Last Updated on May 4, 2021
I have to say, I normally get very intimidated when it comes to projects that involve sewing. I tend to steer away from them, but after my hunt for different ways to customize your clothes, I am really quite inspired! Most of these are very easy, in fact, a lot of them don't even require a needle or thread; just a few creative folds, knots, and cuts. I'm anxious to go through my closet and see what I can make out of some of my old things. My husband may also be missing a few shirts once I'm done, but I doubt he'll notice. Maybe you'll find inspiration with these clever ways to refashion your clothes.
1. The 8 Second Shirt To Skirt
You won't believe how easy this is! Now you can use those long sleeve winter tops during the summer as a cute skirt with a bow. It really is quite flattering, too!
2. Add Lace To Your Cut-Offs
This easy sewing project adds a feminine and unique touch to just about any pair of jean shorts. Bonus: You can slightly alter the shorts in the process to make them a bit larger in the thigh area if needed.
3. Add Lace Sleeves To A Tank Top
With a little bit of lace trim and your handy needle and thread, you can turn a basic spaghetti strap tank into a stylish lace top. No sewing machine required!
4. Men's Dress Shirt Apron
Isn't she adorable?! I love the vintage feel of this apron made from a men's dress shirt. It's easier than it looks, too. I'm sorry to all of the husbands and boyfriends who are now missing one or more of their long sleeve collared shirts. Just know that it went to good use!
5. DIY Elbow Patches
I've seen this done a few ways, but a heart elbow patch is probably my favorite. You could do this with just about any fabric, even lace! It certainly adds character to an otherwise boring cardigan or sweater.
6. Scarf Turned Racerback
That's right, no sewing! With just a few clever folds and knots you can turn any large scarf into a cute little racerback vest. This would be cute over a tank to add a little personality and coverage.
7. The Five Minute Draped Vest
I love the back on this one just as much as the front! This is something I would wear quite often over a tank in the summer. It provides the right amount of coverage while still showing off those arms. You could even use a printed t-shirt to create something a little more fun and unique.
8. No-Sew Crop Top
It doesn't get much easier than this! You can wear it over your sports bra at the gym, swimsuit at the beach, or layer it over a fitted tank top for everyday wear. And, customize it however you'd like by making the cut-outs as big or as small as you are comfortable showing. Same goes for the length; you could even skip step 3 for a longer tank.
9. DIY Lace Inset Jeans
Have a rip or tear in your jeans? Patch it up with lace! Or, to get this look, use scissors to create a horizontal rip. There's very little sewing required, and instead of using a sewing machine, you could even create a sewing pattern by hand that would look really nice with the lace.
10. Turn Boot Cut Jeans Into Skinny Jeans
This one requires a sewing machine and little bit of skill, but it might just turn those boot cut jeans that you never wear into your new favorite pair. I have a stack of boot cut jeans just like this in my closet that I could use this for! The zipper is a nice touch, too.
11. DIY Lace Insert
You can update just about any shirt with this method! And, guess what? There's no sewing required for this one. You can make your cut-out in just about any shape (I'm thinking a heart or star), and then use hem tape to secure the lace to the inside of your shirt.
12. DIY Swimsuit Coverup From A T-Shirt
This reminds me of the swimsuit covers I bought from Victoria's Secret this year, only this would cost very little and you can completely customize it! You're mostly going to do a lot of cutting, and then just a little hand sewing to attach it back together.
13. DIY Studded Ombre Denim
Hard to believe that's even the same shirt! The makeover on this one is stunning. Because the sleeves are already hemmed at the shoulders, there's no sewing needed. And, the ombre effect was created with just plain old bleach! This is the first time I think I've ever wanted to go clothes shopping at a thrift store.
14. DIY T-Shirt Maxidress
Am I the only one that get's those tiny little holes in the bottom of all of my t-shirts and tanks? I think it's from rubbing up against the button of my jeans or something. I have yet to figure that out, but I really like this project for all of my great fitting tees that are no longer wearable because of my unfortunate hole problem. And, the skirt portion can be made from large men's shirts; pick them up at a thrift store for just pennies!
15. DIY Cut Out Back
An easy and fun way to refashion one of your t-shirts! Wear it over a tank top, or even as a swimsuit cover. There's no hemming required, just a needle and thread to created bows for each sliced section.
16. Add A Zipper
Not only does it add personality to just about any top, but it can also be functional; especially for a tight shirt that is hard to get on and off. I like the idea of placing a zipper on the back of the neckline.
17. DIY Shirt Expand
What a great way to expand a shirt or tank top into a loose fitting shirt for layering! Just cut off the sides and sew on a crochet trim. I have so many shirts I could do this with. You could also make it sleeveless and only sew on sides for the lower portion (with lace or other fabric, too), leaving a gap for the arm holes.
18. Refashion An Old T-Shirt
You could literally create an entirely new wardrobe without doing any shopping at all! Turn an old t-shirt into a cute top for summer with a few simple careful cuts. I'm digging the rocker vibe on this one, too.