One of the best ways to keep your bank balance and to save the environment is by up-cycling old garments. If you want to know how to give a new life to your vintage outfits, here are the best things to do.
1. Concern On The Shirt Collars
Jazz up a vintage collar by adding gems, sequins, buttons or whatever you think will look good. This is a clever trick if it’s an old shirt that has accumulated a few stains over the years. To do this all you need is a tube of no-sew fabric glue and your chosen additions. If you want something less permanent then opt for a brooch pin. They are super cheap and can be found in any vintage shop or flea market.
2. Use Lace
Do you think that there are many stylish dresses or tops at the flea market, but too small for you? If so, buy the dress and add extra length. To do so, you can sew lace to the bottom. This will make the clothes are wearable.
So you don’t have to worry about bumping into someone who is wearing the same outfit as you!
3. Polka dot jeans
This is a cute, stylish, and easy-to-do project at home. What you should do is to find the large circular flat top paint brush. Otherwise, use an old makeup brush. After that, the hold of some acrylic craft paint based on your favorite color, we recommend white. Continue by pressing the bush onto the jeans with the consistent pattern. It does not a big deal if you cannot go with polka dots. You can try a star or heart pattern, too.
4. Tote Bag From Old Band T-Shirt
Can’t bear to throw away your old band t-shirt? With a little bit of stitching, you can turn to transform it into a stylish tote bag. This way you can still show off to everyone who your all-time favorite band is. Search online for a helpful tutorial. All you really need to do is cut the material accordingly, sew the seams together and add the handle. Totes simple!
Why do we recommend this method? Well, of course, it is not as difficult as you thought. This project is easy to do and best of all, it is full of fun.
Firstly decide on how many colors you will use, then buy the fabric dyes and a tub for each one. Tie the garment into sections with elastic bands. Some people choose to use marbles for a funky effect. Dip sections into the tubs, making it as bright or plain as you wish. Tip: add salt to the dye for extra color intensity.
6. DIY Scraft From Unused Jumpers
Tired of your jumpers and scarves? Transform old jumpers into a brand new scarf. You can find fantastic video tutorials online that will guide you through each step. Choose a few old jumpers that are all relatively the same weight and material. Cut them all into even rectangles and use a sewing machine to stitch them together. Make sure to use a jumper with a thick rib to use as the end of the scarf.
7. The Unworn Vest Into A Fringe Vest
Add the boho touch to your outfit in a minute by using an old vest. It is good to choose one with no loud prints. Use a pair of scissors and then cut the vertical lines upwards for two centimeters apart from each other. Make the cuts as long or short as you wish. It might be a good idea to lightly draw the lines on the material first to make sure that it stays even.
8. Sew Patches
If you think that your jeans and jackets look boring and lifeless, it is important to add a few stitches to give a brand new look.
Find funky patches in flea markets to sew onto your tired denim. Choose from cute slogans, animals or a retro smiley face. If you’re feeling extra creative, you could even make your own patch!