Your Clothes Won't Last Forever
Your favorite silky shirt or best pair of fluffy cotton socks will eventually be ruined in some way. The fabric can stain, weaken, or get damaged.
Each piece of clothing doesn't have to be thrown out or given away. There are many ways to redesign and revamp your clothes to look as good as new.
Just take a day to go through all your clothes and choose the ones you want to keep, repair, and give up. Then use some of these tips to make your clothes shine again.
What If My Clothes Are To Big Or Small?
There are a few options you can choose to alter your new and old clothes. If you have something that has shrunk or an item you thought you would grow into but didn't, you can redesign it.
You can take it to a tailor or you can take matters into your own hands. Whichever you choose, it can make your clothes the perfect size!
1. Tailoring Clothes
You may not even know where to start looking for a tailor which is understandable. There are a few sites that can actually help you find one that's nearby.
Depending on what section of clothing you want tailored prices can range from $10-$100. It can also depend on who's doing it and what they charge personally.
The fabric can also come into play when determining the price of alterations. One of the hardest things to alter is a nicer jacket since there are a lot more materials to work with.
The cheapest things to change are the zippers, buttons, and hemming items. That will cost you $10-$20 depending on the fabric and lengths you want.
You could also look up tutorials on how to do it yourself but when it comes to huge changes leave it to the professionals.
2. Adding Extra Fabrics
You can also add extra fabrics onto sleeves and the bottom of you shirts and pants. Even if the patterns are different it could add a bit of style and color to you wardrobe.
After you find the best fabric (and correct colored string) you can start adding it. Measure how much of extra cloth you'll need and cut it evenly.
If you're hand stitching the clothes then try to get the stitches as close as possible to make it stay. A sewing machine would be helpful but not everyone wants one for a few alterations.
3. Adding Sheer And Lace Fabrics
Sheer fabric and lace products need a lot more work since they are easier to rip and tear. You have to use a lot of stitches that match the fabric of the main clothes.
The lace and sheer items can be either inside or outside the original clothing product. Just make sure to stitch over the tears or holes that you have in your cotton socks, pants, skirts, or shirts.
Changing Clothes From One Item To Another
4. Matching A Shirt Into A Skirt Or Dress
This one is actually really easy to do, it just depends on the length of the shirt. If you use a large loose shirt you can bring it down without putting your arms in and have a cute, short, sleeveless dress. You can either tie the sleeves around your collarbone or your neck.
If you have a stretchy shirt you can bring it all the way down to your waist for a shirt. With the sleeves you can tie it into a bow or wrap it around your waist a few times so it'll be used as a belt.
5. Turn Pants Into Shorts Or A Jacket
Pants can be turned into shorts with just a pair of scissors. You want to be careful though, don't just start cutting away. Wear the pants and use a sharpie or marker to mark where you want the shorts to end.
When you cut them you should use a ruler or something that is straight so your shorts don't end up lopsided. You can also fray them and add lace to make them stand out. Don't make them to short and cut piece by piece as you see fit.
When making a jacket put the pant sleeves on your arms and draw the outline of where your wrists are. The extra fabric you cut off can be used as the torso area of the jacket. You'll just have to find the right string and sew it all together to create a fun and creative jacket.
Making a skirt out of a pair of pants can be very simple or very hard. Depending on how long you want the skirt mark it like the shorts.
You can cut the inside seams of the legs and crotch then use cut the thicker part off. Then use the extra cut cloth to sew a simple skirt. If you want to use the pleated method it will be a lot more difficult.
6. Combining Two Different Clothes Together
With this trick you should use two button up shirts that are the same size. You can also use two different shirts as long as they're the same material and size.
Cut both shirts right down the middle. If they're button up make sure the shirts are unbuttoned before you cut. If there's a seam down the middle then cut along there. Use a string that goes along with both shirts.
It will make an interesting new shirt that has a fun and cool pattern. You can use it with plain colors but if you use a patterned shirt, try to match it up.
7. Turn Scarves Into Clothes
Scarves can actually be made into a lot of things since they're just strips of fabric. You can use a wide sheer scarf to make into a kimono. Cut holes in the sides, tie up two ends plus the middle, and fold the sides back a little and sew it up to use as sleeves.
Use a thicker scarf as a skirt, Just tie it around your waist, wrap it, or you can sew the ends together (as long as the fabric is stretchy).
You can also go vice versa and turn a skirt into a scarf. Just cut it into strings but leave a few inches from the waistline. Take the strings and weave them together or leave them as fringe.
Re-Create Your Old Clothes
8. Use Lace And Other Fabrics Again
The other usage of these materials is to make a new design in your clothes. Cut out a fun shape and use the other fabric on the inside of the clothing item.
Make sure the string you use to sew the extra fabric or lace in is the same color as the original shirt. It will create an interesting and new style to revamp your clothes.
9. Restyle Your Shirts
A really popular style this year is the crop top and open sides. An easy way to make this happen is to just cut a shirt in half and wear it just as is.
The other way is to cut the sides of your recycled tshirt straight up (but leave some room so the shirt doesn't fall apart). After the sides are cut, cut the sides into 1/2 inch slivers up the sides.
You can then tie them together to create sectioned areas of fabric. You can also cut out circles or triangles in the shirt on the shoulders to create a totally new shirt.
10. Create Laced Up Clothing
To create laced up clothing you need to get elastic strips with pre-cut holes in them. You can also cut the holes yourself, but they won't be very sturdy.
First cut a shirt either on the sides or create a V neck, if it's with pants then cut along the side seams. After the holes have been cut or the elastic has been sewn, lace regular shoelaces through the holes and tie the bottoms together.
You can also use other fabrics and strings, anything will do. It will result in a new pair of pants or new shirt that is just as stylish as store brands.
Create New Designs On Your Clothes
11. Tie-Dye Your Clothes
White works best when you're tie-dying it. You can use multiple colors on white and lighter hues of colors. Pale and pastel colors work best when you're adding colors.
You can also add other colors to darker shirts but it will just make dark spots on it. To dye clothes get some colors and put multiple rubber bands around a rolled up shirt.
After it has dye on it put it in a bag or somewhere that won't let the dyes leak. Then leave it overnight or for 6+ hours. You can then wash it and start wearing it.
12. Bleach Portions Of Your Clothes
You can dip entire items of clothing in bleach or you can use it like tie-dye. Roll your clothes up and rubber band it together You can use a dye bottle but with bleach.
You can also use a spray bottle or a squeeze bottle to also create interesting designs on your shirts. It can get a large area of your pants to create fun new clothes.
13. Make Bleach Stencils
With this one you have to be a bit more careful with the bleach and how much you put on. Use construction paper with a shiny and rough side.
Then cut out a stencil that you want on your pants, shirts, cotton socks, jackets, or other clothing items. Once the stencil is made put it shiny side up so when you pour the bleach it won't absorb into the paper.
You should also put a thick piece of fabric, paper, wood, or plastic between the shirts and things so the stencil doesn't get on the other side of the it.
When pouring the bleach you should either use a squeeze or spray bottle to apply it. Just pouring some bleach will get it everywhere, so be extra careful.
14. Use Fabric and Acrylic Paint
If you don't want to ruin your clothes with bleach then you can easily use Acrylic or fabric paint. It won't seep through the shirt and it stands out a lot more.
Both paints can be used in any way you want. You can create or buy your own stencils or just paint directly on the clothes. You'll just have to be careful when your washing your clothes.
15. Use Dye Patterns
Ombre patterns are a really popular trend in clothes today. It is time-consuming but the end result is worth it. Get an old white shirt (or other item), a bucket, and a lot of dye of one color.
Fill a bucket with water and place the clothing on the side. Put the shirt in to where you want the ombre to start. Then put in a 1/4 teaspoon of dye in there. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes and pick it up an inch.
Once it's brought up an inch, put in another 1/4 teaspoon of the dye. Keep doing this as you pull it up an inch each time. As the bucket of water gets darker in dye, so will the shirt.
By the end you'll have a cute shirt. If it isn't dark enough, start the process over again. Once you're happy let it sit for a few hours before washing it. Then it will be good to wear.
16. Use Random Stuff Around The House To Decorate Your Clothes
There are a lot of small items that can be glued to your old shirts, pants, cotton socks, and other random items. Small rhinestones, buttons, fabric straps, paper, pasta, really anything.
One great item to use is old CD's. All you need is one or two CD's to cut and paste onto your clothes. First boil some water and then put your CD's in it for a few minutes.
Once it's softened you can cut it in two and take the plastic covering off the CD then cut it into tiny triangular pieces. Once you've got a pile start super gluing them to the top of your shirt, down the side of your jeans, anywhere.
17. Add Fabric Cut-Outs To Your Shirt
You can wear your heart on your sleeve with some fabric cutouts. There are some jackets with patches on the elbows. Make sure the string you're using is the same as the fabric patches since those will be the stand out part.
You can also cut out other fabrics and sew them on your clothes. Add polka dots, hearts, squares, triangles, anything you want can be put on a piece of clothing to make it look new.
18. Put Any Image Onto Old Plain Clothes
You'll need a few items for this to work: An inkjet printer (or go somewhere with a printer), an iron, scissors, fabric transfer paper, and old clothes.
First find an image that you like and print it out big (or small) enough on the transfer paper to put on your old clothes. Before you print it on the transfer paper, use normal paper to make sure it looks right.
REMEMBER to print the image out backwards if there are words on it so when it's transferred you can still read it.
Then cut out the picture so there's no white halo around the image when it's transferred. Then heat your iron up and pass over your clothes a few times so the image will go on straight.
When you're ready place the image on the item wherever you want it to be placed. The iron the image for a certain time. An entire sheet of paper needs to be ironed for 3 minutes.
Allow it to cool for 2 minutes before you peel the backing of the transfer paper off. If the picture lifts then use the iron for another minute or so.
After it's transferred wait a day before putting it in the washing machine. Make sure to wash it inside out so the colors don't run after the image was added. Then you'll have a completely new shirt!
19. Make Two Shirts Into One
If you have two shirts you can interchange the sleeves or use one as scraps. To do this just cut out the sleeves and sew them back on another shirts.
If you're using one for scraps you can turn them into pockets on a shirt, patches for cotton socks, or extra fabric on your clothes. Each pair of clothes can be used as new fabric for more old clothes.
20. Dye Baths
Dye baths can be used to revamp your clothes as well as make them last longer. They'll look as good as new when you use a dye bath.
This is exactly like the ombre bath but it isn't as time consuming. Make sure you get the right color of dye and put then entire item in the mixed bucket of water and dye.
Leave it there for 5 minutes and leave it in a dry place for 6-8 hours before throwing it in the washing machine. It will make the clothes as good as new to be worn again and again.
Revamping Your Clothes
Sometimes your clothes need to be restyled. You can do a lot to make your look brand new without spending a lot of money.
These tips may not be for you but they can also give you something to do. If you have some old clothes that need to be revamped, then pick on of these fun tips!