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Fun FASHION Customizing Ideas | Revamp Your Clothes, Bags, Shoes & More

Updated on February 18, 2016

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 :-)

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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

You can sew lots of your current clothes together to create brand new items - such as this cardigan made from 2 cardis of different colors.
You can sew lots of your current clothes together to create brand new items - such as this cardigan made from 2 cardis of different colors. | Source

Potato Printing

Cut-Off Cowboy Boots


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.

* Scissors

* 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.

- Finished!

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


Men's Shirt Refashion


Belt Embellishments


Dolce & Gabbana Inspired Shoes

The best thing about altering your own clothes and shoes is that you can recreate your favorite designer style for much, much less money!
The best thing about altering your own clothes and shoes is that you can recreate your favorite designer style for much, much less money! | Source

Doodle Converses


Cool Shredded Tank Top

shredded-tank-top | Source

Painted Chevron Tote Bag


Dyed Clothing

Photo and dress by The Half House - Click here for before & after photos.

Find a fabric dying tutorial here.

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:

Painted Dress


Summer Sandals Refashion


Fashion DIY Demos on YouTube

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    • teelover profile image


      4 years ago

      Great tips and lens!

    • wellingtonboot profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from U.K.

      @justmelucy: Hi, you'll need fabric/canvas type shoes and you can use fabric dyes/fabric markers/acrylic paints, and you can spray clear varnish over paint to protect it a bit more if you wish. Thanks for visiting :)

    • justmelucy profile image


      4 years ago

      What kind of paint or dye do I need to paint shoes and boots?

    • justmelucy profile image


      4 years ago

      Great lens. It gave me a boost of creativity. Thank you for the inspiration.

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

      loved the tips!

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      5 years ago

      I really love your lens. Please check mine out.

    • Mary Stephenson profile image

      Mary Stephenson 

      5 years ago from California

      Turned a couple of outdated jumpsuits into a couple of really cool tops.

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      5 years ago


    • oomiloo-clothing profile image


      6 years ago

      great lens....

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      6 years ago

      thanks for sharing, got some great stuff!

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      6 years ago

      I LOVE fashion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing.

    • Stacy Birch profile image

      Stacy Birch 

      6 years ago

      Awesome stuff.

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      6 years ago

      Very informative

    • fathomblueEG profile image


      6 years ago

      Trendy retro and cool lens here:-)

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      6 years ago

      Awesome! keep it up! :)

    • Mercedes Flores profile image

      Mercedes Flores 

      6 years ago

      so many great ideas, thank you!

    • rosie21 profile image


      6 years ago

      i love this kind of lenses they are so creative. I'm thinking of doing one myself, but right now i'm just sticking to the one right now.

    • PopcornThomas profile image


      6 years ago

      All of the ideas are very cute! You should check out my lens "Make Your Own Saddle Shoes"!


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