about making a bull's eye tie dye pattern.

 

finished shirt 1

Swirl Tie Dye PatternThe swirl tie dye pattern may look complicated, but it is in fact very easy to make. This is a page about making a swirl tie dye pattern.

 

custom bleached denim with an intricate design

Bleaching DenimThis is a page about bleaching denim. Your denim clothing can be bleached to lighten a dark color or you can get creative and bleach designs onto the fabric.

 

heart patches on jeans

Decorating ClothingThis is a page about decorating clothing. There are many fun ways to embellish clothes with beads, paint, glitter and fabric.

 

A girl wearing a red shirt.

Dyeing ClothingThis page is about dyeing clothing. It is important to determine whether your fabric will absorb the color you want to dye it, and the best method to apply it.

 

Tie Dye T-shirt

Making Tie Dye ClothesThis page is about making tie dye clothes. Create your own patterns with this fabric tying and dyeing project using the colors you want.

 

Duct Tape

Making Duct Tape ClothesThis is a page about making duct tape clothes. Duct tape has become a very popular crafting medium. One of the more uncommon uses for this durable tape is to make clothing.

 

making a cloak

Making a CloakThis is a page about making a cloak. Although currently often used as part of a costume, a cloak is also a stylish way to keep warm, and very retro.

 

Woman wearing a handmade apron.

Making an ApronThis is a page about making an apron. Making an apron for yourself or as a gift is a fun project, whether you use a pattern or use your own unique design.

 

A homemade dog coat.

Making a Dog CoatThis is a page about making a dog coat. Buying your dog a coat at the pet store can be very pricy. A less expensive alternate may be to make one.

 

Blue Skirt on White Background

Remaking a Dress Into a SkirtThis is a page about remaking a dress into a skirt. Have an old dress that needs some updating? Give it new life by turning it into a skirt.

 

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Homemade Sock ProtectorsDoes anyone know the measurements to make sock protectors?

 

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Pattern for Women's Pajamas with Gusset SeatBack in the "olden days" when I was a child, pajamas for adults, as well as children, had a gusset in the back that was comfortable versus the new patterns that have a seam up the back. Can anyone tell me where to find such patterns or how to alter a pattern to accommodate this feature? TIA

 

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Making Housecoat from TowelsDoes anyone know how to make housecoats from bath towels? Thanks.

 

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Designing Clothes OnlineHow can I design my own clothes online?

 

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How Can I Make a Jacket from Neck Ties?Does anyone have a pattern or directions for making a jacket from men's ties?

 

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Pattern for Making Nightwear for a ToddlerDoes anyone have a simple pattern I can use to make some cozy winter nightwear, for my 3 year old granddaughter? Thank you in advance.

 

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Making a No-Sew PonchoHow do I make a no-sew poncho?

 

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How Do I Make a Plus Size Water Resistant Apron?I'd like to make an apron that is both a plus size (as in size 26) and somewhat water resistant. When washing the dishes, water goes through a regular apron.

 

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Make a Flannel Half Slip for WarmthMake a flannel 1/2 slip to keep you warm. Cut a piece of new flannel, baby blankets, or section of a flannel sheet. For the length: measure from waist to knee. Add 2 inches for hem, and 3 inches for top casing for elastic.

 

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Making Vests With Pre-Quilted FabricI have a quick question for everyone and anyone that sews. I have about 3 yards of 3 different pieces of quilted patterned material. Originally I was going to make quilted totes, and then changed my mind.

 

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Sizing Charts For Making ClothingThese sizing charts have been SOOO much help for me when I crochet, knit and sew for others:

 

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Link: Threadbanger.comHave your teens check out www.threadbanger.com for DIY projects for really cool and hip clothes!

 

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Tip for SweatshirtI have shirt pattern sheet that says to make a t-shirt with cut outs in it: (Click for directions)

 

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Bull's Eye Tie Dye PatternThe bull's eye pattern is easy to make and is a great choice for displaying the colors that you chose.

 

Jean Embelished Shirt Finished

Jean Embellished SweatshirtI love to wear sweatshirts and continue to try to "enhance" them. This one has a western feel. I hope you enjoy.

 

calendar tea towel apron

Tea Towel ApronI have an abundance of calendar tea towels in my linen closet. Paired with a bed sheet for the lining, I decided they would make great thrifty aprons for family and friends. The year of the calendar does not show, eliminating the dilemma of who should own the apron and why.

 

Spaghetti strap top

Altered Dress Shirt Into a Summer TopI have several dress shirts in my closet that I used to wear as jackets over camisoles or T-shirts. Some of them I haven't worn in over a year, so I decided they either needed to go, or they needed a transformation. Since I'm pretty frugal, transformation won out.

 

closeup of swimsuit cup

Swimsuit Alteration After Weight LossHave you pulled out last year's favorite swimsuit and found that now it doesn't fit up top in the "cup" area? You finally lost a little weight, then found out the bustline seems to be the first to reduce. It happened to a friend of mine recently.

 

Sharpie Tie Dyed T-shirt

Sharpie Tie Dyed T-shirtUsing Sharpies to tie dye t-shirts is easy and would be a great kids' craft!

 

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Swirl Tie Dye Pattern

Swirl Tie Dye PatternWhile the swirl pattern looks complicated, but it is actually pretty easy to make. Learn how to do it with this short video.

 

Bull's Eye Tie Dye Pattern

Bull's Eye Tie Dye PatternTie dyeing is a fun family project. Check out this video and learn how to make the bull's eye pattern.

 

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Using Rit Dye Fixative on Tie Dyed ShirtsWill using a dye fixative work on tie dyed shirts that have already been rinsed, or is it too late? Either way, how exactly is it done?

 

Dyeing a Bridesmaid Dress - dark grey dress on hanger

Dyeing a Bridesmaid DressI purchased a bridesmaid dress and never got to use it due to the wedding being called off. Now I'm stuck with a dark charcoal color dress that I was told was not my color. So I was thinking of dyeing it, but am not sure what color that I could use that would work on transforming it from gray to? Any help?

 

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Dyeing ClothingI dyed a white nylon dress yellow, wore it twice, and then noticed it had tiny orange spots where apparently the dye didn't blend completely. I washed it and hung it to dry. Then I used a toothbrush to lightly scrub in a 1:3 mixture of Dawn and peroxide on each spot.

 

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grey dress with white collar

Changing the Color of a Dress CollarI was wondering if you could please help me. I have a grey dress with a white collar. I want to match the collar with dress color. What should I do to achieve this? The fabric is viscose.

 

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Setting Clothing DyeCan I put all of my dyed clothes in the same bucket to set the dye or do I have to do it separately?

 

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Decorating a Box Pleat SkirtHow can I make my box pleat skirt more full or blingy? I recently purchased a crop top with a peach orange full length box pleat skirt to wear to a Indian wedding. The problem is, I feel that the skirt is too plain.

 

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