Fun FASHION Customizing Ideas | Revamp Your Clothes, Bags, Shoes & More
Refashion Your Clothes & Accessories
If you don't want to pay for new clothes and accessories all the time, but you want your clothes to look fresh, new and unique, then why not add a handmade touch and revamp or embellish what you already have?
Below you will find websites and blogs full of super trendy ideas for customizing your clothes, painting your shoes, adding studs to bags, embellishing leggings, dip dyeing dresses and much more!
I hope you find this page fun and I hope the how-tos inspire you to get creative :-)
Introduction To Fashion Revamping
Ways to Update Your Wardrobe
With regard to clothes, there are a few ways of transforming them into fresh, new creations:
- Reconstruction: You can take an item of clothing apart completely at the seams and build something new from the pieces, or you can use the deconstructed pieces to re-make that item of clothing in another/a different fabric (if you particularly like the fit or style of it). You can also change one type of clothing into another, e.g. you can change a large man's shirt into a dress, or you could re-size it to fit yourself. If you have found a skirt that is made in a really cool material but it is far too big for you, you could also alter it to fit you perfectly. Old t-shirts or sweaters (especially if they have holes in or stains on) are ideal for cutting up and using as embellishments, or sewing together to make something else - such as a sweater skirt, or a t-shirt dress. Reconstruction usually entails at least a low level of sewing skill.
- Deconstruction: Scissors can cut the legs off jeans to make shorts, and can create all kinds of decorative slits and cuts in clothing. There are some really artistic ways to cut and manipulate t-shirts to make eye-catching designs, including skeleton images and fringing.
- Embellishing: This is the most popular method of revamping clothes, with possibilities including: printing paint patterns onto jeans, gluing on fabric flowers, sewing on ruffles and embroidering patterns.
With regard to non-clothing items such as bags and shoes, the usual way of updating them is to dye them another color or to embellish them, often by painting or drawing onto them. I hope you find plenty of project suggestions on this page to interest you :)
Fashion Craft Books
Books are an excellent purchase when first wanting to customize your clothes because they'll not only offer advice from experts, but they also combine great inspiration with detailed instruction:
Dual Color Cardi
Revamp Your Clothes
- T-Shirt Upcycling
Lots of tutorials on recycling old or plain shirts.
- Sweater Crafts
Turn your sweaters into a huge range of cozy things.
- Shredded T-Shirts
How to shred threads from a tee to make it fashionable.
- Puff Paint Designs
Draw on textured patterns using puff paint.
- Bottlecap Tie Dye
Instructions for dyeing a dress using a bottlecap method.
- Screen & Stencil Printing
Lots of techniques for printing clothing and fabric accessories.
- Union Jack Jeans Patch
You could patch up your denims or other clothes with any pattern you like.
- Lace Trim
How to add a lace trim to a plain cardigan.
- Cut-Out Shirt
Eye-catching idea that looks awesome!
Restyling Tutorials For Clothes & Accessories
- DIY Sunburst Jeans
Dye your denim by tie-dying using bleach.
- Lace Heart Back
Adding lace to the back of a plain tee adds interest.
- Animal Print Cardi
How to use fabric paint to create an animal print.
- Studded Bra Top
Cool rocker top which is easy to make.
- Lace-Backed Shirt
Take a regular shirt and transform it by replacing the back with lace.
- Spray Painted Tees
Create fun graphics with spray paint and stencils.
- Bleached Cut-Offs
Plain denim shorts into cool bleached shorts with an Aztec design.
- DIY Tuxedo With Tails
This gorgeous women's tuxedo reminds me of a circus ringmaster!
- Distressed Cut-Off Shorts
How to turn a pair of jeans into distressed denim shorts.
- Galaxy Top
Paint a fashionable space-themed pattern on a dark t-shirt.
- Crochet Side Seam
Add cute lace sides to an old t-shirt.
Cut-Off Cowboy Boots
Bag & Purse Making and Embellishing
- Purse Making Tutorials
How to sew beautiful purses from scratch - from beginner level to advanced.
- Tote, Messenger & Laptop Bags
Tutorials on creating fabulous bags from scratch, plus decorating how-tos.
- Rhinestone Clutch
DIY purse inspired by a Jimmy Choo design.
- DIY Burberry Inspired Clutch
Decorate a white clutch purse with pretty matching flowers.
- Jingle Bell Clutch
Get inspired by designer pieces and then create your own version.
- Painted Leather Bag
Use tape to stencil on a modern triangle design.
- Studded Zipper Pouch
A clever idea to spray paint the studs in pastel colors.
- Illustrated Tote Bag
Draw your own design onto a plain canvas shopping bag.
- Stenciled Tote Bag
Add a repeated design all over any plain bag.
- Vintage Lace Purse
Transform the look of your bag with lace and glue.
- Studded Leather Clutch
Use the butterfly clips in your stationery supply for this purse revamp.
How to Make a Lace Patterned T-Shirt
This really simple revamp idea uses lace as a ready-made stencil pattern for a t-shirt. You could use any type of see-through mesh fabric for this.
What You Will Need:
* Plain cotton t-shirt in a light color, preferably white.
* Enough lace fabric to cover the t-shirt (approx. 1 yard)
* Black spray paint; any regular spray paint would work, but it might be best to choose one specifically designed to spray fabric.
* Spray adhesive; this is commonly used in sewing crafts.
* Scrap paper and a large flat work surface
I would advise doing this craft on a paper-covered table outdoors rather than indoors, so that there is good ventilation and you don't get spray paint on furniture or carpet accidentally.
- First, lay your t-shirt out flat on the table and cut out a piece of lace big enough to cover the t-shirt. You could cut separate pieces for the main body of the t-shirt and for each sleeve if you want the design to be a bit more in-line with the angle of the sleeves (this is just personal preference).
- Flip the t-shirt-shaped lace piece(s) over onto some scrap sheets of paper, and put the t-shirt to one side.
- Make sure the lace is flat and then spray it all over with spray adhesive.
- On some separate scrap paper, lay your t-shirt flat again, making sure there are no creases in it.
- Carefully flip your lace piece(s) over and put it into the original position on the t-shirt, so that they are now temporarily stuck together.
- Spray paint evenly over the whole of the lace, following any guidelines on the paint packaging.
- Peel the lace off the t-shirt and leave to dry.
- Repeat on the back of the shirt.
Note: With regard to washing, it would be best to wash the shirt inside out and on a low heat (on its own for the first wash). Hang dry rather than putting it in the dryer.
Lace & Fabric Spray Paints
If you don't want to use lace as your stencil, you can make your own cut-out designs using contact paper. Here are some of the supplies:
Pearl Embellished Collar
Fun Shoe Decorating DIYs
- Shoe Tie
Adorable little fabric tie decoration.
- Reline Your Converses
How to change your uppers to some cool new fabric.
- 7 Shoe Makeovers
Including adding a knitted collar, and drawing a 'wingtips' pattern on them.
- Comic Decoupage Shoes
Glue on comic book pages to create some funky shoes.
- Flying Shoes
How to add some snazzy golden wings.
- Missoni Shoes
Create a Missoni inspired zig-zag pattern.
- Super Mario Heels
Amazing idea for painting your own geeky shoes.
- Beaded Cowboy Boots
I love the turquoise against the brown on these.
- Fabric Decoupage
How to add fabric panels onto boots using Mod Podge.
- Elastic Shoes
Add wide elastic to your Converses or trainers.
- Lace Borders
Glue on lace ruffles for a sophisticated look.
- High Heel Shoelaces
Add super long laces to your high heels.
- DIY Fringe Wedges
Add a leather fringe to your shoes for a fun and flirty embellishment.
- Dyeing Suede Shoes
Get brilliant results from dyeing dull suede shoes.
- Under-Lace Fringe
Make a removable shoe fringe in leather or vinyl.
- Kitty Ballet Flats
Add leather ears and paint on a cute cat face.
Men's Shirt Refashion
More Fashion Ideas (non-crafty)
- Nails, Hair & Make-Up
I love the nail design tutorials on this website.
- Shoelace Patterns
36 different ways to tie your shoelaces.
- Eyeshadow Nail Polish
Interesting idea for creating unique matte polish.
- Ribbon Feet
Simply tie ribbon around your feet for a cute embellishment.
- Skull Tights
No sewing or tools required - just rip a cool skull design.
Dolce & Gabbana Inspired Shoes
Cool Upcycling Tutorials
- Knee Patch Tights
A different take on the normal elbow patch idea.
- DIY Dip Dye
Have a look around the rest of this site too for more DIYs.
- Patchwork Sweater Cape
Slouchy, baggy and awesome!
- Polka Dot Tights
Really easy idea for making plain white tights interesting.
- DIY Cowl Scarf
Transform a square vintage scarf into a cowl style accessory.
- Ombre Ballet Flats
How to dip dye your plain flats.
Cool Shredded Tank Top
Painted Chevron Tote Bag
Other Fashion Makes
- Make Your Own Jewellery
Loads of costume jewellery instructions, including charm, wire and beaded styles.
- Striped Umbrella
Paint white stripes to transform a black umbrella.
- Sherpa Boots
Make your own winter slippers from microsuede and fluffy fabric.
- DIY Skinny Ties
Refashion traditional ties into skinny ties.
- Leather Viking Shoes
Amazing ballet style shoes made of brown leather.
- Peter Pan Collar
Make your own detachable collar accessory.
- Homemade Leggings
Make your own leggings/tights by sewing stretchy fabric.
- Pillowcase Tote
Create a no-sew tote bag from pillowcases and paint.
Photo and dress by The Half House - Click here for before & after photos.
Find a fabric dying tutorial here.
Creative How-Tos & Ideas
- Polka Dot Jeans
Use a pencil to create white paint spots.
- Painted Landscape
Unique idea for painting a watercolor style picture onto a dress.
- Bedazzled Tights
How to hot glue sequins and beads onto plain nylons.
- Tri-Colored Tie Dye Jeans
Paint 3 different liquid dyes onto your white jeans for an awesome effect.
- Cut-Out Heart Shirt
Cheeky peek-a-boo heart on the front of a buttoned shirt.
- Tie-Back Dress
Ditch buttons for adorable tie-backs.
- Fashionable Fox Dress
Stitch a cute fox design on your dress, shirt or other garment.
- Chanel-Inspired Studded Top
Beautiful scattering of studs which have been painted with nail polish.
- Hand-Stamped Pony Dress
Make a foam stamp in any simple design you like.
- DIY Shibori T-Shirts
This style of tie-dye has become very popular recently.
- Varsity Letter Sweatshirt
Don't let it put you off that this tutorial uses a machine for the cutting - you can just use scissors!
Sewing Machine, Handy Tools & Embellishments
Either a sewing machine or a collection of needles will allow you to sew 'til your hearts content, and I've also listed pretty lace trim and super-helpful items like fabric scissors and a fabric marking pen, to make your DIYs much easier:
Collections of Awesome How-Tos
- Honestly WTF
My favourite range of ideas, which includes Peter Pan collars and beaded shirts.
- P.S. I Made This
Huge range of projects including painted bags and sun hats.
- Park & Cube
Fashionable DIYs such as a mohair shawl and some fab beaded tights.
- Studs and Pearls
Excellent tutorials on embellishing bags, dyeing clothes and much more.
- Love Maegan
Lots of tutorials, with some especially cool shoe decoration ideas.
- Between The Lines
Pretty tutorials for lots of fashion, bags and creations for the home.
- All The Good Girls Go To Heaven
Amazing selection of ideas including a sequin bird dress and a studded jacket.
- Stars For Streetlights
How-tos include feather extensions and scarf camera strap.
- Style Gawker
A constantly updated selection of inspiration from around the web.