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Tips, ideas and project for making your own clothing.
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Using RIT Dye in a Washing Machine
One method of dyeing clothing is in the washer. This is a page about using RIT dye in a washing machine.
Shorten Pants With Tapered Legs
How do I make a smooth seam when altering tapered legs? Sewing tips as submitted from the ThriftyFun community. You might think about making a "V" shaped vent at the seam on the outside of the leg, I hope you understand what I mean. I dont know any other way to explain it.
Skull Cap Patterns
This is a page about skull cap patterns. Skull caps or do rags are easy to make for yourself, a spouse, or friend that works outside. Similarly, you can make a more decorative crochet one.
Dyeing a Wedding Dress
This is a guide about dyeing a wedding dress. If you are thinking of having a nontraditional color for your wedding dress or wanting to reuse your dress for other occasions, dyeing might work for you.
Making a Red Hat Society Bra Hat
Bras can be used to make unique sometimes flamboyant hats. The Red Hat Society is a women's play group that began in 1998 and is now an international women's social organization. Members over 50 wear red hats (often large and elaborately decorated) to group events. This is a page about making a Red Hat Society bra hat.
Turning a Crew Neck Shirt into a V-Neck
I recently found some t-shirts on sale at the craft store for $2. I was excited, but I despise crew neck shirts. I found a youtube video explaining exactly how to turn your shirts into v-necks and they looked like you bought them that way. It's easy and takes less than half an hour.
Protecting Delicate or Vintage Buttons in the...
This is a page about protecting delicate or vintage buttons in the wash. Washing clothing with delicate buttons in the machine can damage them.
Chihuahua Clothing Patterns
This 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.
Making Duct Tape Clothes
This 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 Robe From Towels
I remember (from the 1960s), caftans my friends had made out of towels. I seem to remember one horizontally for the yoke (with a slit for your head to go through), one for the front, and one for the back. They were nice for wearing to and from the showers...
Making Tie Dye Clothes
This page is about making tie dye clothes. Create your own patterns with this fabric tying and dyeing project using the colors you want.
Making Shirt Collars Last Longer
This is a page about making shirt collars last longer. Often the collars on a shirt will become frayed or stained long before the rest of the shirt looks worn and is ready to discard.
Keeping Cutoff Jeans from Fraying
This is a page about keeping cutoff jeans from fraying. Cutoff jeans have been popular off and on for decades. They are a great way to recycle an old pair of jeans, but they will fray.
Making Non-Slip Socks
This is a page about making non-slip socks. Non-slip socks are great for wearing around the house. You can easily make your own version without the expense of buying these speciality socks.
Making a Liner for a Knitted Sweater
This 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.
Repairing Elastic Smocking on a Dress
This is a page about repairing elastic smocking on a dress. Repairing damaged or worn elastic smocking can seem daunting.
Making a Sharpie Tie Dyed T-Shirt
This 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.
Dyeing Clothing in the Washing Machine
This 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.
Shortening Pants or Sleeves
This is a page about shortening pants or sleeves. It can be frustrating to go shopping and find clothing that fits perfectly except for the sleeve or pants leg length.
Making Crinkle Skirts and Shirts
How do you crinkle skirts or shirts permanently? You can buy these skirts and shirts but I would like to try it myself.
Altering Old Clothing Into New Outfits
This is a page about altering old clothing into new clothes. You can reuse many of those clothes you were thinking of getting rid of, with some do-it-yourself alterations.
Dyeing Satin Shoes
How do I dye satin shoes? What kind of dye do I need and where can I buy it?
Setting the Dye When Making Tie-dye Clothing
When 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.
Fading Dark Jeans
This is a page about fading dark jeans. You can fade dark jeans for an overall lighter look or spot bleach for a reverse tie dyed appearance.
Altering Jeans to Replace Button and Zipper with Elastic or Velcro
My husband is disabled and has issues with the zipper and button on his jeans. I'm wondering if there is an easy way to make an elastic waist in his jeans. Thanks!
Making a Dog Coat
This 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.
Making a Mastectomy Camisole
This is a page about making a mastectomy camisole. With some simple sewing skills you can make alterations to a camisole and convert it into a mastectomy camisole.
Make Your Own Bra Extenders
My bras started getting too tight and were extremely uncomfortable. My bras are still in very good condition and all I needed was an extra inch in the band width, so I found my answer on this website.
Moving Buttons on Blouse to Alter Bust Size
Has anyone ever moved the buttons on their blouse closer to the edge to have more room in the bust of the blouse? I am a size D cup, and have a terrible time finding blouses that fit. So, my fiance suggested moving the buttons over a bit.
Repairing Shirts With a Worn Collar or Cuffs
This is a page about repairing shirts with a worn collar or cuffs. Frequently the collar or cuffs on a shirt will wear out before the rest of the garment.
Personalizing a Tie Dyed T-Shirt
Once you have dyed the shirt you can use fabric paint or markers, iron ons, or other types of fabric embellishments to personalize your shirt. This is a page about personalizing a tie dyed t-shirt.
Giving a Sweatshirt a Makeover
I was given a very nice sweatshirt recently that was very large and roomy (which I like) but I need to do some makeover on it before I can wear it. I have cut off several inches of the sleeves and also cut off the elastic waist band at the bottom as I like my sweatshirts hanging straight down. Now what? Any creative people out there who can give me some ideas? I would certainly appreciate it. I have a sewing machine so that is no prob. Thanks you.
Making a Poodle Skirt
This 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.
Making a Pillowcase Skirt
This is a page about making a pillowcase skirt. A pretty pillowcase can be easily and quickly made into a simple skirt.
Making a Monopoly Money Belt
This is a page about making a Monopoly money belt. Sometimes you can buy extra Monopoly money at the thriftstore. Even if you don't need it for your game, use it to make this fun "money" belt.
DIY Off-Shoulder Top
This 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.
Removing a Hemline From Jeans
Oftentimes, jeans need to be altered to fit correctly but this could leave a discolored or creased hem line. This is a page about removing a hem line from jeans.
Tie-dyeing a Wedding Dress
I am needing to know if it is possible to tie-dye my wedding dress for my hippie, gypsy, bohemian wedding theme?
There are several good reasons to alter clothing you already own. For example, you can improve the fit, change the style, or lengthen or shorten pants as needed to get more wear out of children's clothing. This is a page about altering clothing.
After reading a story about spiders, the kids and their friends wanted to make a spider craft. They all had a blast playing with their spider friends! This would be a fun craft for Halloween as well.
Covering Up Logos on Clothing
There are at least a couple of easy ways to cover up a clothing logo. You can use iron-on or sew on appliqués or make your own from material similar in fabric content to the clothing you are working with. This is a page about covering up logos on clothing.
Headband Craft Ideas
There are many ways to make your own headband. Some methods may depend on having crafting skills such as crochet or knitting. You may also embellish store bought bands for special occasions and to complete costumes. This page contains
headband craft ideas
Dyeing a White Wedding Dress Black
Dyeing a wedding dress black can make for a stark look or even a great costume idea. This is a page about dyeing a white wedding dress black.
How to Paint a Red T-shirt
Painting designs on red or dark colored shirts can often require a base coat of a lighter color so the design can pop. This is a page about how to paint a red t-shirt.
This 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.
How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag
Turning a pair of pants into a pair of shorts and a matching bag is fun and easy to do. I've had these eccentric pants for decades and I thought it was time for a change as the days warm up.
Hand Embroidered Modified T-Shirt
This tutorial will give a feminine flair to a plain boring unisex/men's t-shirt using four waist darts, two in front, two smaller ones in back. The design is hand stitched, and the lace edging on the sleeves was attached using a decorative machine stitch.
Stretching the Waist of a Dress
How can I stretch the waist of a dress?
Reconstructed Belt on a Budget
Do not hesitate to purchase a belt if it's too big, it is fixable (if the belt has screws)! I purchased this belt for my fiancé for 90% off at Kohl's for only $2.80, originally $28. The belt is a size 42 which is not his size. You are able to customize the belt to the desired waist/belt size.
Dyeing a Wedding Veil
I have a white wedding veil that I would like to dye a blush pink, but it has rhinestones on it. Will I ruin the stones if I dye it and what's the best dye to use on a veil?
DIY Arm Warmers from Socks
This is a page about DIY arm warmers made from socks. Follow the detailed instructions to make cute arm warmers from any pair of knee socks. This could become addictive so buy lots of socks.
Flames of Love Tie Dye T-Shirt
Our 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.
Changing the Direction of Shirt Buttons
This is a page about changing the direction a shirt buttons. Changing the direction of button closure can be done fairly easily. Follow the steps in this post to accomplish this clothing alteration task.
DIY Turkish Fez
This elaborate fez is easy to make following the instructions in this page. This is a page about a DIY Turkish fez.
How to Make a T-shirt Yarn Necklace
You can use an old T-shirt to make yarn that can be crocheted to make all sorts of items, even a necklace. This is a page about how to make a T-shirt yarn necklace.
Make Capes from Favorite T-Shirts
Rework your child's favorite t-shirt into a fun cape. This is a page about make capes from favorite t-shirts.
Make Arm and Leg Warmers from Sweaters
Old 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.
Swirl Tie Dye Pattern
The 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.
Bull's Eye Tie Dye Pattern
There are several tie dye pattern variations you can try. This is a page about making a bull's eye tie dye pattern.
While you may be able to shrink capris that are too large, your best bet might be to take them in. This is a page about shrinking capris.
Decorating a Dollar Store Headband
Decorate your head band from the dollar store with a cute butterfly. This is a page about decorating a dollar store headband.
Making a Layered-Look T-Shirt
It can be easy to add more color and length to a t-shirt by repurposing parts of an old shirt. This is a page about making a layered look t-shirt.
Making a No-Sew Fleece Scarf
This is a page about making a no-sew fleece scarf. Because you don't really need to hem fleece fabric it is a good choice for making quick and easy scarves.
Making a No-Sew Bandana Skirt and Top
This is a page about making a no-sew bandana skirt and top. All you need is some bandanas to make this no-sew outfit.
If your jeans need adjusting it is best to hem them properly after sizing. This is a page about hemming jeans.
Lengthening a Dress
This is a page about lengthening a dress. Sometimes an outfit needs alterations to suit your own personal preferences.
Making a Yarn Flower Hair Clip
This is a page about yarn flower hair clip. This cute yarn flower hair clip is easy to make in a variety of colors.
Making a Fabric Floral Autumn Accessory
This is a page about making a fabric floral autumn accessory. This pretty fabric accessory project, made up in fall colors, will complement any outfit.
Making Glitter High Heel Shoes
This is a page about making glitter high heel shoes. Glam up a pair of plain or older shoes by applying a coating of glitter.
Altering Pants Into Capris
This is a page about altering pants into capris. Give an older or unused pair of long pants a new lease on fashion life by cutting them down into capris.
Letting Down a Hem on a Skirt
I've had to take down my daughter's school skirt. I thought all was good then I saw the colour of the material that was hemmed up was like new and not "faded" like the rest of the skirt.
Crossover Purse Strap
I don't like the narrow crossover straps that come with purses. With a belt and a few minutes, you can make a very nice, comfortable alternative.
Making Distressed Jeans
This is a page about making distressed jeans. Why pay extra for distressed jeans when you can create the effect at home.
Making Clothing for a Premature Baby
This is a page about making clothing for a premature baby. Premature babies can be too small to find appropriately sized patterns for making them clothes.
Making Zipper Hair Clips
This is a page about making zipper hair clips. Hair clips can be made from all sorts of items, these cute clips are made from zippers.
Decorating Ordinary Socks
This is a page about decorating ordinary socks. Create a unique pair of socks by adding your own decorations.
Design Your Own Silk Scarf
This is a page about design your own silk scarf. A silk scarf is a nice thing to have. make it person to you by designing your own.
Transferring an Autograph to a Shoe
This is a page about transferring an autograph to a shoe. A unique way of displaying an important autograph would be to transfer it to a piece of clothing, such as a shoe, particularly if it is from an athlete.
Decorating Shoes With Duct Tape
This is a page about decorating shoes with duct tape. An easy way to give old footwear a new life is to add sturdy colorful duct tape to the surface of the shoes.
Altering the Neckline on a Pajama Top
How do I make a too large neckline smaller, without taking all the seams out? I just want to keep it from falling off my very narrow shoulders, it is a PJ top made of jersey knit. I am an elderly beginner.
Making a Garden Party Hat
This is a page about making a garden party hat. Whether you are making a fancy garden party hat for yourself or helping a child make one as a school project this can be a fun, creative project.
Using an Iron-on Transfer
This is a page about using an iron-on transfer. An easy and fun way to decorate clothing and home decor items is to use iron-on transfers. You can use either ones you have created yourself or ones purchased at your local craft store.
This 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.
Making a Balloon Bouquet Barrette
This is a page about making a balloon bouquet barrette. A inexpensive, colorful hair accessory can be fashioned with balloons and a plain barrette.
This is a page about decorating shoes. You can personalize your plain shoes by decorating them in a wide variety of ways.
Making a Quick and Easy Skirt
This is a page about making a quick and easy skirt. Even a beginning sewer can make a stylishly simple skirt in short order.
This is a page about decorating clothing. There are many fun ways to embellish clothes with beads, paint, glitter and fabric.
Decorating Clothing with Ribbon
This is a page about decorating clothing with ribbon. You can easily enhance the look of a rather plain piece of clothing by adding some ribbon or trim.
This page is about painting sneakers. To give extended life or a new look to your shoes, you may be able to paint them.
This 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.
Converting Hospital Scrubs into Clothing
I was given 4 tubs of hospital scrubs to recycle into articles of clothing to be send to the villages in Africa (the mission field). Anyone have ideas or patterns I can use?
Making Cloth Diapers
This page is about making cloth diapers. A very green way to deal with your diaper needs is to make your own.
Making a Flower Shirt
This is a page about making a flower shirt. If you want to dress up a plain shirt or update an older one, try adding some handmade fabric flowers.
Tightening T-shirt Sleeves
This is a page about tightening t-shirt sleeves. Sometimes the perfect t-shirt has sleeves that are too full and baggy. It is easy to make some adjustments so that they fit the way you would like.
Making a Cloak
This 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.
Recycled Summer Tops
This is a page about recycled summer tops. By reworking some of your other clothing, such as long sleeved shirts, you can make some really cute tops for summer.
Making Dip-Dyed Clothing
This is a page about making dip-dyed clothing. Dip dyeing clothing is a fun way to create gradient dyed clothes.
This is a page about buying zippers. Zippers come in several styles as well as multiple lengths. When buying a zipper for a new clothing project or as a replacement you will need to shop for just the right one. Sometimes finding what you need can be difficult.
Making Shorts Out of Pants
This is a page about making shorts out of pants. Bring new life to a worn out or out of style pair of pants by making them into shorts.
Making a Scarf
This is a page about making a scarf. There are so many techniques you can use to hand make a beautiful or funky scarf.
This is a page about shortening jeans. Often you can find a pair of jeans that fit perfectly in the waist, but are too long.
Lengthening Children's Clothing
This is a page about lengthening children's clothing. Children often outgrow their clothing in the length long before they outgrow the waist.
Getting the Perfect Length on Cut-off Pants
I recently found some cool pedal pushers in my community center. I hate the length, but they fit for shorts, so I had to cut them down. Sometimes, getting each leg the same is a challenge.
DIY Off-Shoulder Top
I was looking to buy an off-shoulder sweatshirt when I noticed that most of them cost $10 to $15 more than their pre-cut counterparts. There is a super simple way to cut them to make them hang off your shoulder just right. Here's how to do it.
I decided to try this fun tape-dying craft after I spilled something on my top and couldn't fully get the stain out. It's one of my best fitting tanks so I didn't want to throw it out! With a bit of tape and fabric paint, I had an afternoon of fun turn into a cute new top.
Altered T-Shirt for Shoulder Surgery
Recently, I searched online for medical clothing needed after a rotator cuff surgery and noticed the cost of such alterations was in my opinion over priced. After gleaning a few items, I decided to give it my best DIY version that was less costly and worked just as well.
Altering Clothes to Fit More Snuggly
You ever have clothes that you wish were a size or two smaller? This tip is what I do to all my clothes that I want them to fit snug.
DIY Arm Warmers from Socks
I got these cute LOVE socks from the dollar store. The only problem with words written on socks is that the letters tend to stretch out to the shape of your calves, and I've got shapely horse legs! I thought they'd look much cuter as arm warmers, especially with their longer length.
Swirl Tie Dye Pattern
While the swirl pattern looks complicated, but it is actually pretty easy to make. Learn how to do it with this short video.
Making Glitter High Heel Shoes
Take a favorite but worn pair of shoes and update them to fabulous. Learn how to make them with this short video.
Here is a fun way to spunk up an old pair of shoes. Learn how to make your own glitter shoes with this short video.
Making a No Sew Tutu
This short video shows you how to make your own no sew tutu.
Bull's Eye Tie Dye Pattern
Tie dyeing is a fun family project. Check out this video and learn how to make the bull's eye pattern.
Turning Pants Into Capris
You can easily transform a pair of pants that have frayed bottoms into a new pair of capris! Follow the directions in this video to lean how.
Setting Clothing Dye
Can I put all of my dyed clothes in the same bucket to set the dye or do I have to do it separately?
Dyeing a Blue Dress Pink
I have this blue dress that I need to get pink, what is the best way to do this?
Altering a Blouse
I buy blouses a larger size so the shoulders fit, however, they are always too large in the bust area. What is the best way to alter them to fit?
Replacing Stretched Out Elastic in a Waistband
My mother-in-law gave me a flat front skirt with an elastic back waistband that has lost it's stretch. Her waist is 29". The flat front is 8". Would I cut a 21" piece of elastic and just sew it to the inside waistband over the stretched out elastic?
Are there any tricks to painting on a T-shirt? How do you get the paint to set and will it be permanent if you let it dry? Does it work to use a grocery bag between the layers?
Fixing a Blouse That Is Too Tight at Hips
I just bought a brand new blouse online. It fits nicely, however, the lower part of the blouse feels tight across my hips when I button up the last button.
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