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35 Refashion Ideas To Try in 2017

We’ve all seen the incredible refashion ideas on Pinterest, but which ones can we actually do for ourselves?

While some ideas are best left to the creative pros, here are 35 of the best refashion ideas of Pinterest that anyone can do. Most require no sewing and every single one takes no pattern, special skills, or expensive design degree. Re-make the closet you already have with these tutorials to refashion your shirts, pants, shoes, purses, and more. Click an image below to be redirected to the full DIY.

Refashion T-Shirts Into A Summer Dress

You can never have too many comfy, casual summer dresses right? In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to refashion t-shirts into a dress for the warm weather ahead! This dress is the perfect casual dress or even a swimsuit cover-up. It’s just as comfortable as your basic t-shirt, can be worn with a regular bra, and can even be completed in an hour if you use a sewing machine or 15 minutes without. I’ll walk you through both options. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL TUTORIAL.

Tshirt refashion into this sexy summer dress...

Make Your Own Pearl Accent Jeans

Pearl Accent Jeans are all over fashion blogs lately and make for such a cute update on basic denim. I love how the neutral pearl beads coordinate with almost anything and are incredibly easy to style. The only problem (like so many trends) is the high price tag that goes along with it. Rest assured, I’ve got you covered. In less than 20 minutes you can give your old jeans an updated look and you can rock the trend for a fraction of the price! SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

Make A Ruffle Shirt From A Baggy T-Shirt

 This tutorial is a more feminine, pretty take on your basic t-shirt refashion. Is it just me or often, do t-shirt refashions start to look a little unfinished and sloppy? With this DIY, I’ll walk you through each step to create a polished, more finished look you’ll be excited to wear every day. GET THE TUTORIAL HERE.

Add Chiffon To A Basic Tank For A Chic Update

I love this top so much more than the basic spaghetti strap this shirt was before. I would wear it as an undershirt or with my husbands pajama pants. Now it’s got some extra detail, a more comfortable shape, and an uber-chic drape. The best part about this little project is that you can refashion this SO easily from a tank you already have and an 18″ strip of inexpensive chiffon fabric. GET THE TUTORIAL HERE.

Make This Chiffon Draped Tank with this Simple DIY Refashion

Add Lace To A Plain Sweatshirt For A Romantic Update:

This pretty little tutorial will walk you through how to add lace to the back of a basic sweater for a feminine, unexpected detail. Click the image for the full refashion.

DIY low-back lace sweatshirt

Give Flats A Festive Update With Pom Poms

There’s something about the bright pops of color that just brightens my day. For this refashion DIY, we’ll be giving our summer shoes a fun little face lift into some DIY pom pom sandals. SEE THE TUTORIAL HERE.

Refashion Any Neckline Into A Braided One:

How to braid the collar of a plain tee - almost no sewing

Make An Oversize Leather Clutch:

This DIY clutch is roomy enough to fit everything you need (even a laptop and sketchbook) while still looking amazing. It takes only a few materials and can be sewn in less than an hour from a recycled jacket! GET THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

Give A Casual Black Dress A Modern Makeover With Chiffon

To make this dress you’ll need about 1- 1 1/2 hours of time.  You won’t need any fancy tools besides a basic sewing machine and even though I use my beloved serger during steps, I’ll be sure to give other alternatives that I know you’ll love just as much. So, without further ado, let’s get started! SEE THE TUTORIAL HERE.

Paint Jeans With Handmade Lace Stencils

We all love a pair of blue jeans- but that still doesn’t mean we can’t mix it up every once in awhile right? This ten minute jean refashion is quick and easy and makes a feminine statement. I love how the subtle lace detail adds dimension but can still be paired with almost anything. SEE THE REFASHION TUTORIAL HERE.

Weave A T-Shirt To Create A Whole New Look

This t-shirt refashion looks complicated but is surprisingly easy to do. I even included a handy little DIY video for you to follow along. When you are done, you’ll be ready to weave details in your leggings, hoodies, and more. It’s all the same technique so don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit and get creative! SEE THE FULL REFASHION HERE.

Refashion A Bra Into Sexy Lace Lingerie

Bra making doesn’t alway have to be hard. Granted, there is a lost art in lingerie making, but most of us don’t have the skills to whip up a sexy underwire bra after a busy day.

A bra refashion on the other hand, cuts a few of the tedious corners, recycles what you already have, and gives the rest of us the opportunity to make a sexy little DIY lingerie piece in a matter of minutes. That is why for today’s DIY, we’ll be bra making the easy way via a quick and simple refashion. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

Add Lace & Grommets For A Quick Sweater Refashion

In my opinion, a lace-up sweater is the perfect winter trend. It’s the perfect way to make a sweater have more personality and detail and still keep you warm (unlike the bare-shoulder sweater trend.) So for today’s post, I’ll be showing you how to make a sweater with a lace-up front from a chunky knit sweater you already have. SEE THE FULL DIY HERE.

Make A Sundress From An Old Button-Down Shirt

The process is so incredibly simple and the fabric most button-downs are made of is incredibly easy to work with, which makes this project excellent for the beginner. Best of all, this little DIY takes minimal supplies and can be done in about an hour or two. So without further ado, let’s get started! GET THE DIY HERE.

Turn Your Old Yoga Pants Into Joggers

We all have a pair of yoga pants that are really too short, pjs that look unnecessarily frumpy, or a pair of stretchy pants that are soooo comfortable but don’t excatly make us feel like a million bucks.

These are the pants that would be absolutely perfect for this refashion DIY.

This super-simple tutorial on how to turn that pair of pants into cute, versatile DIY joggers. JUST READ THE TUTORIAL HERE.

Slash Your Sleeves To Create Feminine Details

Transform bulky sleeves with this simple refashion tutorial by slicing vertically up the sleeve and trying in a simple knot. Click the image for a full tutorial.

DIY old shirt #T Shirt Crafts| http://t-shirt-mens.lemoncoin.org

Update Old Shorts With Lace

Do you have a pair of shorts floating around that could use a little face-lift? Maybe even get a little longer? In this DIY, you’ll learn a quick and easy way to refashion your denim shorts with this simple DIY lace shorts refashion. In about ten minutes, you’ll have a brand new pair! SEE HOW HERE.

When In Doubt, Add Fringe

To update your t-shirts with fringe embellishments, set aside just 15-20 minutes of time. This project is great for the beginner and if you don’t have a basic sewing machine (or feel intimidated using one) you can get the same look by using No-Sew Fabric Glue or just sewing the embellishment on by hand. You’ll wear your shirt so much more when you are done with this project! GET THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE

Refashion A Sweatshirt Into A Cardigan

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ sweatshirt refashion? In today’s post, I’ll show you exactly how to turn any sweatshirt into a leopard print cardigan with just a few easy steps. SEE THE FULL REFASHION HERE.

Add Glitter To Your Sneakers

From the first time I saw the glitter trainers trend, I knew I needed some. I love how easy they are to style in basic black and love the unexpected, feminine pop the glitter adds. Pair them with basic jeans and a t-shirt or dress them up for a night out or even a formal event. They are more comfortable than heels and surprisingly, go with almost anything. LEARN HOW HERE.

Refashion A Boring Swimsuit

Lately, embellished, embroidered bikini tops are everywhere. I love the added texture and detail. But embroidering our own swimsuit would be a pretty hefty project that we just don’t have time for today. That’s where sew-on embellishments come in. You can fake the look of embroidery with a sew on embellishment strip (and save yourself loads and loads of time!) SEE THE DIY HERE.

Or Dye Long Sleeves The Easy Way:

Refashion A Cute Tank From A Baggy Tee:

26 Easy Style Hacks To Turn An Old Tee Into A Head-Turner

Add Zippers For Extra Details:

DIY Clothes DIY Refashion DIY Clothes Refashion: DIY Exposed Zipper Top: a tutorial

Go Bold With Paint & Patches:

Refashion plain black loafers and make these glam Gucci Inspired shoes

Get Creative With Bleach Pens:

How to make a DIY Bleach Pen Dress. Full step by step Tutorial

Add Unexpected Details To Wardrobe Basics:

DIY Anthropologie Inspired Top

And Don’t Forget The Suits!

DIY Open Back Blazer.Take a thrifted blazer, or one you don’t...

DIY Expensive-Looking Sweaters With No-Sew Chain:

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Add Embellishments to Basic Accessories

With a little creativity and about an hour of time, this will become your favorite boho bag that will be ready to take on the rest of the year! CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL TUTORIAL.

Refashion Dresses With Lace Trim

This refashion tutorial is perfect for those dresses you have that are “almost awesome.”

I tend to buy a lot of boring basics from thrift stores like this…..those maxi dresses that are so comfortable but would also be so much better if they just had a little more detail. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

Easy DIY Studded Sweater

I love how the extra detail of the hardware makes a big impact in the overall look of the top. Once the studs are put on, your sweater is good to be washed and rewashed without your studs slipping. This is why I like applying them with jewelry pliers instead of fabric glue. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL TUTORIAL.

Glue On Poms For A Festive Update

Bright, woven purses are everywhere this season but often, the price tag can be just as impressive as the trend. To create this DIY, you’ll need to block out about 10 minutes and collect a few supplies. SEE HOW TO DIY THIS BAG HERE.

MAKE THIS Woven Pom Purse with this super easy DIY Tutorial.

DIY Sequin Shorts Refashion

I love how the mix of denim and sequin can be dressed up or down. Now, I pair these shorts with a loose-fitting tank or you can dress it up with heels. Either way, they’re so much more fun than they were a few days ago. CLICK HERE FOR THE DIY.

Add Laces And Tassels To Basic Shoes

This DIY is ridiculously simple and adds a little whimsy and burst of color to a dark, winter closet. They compliment any skirt style and elevate skinny jeans without sacrificing comfort.

For this shoe refashion DIY, I used some plain black wedge heels that were just taking up space in my closet before. Any color or finish of shoe will work, but keep in mind that this tutorial will be slightly more difficult if the shoes are lined with a netted fabric. CLICK HERE FOR THE TUTORIAL.

Make A Fringe Clutch From A Kitchen Placemat

In this quick and easy tutorial, we’ll be making a boho-style, DIY fringe bag out of a straw kitchen placemat! This is seriously the easiest DIY purse tutorial you have ever seen.

You can get this project completed in under 30 minutes, takes inexpensive supplies, and looks unique when you’re finished. Sounds perfect right? READ THE TUTORIAL HERE.

I hope you guys loved these little DIY’s! As always, if you have any questions, just leave me a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back with you.

Until next time,

Lisa

35 ways to refashion your whole closet

Lisa Mecham

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  1. Wow!By far THE best list of refashioning ideas I have ever seen! Not a bad one in he bunch, and even some I’ve never seen before! Thanks so much! Now which one should I start first?! Hmmm…..

  2. Could not access the
    Create Your Own Kimono From A Thrift-Store Skirt

    Could you email the link or directions please?

    Thanks!!!

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