Looking for your next at-home activity? Look no further than these design-centric DIY fashion ideas that won’t break the bank. If you’ve already mastered baking sourdough, completed your most puzzling of puzzles, or are simply looking to spark up your inner creativity, consider your weekend plans sorted.
It’s remarkable how a little TLC to unworn clothes or beat up sandals goes a long way with the help of patches and embellishments (and fabric glue too). Designing your own jewelry can also be a great form of escape according to designer Roxanne Assoulin, “It’s happy, healing, and mindless, and there’s no right or wrong way to put together beads as long as you're having a good time”. All you need is a little bit of prep, a few helpful tips, some patience, and the right materials. You may find you already have most of these items already at home. In case you don’t, we’ve rounded up everything you’ll need to give these design projects a try and a little bit of additional inspiration to help guide you too.
Here’s 7 stylish ways to design on a dime.
Make old clothing feel new again with the help of a few patches or some personalized embroidery. First you’ll need to source the items in your closet you want to patch up (sweaters, tees, or anything denim is a good place to start). Pick either iron or sew on patches, or if you’re looking for something more advanced, try your hand in letter embroidery with a little help from a kit from Wool and the Gang.
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The tie dye trend is back for another summer. Put a spin on plain white t-shirts or any other white items you can roundup, and give at-home tie-dying a try. If that tie dye sweatsuit or bike short you’ve been eyeing has gone out of stock you’re in luck, you can give those items a dye try yourself. We recommend working outside if you can as things can get pretty messy. Look to the spring runways and this tie dye guide for color and pattern inspiration. Don’t forget gloves and rubber bands!
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Relive the days of summer camp and create your own friendship necklaces and beaded bracelets right from home. Colorful threads, beachy baubles and shells, charms and beads are the perfect recipe for crafty, do it yourself summer style. Designing one with a positive message or smiley bead will be sure to boost your mood while you make (and wear) it, and would make for a cute thinking of you gift for friends and family during these times too. While designing your own pieces is supposed to be fun, don’t forget that it is also a “process and takes time” notes creative director Tessa Tran from Chan Luu, “don’t be afraid to take risks, mix things up, and have fun with it!”. Tran also suggests mastering a few basic skills before getting started like opening and closing jump rings and forming simple wire loops. She says mastering these techniques brings opportunity for endless designs.
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Sandal season is almost here. Spruce up a pair with a little help from fabric glue. Try wrapping and tying worn in bandanas around sandal straps, dot them with pearl or rhinestone embellishments, or trim them in eyelet lace or embroidered ribbons.
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Make Your Own Masks
Karlie Kloss, Paloma Elsesser, and Ashley Graham are all making their own masks at home. Whether it’s a pillow case, an old shirt, or even a dust bag from a pair of shoes or handbag, all you need is a hair tie or rubber band and the right folding technique. For those who wish to take their mask making one step further, look to Hilary Teymour of Collina Strada’s 5 step mask sewing guide.
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To Bead and Beyond
Break out the fabric scissors– it’s time to give your old t-shirts a makeover. For Sarah Staudinger, the mastermind behind the must-have bags and ready-to-wear brand Staud, exploring “ideas by hand at home” like fringing and beading shirts has been a fun and inspiring past time while working on her upcoming collection. Staudinger notes to first cut the bottom of your shirt into fringe strips (about half an inch), then wet them to make the edges curl. Grab a handful of your favorite beads, knot at the ends, et voila!
Originally Appeared on Vogue