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Leftover Lace Makes Versatile Designs

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Adding a little lace can give a design an instant lift. Whether seeking a style that’s a little edgy, sweet or a kickback to a couple decades ago – lace can make it happen. No-sew projects with doilies, remnants or upcycled materials can turn a plain item into an original statement piece, for a fraction of the price of a store bought item. Too tight, too short or too boring shirts can be made bigger and more fashionable by adding a lace extender. Sew a lace panel into the side seam or around the bottom edge of a T-shirt or… read more

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Children are notorious for growing out of their clothes in record speed. And their clothing is notorious for being fairly pricey for items that will not be worn very long. Still quality hand-me-downs are always great to receive, but upcycling other items into new digs is another way to make clothes last longer. Adults or older siblings who have outgrown their clothes are the perfect go-to for fabric. Check out this DIY idea to turn old shirts or other clothes into a dress. The tutorial has great pictures and patterns, and any larger sized shirt could work. This pattern turns and… read more

DIY Patio Umbrella Ideas And Repairs

DIY Patio Umbrella And Repairs From Salvaged Parts

Adding shade to a patio makes it an instant outdoor gathering spot on sunny days. However, patio umbrellas can be pricey. Also, some are not made for durability and can’t make it through a windstorm, leaving a lopsided umbrella with ripped fabric and a less than perfect appearance. Making your own patio umbrella can be done by using salvaged pieces from a regular umbrella, or by reusing supplies and constructing your own. If you have an old umbrella that has seen better days but the frame is still together, it may be able to be repurposed into a bigger patio sized umbrella… read more

DIY Fashions And Fun Made With Extra Fabric

DIY Fashions From Extra Fabric

There are tons of ideas for using up fabric remnants. If you have been saving up extra fabric, break it out and put it to use by making something practical, fashionable or educational. This floral bag tutorial incorporates a spring inspired print that could be changed out with the seasons, or for any other reason, with a découpage technique. This application could be used for backpacks and other bags, and even applied to luggage to make it stand out at pick-up. To color or put a print or pattern onto plain fabric, try a traditional shibori method for dying. Cotton blends work best for this, and… read more

The Crown Of Spring

The Crown Of Spring

Handmade floral headbands made with fresh or crafted flowers are a nod to spring and reawakening. These require few materials and can be made using items from around the house and flowers or other natural items from outdoors. Also, other choices for decorative materials, like recycled papers or fabrics can be used to make them. The crowns can be made in any size and can be tailored for children and adults. They also make great gifts, and little hands can learn how to craft them too. They make sweet gifts for birthdays, Mother’s Day and other special events. If making… read more

DIY Kaftans and Kimonos

DIY Kaftans and Kimonos

For comfort and style in one, kaftans and kimonos are go-to items. They are easy to wear, can be dressed up or worn casual, and look effortlessly glamorous. Though sometimes a good thrift store hunt may produce an unfound treasure of a vintage kaftan or a worn-to-the-perfect-softness kimono, they can sometimes be pricey investments if purchased new. Though well-made ones will last for many years, sewing a handmade version will be a project that will leave you feeling accomplished – and comfortable. Check out La Maison Bohéme for some flowy, visual inspiration to get started. If you have a pattern… read more

It’s A Wrap With These DIY Dresses

It’s A Wrap With These DIY Dresses

Wrap dresses and skirts are comfortable and easy to wear, but their popularity and versatility can sometimes also come with a way off the budget tag. With some extra fabric, scraps, sheets, linens or even other dresses and skirts, they can be transformed into a stylish wrap-able fashion. Famous for starting the wrap dress craze, Diane Von Furstenburg’s dresses are fabulous and sought-after, but they can also be made do it yourself style with some sewing know how. This vintage looking vogue inspired wrap dress imitates a stunning Diane Von Furstenburg style, minus the 100’s of dollars in costs. Tips are… read more

Make A Maxi Dress And Skirt From A Sheet

Make A Maxi Dress And Skirt From A Sheet

Dresses and skirts can be pricey wardrobe staples, especially if they are well made from quality material. However, with some sewing skill and for the price of a bed sheet, maxi dresses and skirts are just a few stitches away. The following patterns are good examples of how to turn an ordinary sheet into a new wearable style, and some were made for only around $2.00. Investing in a wrinkle free sheet may cost more, but it will make the outcome require less fuss. The style below is really rocking the sheet look, but the waist shown on the dress is… read more

Recycled Materials Meet Haute Couture

Recycled Materials Meet Haute Couture

When thinking of recycled and sustainable fashions, haute couture may not be the first style venue to come to mind. However, the past couple of years has seen an increase in the use of recycled materials in high fashion, and has highlighted the imaginative sides of quite a few designers that can do some really creative and new things with old supplies. Fashion designer Michael Cinco has been able to create a variety of impressive styles with some interesting recycled materials. One particularly eco-minded photography shoot showcasing his designs actually took place in a landfill. The designs were made from… read more

Lazy Laundry Or Smart Clothing?

Lazy Laundry Or Smart Clothing?

If you abhor dingy looking clothing, hate stains and don’t like doing laundry in general, then hold tight, this t-shirt may grab your attention. Just hot off the funding shelf at Kickstarter, the Silic t-shirt is designed to keep itself clean. The shirt uses what is referred to as hydrophobic nanotechnology, which works to effectively repel liquids from clothing. Using a hydrophobic textile which has built in nanotechnology that is microscopically woven into the fibers, the fabric contains layers of silica particles. This causes deposits of air to build up between the fabric and any spilled liquids. Therefore moisture does… read more