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Pretty much everyone has a stack of worn, comfy t-shirts tucked away in the closet and since they are pretty cheap, the stack grows fast. We wear these oldies when doing work around the yard, cleaning our homes and other dirty chores but you can also use them to make all kinds of clever and crafty things…some useful, some fun. Here are a dozen different ways you can repurpose these old friends, most of the ideas are sewing projects but there are a few other techniques used too (and I’ll be adding more to this list as I come across new ideas).
Whether it be shibori or with bleach , warm weather brings out our utmost desire for tie dying – especially when it comes to bleaching as working outdoors for this project is a necessity. Inspired by Isabel Marant ‘s tie dyed sweatshirts , shirts and jeans , we grabbed our favorite denim shirt and a bottle of Clorox for one of our favorite summertime projects. You’ll need: a denim shirt bleach rubber bands rubber gloves plastic container
Do you remember the last time you Sharpie-d or embellished a pair of sneakers? For us, it had been far too long so when we saw Miu Miu ‘s latest glittery sneakers for fall, we were anxious to bling out our own pair using a pair of classic Vans as our canvas. But honestly, what fun is it unless you can DIY a pair too? Leave a comment and we’ll select a reader, at random, to choose their own pair of DIYable Vans .
I immediately did a double take after spotting this shirt with baubles stitched down the “ placket ,” which I just recently learned is the term used to describe the middle section of a button down shirt. Honestly?
Last summer, we were obsessed with shibori indigo tie dying . No, really . . . we just about dyed anything white in sight. So when Free People asked us to include a DIY in their guest blogger series , we knew a new tie dye project was absolutely in order. And as the weather is beginning to warm up, what better time than now to start experimenting with reverse tie dye using bleach! Black tees and tops: watch out!
Studding sneakers has been on our DIY to-do list for awhile now. But the idea of hand piercing hundreds of holes through thick canvas was daunting enough to allow such procrastination.
While perusing Pinterest one evening, I came across an intriguing tutorial on the wonderful art of needle felting . I had to learn more – especially after realizing it entailed repeatedly stabbing a needle up and down into a piece of fabric or sweater. A satisfying stress reliever that results in something wearable? Sign me up. And now that I can officially call myself a needle felting maven (and nerd), trust me when I say that you’re going to have a blast with this technique.
Personal style on a college budget can be a challenge.