The sand and sun are waiting for you dear, so prepare with this easy upcycled diy shorts project. When upcycling clothes, sometimes simple is amazing. There's no need for creating something that is overly decorated. A few ingredients and a few pleasant steps are all it takes to upcycle jeans into trendy and creative DIY shorts. In a previous post featuring nautical striped DIY shorts, I showed you how to use tape to create bleach stripes. For this idea, I decided to skip that step and inspire you to create imperfect or distressed stripes using only bleach, fabric dye, and a rectangle sponge brush. I like to keep frequently needed upcycling supplies on hand for quick “creativity breaks”. Finding time for small expressions of creativity is essential for keeping my ADD brain focused. Squirrel!
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Tribal Pattern Upcycled Shorts
Welcome, thanks for popping in :) Here are two of my latest upcycling projects using thrifted high waisted jeans. First things first- choose the right fit! I prefer a rise that comes up to the navel but not over it. Pants that are not super tight on the thighs are important because these will be short. Short + super tight can get skanky real quick. Next get a nice worn in pair with some stretch, they will be oh-so-comfortable.
1. Cut legs leaving a 2 inch inseam. You can always cuff them or cut them more.
2. Dip the bottom in a mixture of 3 parts water, 1 part bleach. I left these for a few hours bc I wanted the ends very light.
3. Add various cuts and abrasions wherever you want them. I like to use a serrated edge knife and a small wire brush.
4. Wash and dry the shorts to remove the bleach and fray the hem.
5. Draw a pattern on the pocket, I just chose random shapes to make a tribal pattern.
6. Stitch the pattern with colored embroidery floss.
Nautical Stripe Upcycled Shorts
1. Cut legs leaving a 2 inch inseam. You can always cuff them or cut them more.
2. Add round antique gold studs to the pocket.
3. Add 3 stripes across the front with duct tape.
4. Spray diluted bleach onto the front of the shorts.
5. Keep flat during lightening. Some bleach may pool and drip which is fine and creates a cool variation of color.
6. Remove tape, wash and dry.
7. Distress shorts where the fabric is lightest, it will be easy to fray.
Boot socks are a hot winter fashion trend, they keep your feet warm and your legs looking chic. Here are three of my favorite upcycling ideas to inspire your next DIY project. Ruffled boot socks can add a touch of feminine flair to a masculine pair of boots which is why these cozy upcycled beauties ranked highest on my list.
Several of the upcycling projects I found restyled the sleeves from old sweaters to create the boot socks. What a clever and cute way to reuse those sweaters you no longer wear! I will be trying out my own version of these DIY inspirations so check back for pics. If you find other great DIY projects please share in the comment section!
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Looking for a DIY sweater project? Well me too! In my search to find great upcycling ideas for sweaters, I found lots of wacky patchwork sweater cardigans but few really wearable options. This tutorial is a wonderfully refreshing break from more costumey sweater refashions. It will be cool again before you know it so now is the time to start planning your DIY must-dos for Fall.
All you need to complete this project is a thrifted hoodie sweater, scissors and a sewing machine. Simply cut as the author shows and sew up the edges, easy as pumpkin pie! (I don't bake but I THINK pumpkin pie is easy...) I have a great collection of upcycled sweaters coming soon, so check out civilianstyle.net to shop! Do you have a great upcycling tutorial? Please comment with a link to your blog and share your creativity. Have a great week!
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In my search to find the best clothing upcycling ideas I have come accross some amazing DIY projects by some amazing women. I especially love super easy upcycling tutorials that result in great gift ideas! Men's dress shirts are especially popular items to transform into something really cool, and so far, my favorite upcycling project for a man's shirt is the wine bottle gift bag. I started seeing these for sale on Etsy and thought it was such a clever idea! Check out how easy this is below.....
Honestly, you can figure this one out just by looking at the pictures. It is sooo easy! You simply cut off the sleeve, sew the arm closed and lay the seam flat. Secure the cuff with cool cuff link, an altered tie, or a piece of ribbon and voila! A reusable, creative and masculine way to package that gift bottle of Pinot. If you want more detailed instructions visit craftcravings.com for DIY and upcycling ideas.
Welcome to this beautiful new week, I have a fabulous DIY fashion idea for you: a flower crown. I started seeing more and more of these popping up after Coachella this year and what was last years crazy hippie girl style is this summer's hottest fashion trend for everyone. Whether you choose to use faux or real flowers, this DIY tutorial by Blue Bird Vintage will show you how to get started. The result of this project is a pretty large half crown version but you can adjust yours to be more or less full. Happy arranging ladies! For more indie style accessories visit the Civilian Style Indie Vintage Boutique :)
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TGIF! To round up this very productive week , I want to share with you my new favorite no sew DIY t shirt upcycling idea: the chevron tee. Take one look at my modern vintage boutique website background and you will see I LOVE the chevron fashion trend and think it goes very well with the Civilian Style name considering it comes from a military background, like me (believe it or not). But I digress....chevrons are obviously a huge fashion trend for 2013 and you can be thrifty and in-style by creating your own one of a kind chevron tee. This super easy DIY tutorial will show you how to make a feminine women's one shoulder style with a painted chevron although this upcyling idea could work for a men's or kid's shirt as well. Heck you could even use this chevron technique on a canvas tote or cute apron! I seriously want to put one on everything :) T shirt DIY projects are so popular because just about everyone has a pile of t shirts lying around (maybe I will wear it as a nightgown?). Also, you can find vintage tees at thrift stores for a buck, and you can't beat a $1 makeover. Jersey t shirt fabric also performs well when left with a raw unhemmed edge, which makes upcycling a breeze. Ok enough pep talk, check out this DIY tutorial by Anne Hollabaugh for the I Love to Create Blog and get to creating! I hope you have a blessed and perfect weekend.
Hello and thank you for joining me on this fine day! I really appreciate your time and I hope this super easy upcycling tutorial may put a little pep in your step this Monday and hopefully inspire you to conquer a creative DIY this week! If you enjoy this DIY fashion blog please share with your crafty friends and join Civilian Style on Facebook to stay caught up on awesome upcycling ideas and opportunities to purchase one of a kind upcycled clothing.
This tank top repurpose was designed to be a toddler bag which is a great and creative idea but I think these simple bags could be fabulous super green grocery bags, gift bags for an eco-friendly way to package a present, or even a cute little purse for the weekend. With just 4 steps and 2 stitches, this upcycling project is one of the easiest I have seen and can save an old tank from hitting the trash can! Visit Needle and Nest Design for step by step instructions.
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Hello gorgeous! When I am looking for DIY fashion inspiration, or upcycling clothing ideas, I look to Pinterest (duh :). I stumbled upon this sweet little thrift store make over and just had to share! A peplum top is a modern day version of a popular 50s sillhouette and Viktoria shows us how to upcycle a darling peplum top from a plain shell. The result is oh-so-cute! This shape is ultra flattering, can help to hide a tummy, and creates a feminine hourglass curve. She pairs it with a belt and I totally agree! This tutorial will require some sewing skill so if you need a little help, check out the sewing class below from Craftsy. Have a great Friday everyone!!
Here is the link to this By Viktoria upcycling tutorial.
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The slave bracelet trend is spreading like wildfire and fashionistas everywhere are embracing this bohemian style. While these modern vintage hand embellishments are available at some ahead-of-the-game retailers, you can be trendy, thrifty and truly unique if you make your own! For this slave bracelet bracelet DIY, I used parts bought at Hobby Lobby mixed with old chains from a vintage necklace. I chose antique gold because it matched the vintage parts and because this finish enhances the bohemian feel. The result is a $4 beauty that is one of a kind! All you need are chains, small rings, lobster clasps or some other closure and needle nose pliers (with cutting edge). I like to keep these supplies on hand so I can always quickly upcycle jewelry that is broken or get creative with a vintage piece on the fly. If you want an embellishment for the top of your hand like mine, you will also need a pendant or bead of some sort that you can attach from 3 angles. One side will connect to the ring chain and one for each side of your wrist chain. I found it hard to find pendants I could attach this way which were also flat. I ended up going with a flat gold square medallion piece because it could be attached from several angles. You may have to adjust your measurements based on the size of your wrist but to help get you started, mine are diagrammed in the picture below.
You will want this to fit securely so the ring chain will not dangle down, but you also need to make sure you can make a fist and close your hand without stressing the chains too much. This is a super easy DIY jewelry project and can probably be made with supplies you have on hand. I bet you have a pile of old necklaces and bracelets just begging to be transformed. Come on...I can't be alone in my addiction to vintage jewelry and saving broken accessories!
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This DIY fashion project involves a denim chambray top which is a must have for any wardrobe! Upcycling this vintage denim button up was done using nothing more than scissors, bleach, sandpaper, new buttons, needle and thread, and of course..time. First, I gave it a trendy high-low hemline to modernize the look. Next, I measured and cut out the shoulders to add a flirty touch. I cut the tips of the collar and top of the pocket off for more fun detail. Next, I carefully painted on diluted bleach with a paintbrush (a bleach pen would work too!). I bleached out the bottom hem, the shoulder openings, the pocket and the collar tips. I used coarse sandpaper to rough up all the bleached edges to give it this upcycled vintage shirt a distressed, bohemian style. Finally, I made it great for summer 2013 by replacing the old buttons (and a missing one) with some awesome nautical anchor buttons. Voila, the perfect summer shirt that will coordinate with this season's bright colored and patterned bottoms! To purchase this shirt and more modern vintage upcycled clothing, visit the Civilian Style Boutique @ CivilianStyle.net or check out Civilian Style on Etsy.
I just scored a ton of great vintage dresses, tops, skirts and even a romper! I have had a lot of inspiration and upcycling ideas lately and these pieces will give me lots to work with. Stay tuned for upcycling clothing projects and even vintage pieces for sale at the Civilian Style Boutique at civilianstyle.net.
Upcycling this vintage Willie Nelson concert t-shirt was an easy way to create a sweet braided racerback tank top. I used a rotary cutter to get clean edges and then cut off the sleeves, the neck and the bottom hem. If you are planning to sell upcycled clothes, attention to detail will make them look a bit more professional. This is why I also measure and mark my cuts with a washable pencil. Next, make 3 cuts in the back: 1 horizontal and then 2 evenly spaced vertically. Braid the vertical strips created with the cuts and then attach the braid with a sewing machine to give it lots of strength. You can use a leftover strip of fabric to cover the stitch connecting the braid to the top. I added a little pop of detail and color to this vintage tee by hand sewing some large stitches with red embroidery thread. Voila! A perfect little tank with a bit of musical attitude :)
Oxblood is a dark reddish brown color and is typically used to desribe a shade of leather. This color is being forcasted as a trend for Fall 2012 and this rich autumnal hue is versatile and expensive looking. It can be worn with browns, creams, black and navy. For an extra seasonal color punch, pair oxblood with mustard or pumpkin. For a cheap way to incorporate this trend into your current wardobe, shop for vintage items in this tone. You can find lots of options in your local thrift store, vintage clothing stores and online. An idea for upcycling clothing is to take a dark brown article and dye it dark red, or maroon. The brown and maroon shades mixed together will give you a similar effect. Adding leather details to a garment of clothing is another 2012 Fall trend and it is easy to combine the two trends by purchasing a cheap vintage leather item in oxblood and upcycle it by cutting pieces and adding it to clothing. There are lots of ideas online , including leather pockets, leather elbow patches etc. Rocking this trend with vintage items, or upcycling clothes you already have to include oxblood will have you looking up-to-the-minute without breaking the bank.
Bright, colorful denim is blooming as a summer 2012 fashion trend and you can use this idea to upcycle jeans you already have! Skinny jeans are my favorite for bold colors and this year, neon skinny jeans will make a big appearance. Fabric dye is cheap and can be found at your local craft store and online. The Rit dye website has some really great upcycling ideas and they offer a color guide you can use to make up to 500 different shades.
When dying anything, make sure you follow the package directions carefully and test a small piece of the fabric beforehand. Denim should dye easily due to the cotton content, just be sure to wash them separately or dry clean them after wearing.
If you want a new version of this brightening fashion trend, check out Alloy, they have several colors of neon skinny jeans and inseams up to 37 inches for the tall chicks. The pics below are from the company's website and can help give you inspiration to up cycle your predictable faded blue denim into something fabulous. Another tip: If you have white jeans that are stained or yellowing, adding a pop of color can give them a whole new life!
Thrift stores and vintage clothing shops are full of great blouses that can be had on the cheap. Here is a super easy way to give new life to a vintage shirt. Or..shop your closet and refresh that top you never wear anymore!
First, turn your top inside out and then find the center line on the back by measuring halfway across and marking with a fabric pencil. Cut the shirt down the center of the back. Fold over and pin each edge 3/4 of an inch. Sew a straight stitch down each edge, trim everything up nice. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can also use some ol' stitch witchery to tack down the seams.
I bought these pre-made bows from hobby lobby, there are different colors and you can just sew them on with a needle and thread. I spaced these out 3.5 inches but you can space them however you like. I like to leave the bottom open just a bit. This will create a chic little upcycled blouse that can easily transition from day to night! Upcycling clothing is good for the environment and is an inexpensive way spice up your wardrobe . You can also make money by selling upcycled clothes- see my Fashion Business Ideas page for quick biz tips.
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If you are like me, you have a ton of broken costume jewelry laying around. A clasp breaks, you lose an earring (I swear they're like socks) or you just don't like a piece anymore. Instead of leaving those treasures in a mangled mess destined for the trash can, upcycle them!! Some tools to keep on hand are a pair of jewelry pliers or sturdy tweezers, some gem glue, some beading wire, and a little outside of the (jewelry) box thinking. For the necklace below I used a broken chain, a vintage wooden bead and some feathers. Upcycling clothing and jewelry is not difficult and you can have a one of a kind item to show off! I have a few of my vintage jewelry finds on Copious, please check out my listings:)
If you are just getting started with upcycling clothing, an old tee shirt is a great place to start. Here are just a few easy ideas for recycling your favorite tee or a sweet little vintage number...
Embellish it baby! This is a broad suggestion, but my advice is to play around with different materials. Practice everything on an old piece of fabric or piece of clothing first!
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