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Social Distancing Activities: Altering Old Clothes DIY Style

You’ve been wearing sweatpants and baggy shirts, maybe jeans if you’re feeling really adventurous.

You’re sick of wearing the same old clothes, but there’s no reason to go shopping since you never leave the house anyway. So, what do you do? Do you grin and bear it, or do you find a way to jazz up your wardrobe by going DIY? The second one, of course!

Create a whole new wardrobe with the clothes you already have in your closet! Check out these easy ways to spice up your old clothes:

Add Fabric Patches to Jeans

Thread and fabric

Holes in jeans might be all the rage right now, but some aren’t there intentionally. If you have any jeans that are old and beginning to fall apart, instead of just sewing them back together, you can add an artistic touch by patching them with bits of fabric in different colors and patterns. And don’t worry about the stitching if you’re not a pro, because even a simple stitch using thread in a contrasting color will provide a unique look!

...or Distress Them Yourself

Distressed jeans

Now that you know how to patch up pants with holes, you can safely add some yourself! Distressing jeans is relatively simple. All you need is sandpaper, a razor, or even a cheese grater! Decide where you want to add the distressing, and go to town! Start off with a small patch to get the hang of it, then try out a few different techniques to get different looks.

Think Outside the Box with Tie-dye

Tie dye

Tie-dye has been making a huge comeback! If you’re thinking hippie tees with wild and bold tie-dye patterns, think again. There are all sorts of ways to make tie-dye unique, from using darker colors to adding it to shirts with existing patterns. You can find a plethora of tie-dye techniques online, many of which will teach you how to make a particular pattern. Mix up the color combos to create your perfect palette. The possibilities are endless!

Crop Your Baggy Tees

Woman wearing crop top

With high waisted everything still trending strong, crop tops are a no-brainer. If you have some slightly baggy tees that you're thinking of getting rid of, turn them into crop tops! You don't need to necessarily use a baggy top, but it'll be the easiest to DIY. Simply try on your shirt, and mark where you'd like to crop the shirt. Take your trusty pair of scissors and chop chop!

Turn Long Sleeves into Tank Tops

Tank tops

As the weather heats up, you might find that you have long sleeve shirts that are ready to be retired. If you can salvage them by turning them into tees or tank tops, go for it! You can also alter the neckline relatively easily, and there are several methods that are no-sew if you’re not gifted with a needle and thread. For an extremely easy DIY, cut large half circles out of the sleeves to create the classic muscle tee – perfect for those incredibly hot summer days!

Flare out Your Jeans

Pile of jeans

If you made some tie-dye shirts, then you can also create flared jeans for a truly 60s look! The easiest way to do this is to cut the side seams of a pair of jeans that fit you well and add in a triangle of fabric from a different pair. You can try to match the denim shade, but you definitely don’t have to. Another alternative is to add a strip of fabric in a fun color in place of denim. You could even extend the fabric all the way up the side of the jeans, which will make the legs wider, so you might want to save this for a pair of jeans that are too tight.

You don’t have to be good at sewing to alter your clothes, and you don’t even need many supplies.

Sewing tools and accessories

The point of the process is to have fun and exercise your creativity, and if you get some cute clothing out of the process then it's all the better! There are many more DIY projects on the internet to spice up your wardrobe, ranging from beginner to expert level. Since we're going to be in quarantine for a while, why not try them all?

Do you have a favorite way to DIY your old clothes? Share it in the comments below!

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