21 Upcycling Fashion Ideas

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Creating a handmade wardrobe is easier than ever with this resource of upcycling fashion ideas. While taking the time to create your own clothing from scratch can be rewarding, it’s also fun to repurpose the items you already have on hand.

Get your creative juices flowing by starting with an old sweater, a pair of jeans, or anything else you don’t wear often and give it new life with these simple refashion tutorials.

21 easy ways to makeover your closet upcycling fashion tutorials

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 UPCYCLING FASHION TUTORIAL HERE.

Add Pearl Beads To Your Old Jeans for a new look

OLD SHIRT DIY LACE T-SHIRT REFASHION

Got some basic t-shirts floating around that you’re totally bored with? Well then my friend, you are going to love today’s old shirt DIY refashion.

This project is perfect if you don’t consider yourself that creative or are just dipping your toes into the DIY fashion swimming pool. Within just a few minutes and a few basic tools, you can customize and personalize all of the uninspiring t-shirts you have lying around.

I love how this little t-shirt turned out. The contrasting lace adds a level of detail that still coordinates with almost anything but elevates the look without being too loud or daring. It’s the perfect ten minute tutorial to give your old clothes an updated look without much sewing experience. GET THE FULL UPCYCLING FASHION TUTORIAL HERE.

diy refashion shirt tutorials with lace embellishments ..

EASY DIY WORKOUT TANK

This super-simple project takes less than an hour to complete and will completely transform your workout wardrobe. It pairs perfectly with my DIY Jogger tutorial if you want to make a full athletic outfit for less than $5.

I love the draped design of this DIY workout tank and how it still shows off any detail your sports bra has in the back. This project is perfect for the beginner and can even be sewn by hand if you don’t have access to a regular sewing machine. GET THE FULL UPCYCLING FASHION TUTORIAL HERE.

diy workout shirt tutorial . lulu lemon knockoff

REFASHION A MINI DRESS FROM A MEN’S SHIRT

This simple little dress is easily made from a refashioned men’s button-down. 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. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

Refashion a mens shirt into a sundress

DIY CHIFFON DRAPED TANK TOP REFASHION

If you have a drawer full of basic tank tops, this upcycled fashion tutorial is going to show you how to refashion them! By adding some extra detail, a more comfortable shape, and an uber-chic drape you can transform your old clothes. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

Make This Chiffon Draped Tank with this easy T-Shirt Refashion

MAKE THIS DIY RUFFLE SHIRT FROM AN OLD TSHIRT

This upcycling fashion 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. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

Make this 1 shoulder shirt from an old tshirt

DIY POM POM SANDALS

Don’t you just love the pom pom trend this summer? There’s something about the bright pops of color that just brightens my day too. For this DIY, we’ll be giving our summer shoes a fun little face lift into some DIY pom pom sandals.

DIY Pom Pom Shoes. Makeover gladiator sandals or ballet flats with this summer refashion

10 MINUTE DIY LACE DENIM JEANS REFASHION TUTORIAL

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.

These jeans used to be a basic pair of denim that weren’t getting much wear and now have a fresh new look and a bigger personality. I love wearing them with a chunky knit sweater for extra dimension. SEE THE UPCYCLING FASHION TUTORIAL HERE.

Easy upcycle jean refashion DIY. Use lace to create a stencil

SWIMSUIT REFASHION EASY DIY IDEA

Lately, embellished, embroidered bikini tops are everywhere. I love the added texture and detail. (Plus, the way they camouflage a cold nipple when you’re drying off!) 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 FULL DIY HERE.

Swimsuit refashion easy DIY

REFASHION T-SHIRTS INTO A DRESS FOR THE SUMMER

You can never have too many comfy, casual summer dresses right? In this tutorial, we’re going 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. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

Tshirt refashion into this sexy summer dress

DIY NO-SEW UPCYCLED SWEATER REFASHION

This no-sew sweater design is quick and easy, to the point, and nearly impossible to mess up. I promise! I’ll include the link to print and make your own feather stencils and even the links to purchase the exact DIY tools I’ll be using to make this project as simple as possible. SEE THE DIY HERE.

DIY This feather stenciled sweater refashion

DIY SEQUIN SHORTS CLOTHING 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. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

DIY NO-SEW T-SHIRT REFASHION

While hitting the gym in a basic t-shirt can be incredibly comfortable, it’s a lot easier to actually get to the gym when you have new clothes to wear… even if they aren’t technically new. That’s where this week’s t-shirt refashion comes in. Pair this woven t shirt with a fun, strappy sports bra for a more interesting look…. or style it however else you want. It’s your shirt after all. SEE THE FULL UPCYCLING FASHION TUTORIAL HERE.

Refashion a basic tee shirt with this easy weave tutorial DIY

CHIFFON LITTLE BLACK DIY DRESS

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 FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

Little Black Dress Makeover. Full Tutorial Here

DIY LACE BRA REFASHION

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.

Bra making the easy way . Refashion your old bra into sexy DIY lingerie .

DIY T SHIRT MAKEOVER W/ FREE FEATHER STENCIL PRINTABLE

How many old t shirts do you have lying around that are ready for some extra lovin? If your dresser looks anything like mine…. chances are…. a lot. That’s where today’s DIY t shirt stencil makeover comes in.

Similar to the scissor stencil we created last year, (that has over 1,000 downloads by the way!) this free feather printable will give your old clothes a brand new look. SEE THE UPCYCLING FASHION TUTORIAL HERE.

DIY T shirt refashion with this FREE pdf feather printable stencil..

TURN YOUR OLD YOGA PANTS INTO DIY JOGGERS

If your dresser is anything like mine, there are a few pieces crammed in the back that you have no idea how long they’ve been there.  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 excat’ly make us feel like a million bucks.

These are the pants that would be absolutely perfect for today’s refashion DIY.

So, today I thought I’d share this super-simple tutorial on how to turn that pair of pants into cute, versatile DIY joggers. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

DIY POM POM SWEATER REFASHION

You’ve probably seen pom pom sweaters in crazy colors floating around Pinterest, but personally I think the look is more wearable and practical (for me) in neutral colors.

That being said, now my 7 and 3 year old want matching sweaters with yellow, green, pink, and purple poms. 😉 By the time you read this, I’ll probably be at my craft table making colorful, festive pom pom sweaters for them to match! SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

How to make a simple pom pom sweater . A clothing refashion idea

DIY GROMMET REFASHION

In my opinion, a lace-up sweater is the perfect cold-weather 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 this 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 UPCYCLED FASHION TUTORIAL HERE.

Refashion a basic sweater into a lace up one with this full step by step fashion tutorial

DIY BABYDOLL DRESS WITH CHIFFON PLEATS

Whenever I’m feeling uninspired I always start with a t-shirt. Today, that t-shirt transformed into this adorable little DIY babydoll dress. By using a t-shirt as the top and just adding a simple chiffon skirt, you save a ton of time and can bust this project out in less than 2 hours. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

How to make a DIY chiffon babydoll tee shirt dress refashion

DENIM DIY LACE SHORTS REFASHION TUTORIAL

Do you have a pair of shorts floating around that could use a little face-lift? Maybe even get a little longer? In today’s DIY, I’ll be showing you 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!

My husband teases me because I refuse to wear “mom shorts” but I also don’t want to ever wear ones that are uncomfortably short. Am I the only one who feels this way about denim? The Pom pom shorts tutorialwe did were the absolute perfect length in my opinion. They showed some leg, but you still felt totally comfortable and confidant wearing them. SEE THE FULL UPCYCLING FASHION DIY HERE.

DIY Summer Shorts Refashion with Lace Detail . An easy clothing makeover

Lisa Mecham

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1 comment on “21 Upcycling Fashion Ideas”

  1. Woww! Specless I love your POM POM sweater refashion really it’s looks just awesome. will say you are giving great tips definitely
    Thank You Lisa

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