If you follow my blog you know that I am a crazy thrifter! Meaning I LOVE to find as much of my wardrobe as possible at a discount (thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales)…if I can get something for $3 I’M THERE! Which means that sometimes items need fixing/reworking. One such item: this slip dress. I didn’t try it on until I was home only to realize the straps were WAY too short – causing it to be completely unflattering (see below). This is a common problem I run into with dresses because I am petite with a fuller chest. So I decided to fix it by adding shoulder-tie straps! For all my other busty ladies out there, who run into this issue — my Slip Dress DIY!
Anniversaries, they’re amazing right?! Celebrating LOVE is always great – spending time with that special someone! And while that would be enough we add presents to the occasion – an extra way to show your love. So your anniversary gift should be more than a superficial item. That is why I advocate for sticking to the traditional anniversary gift themes. They force you to be creative and different with your gifting – making everything so much more meaningful. While year 1 is easy (paper) year 2: Cotton is quite a bit harder! So I want to share with you a great DIY Cotton Anniversary Gift that your significant other will LOVE.
I love dresses, but let’s be honest, they don’t get much use. There’s only one way to wear them–thus one and done (usually). But don’t ditch your fall dresses…turn them into something new and exciting. Follow this Spring Top DIY to turn last season’s off-the-shoulder dress into something AMAZING.
We’re well into the New Year!! Hoorayyy….and with that comes resolutions, which usually include tidying up/purging for a fresh start.
There’s plenty of blogs out there (around this time) telling you how to clean out your closet and get ready for a new year full of new styles! While the point of this closet purge is to clear out space and minimize (declutter) your life (wardrobe)…it’s usually followed by more purchases to fill the gaps and renew your style.
I’m here to help you with that: renewing your style for the new year, a closet update if you will. But what if this could be done without purging your things, and then spending MORE money just to replace them (let’s be honest, if you throw out one item you usually replace it with something very similar)!
Earlier this week I shared with you my Top 10 Purses for Every Occasion…and while all those purses are great, sometimes it’s just not in the budget to grab another bag. So…we’re left to our own devices and one easy way to update an old purse: Add a Scarf! While most would just tie a scarf around the handle in some fun way (check them out) why not completely replace the handle?!
Yes, I mean taking the existing handle off and replacing it with a fun neck scarf of your choosing! While some bags have removable handles (like this one) for others this will require cutting off the existing handle…but I say out with the old and in with the new. I mean honestly, if you’re no longer using the bag anyway what’s the harm?!
Ok so here is an easy way to update an old bag —Scarf Handle DIY
Step 1: Choose a Purse
You’ll want to choose something small, that can be supported by a small neck scarf. The bag also needs to have loops that connect the straps (explained more later).
Step 2: Remove the Straps
As discussed earlier, if your bag has a removable strap (via clips) unhook it. Or if this is an older purse that you are definitely tired of (and the straps are connected via links of some sort) go ahead and cut off the straps!
Now your purse is a clutch! Which would also be cute…FYI!
Below I have shown up close what I mean by needing your straps to be connected via loops. Some purses have straps directly sewn onto their body, while others have the straps hooked or sewn onto loops that are connected to the purse.
Obviously (hopefully) for what we’re doing we need these loops to be able to tie our scarves on to. I repeat: DO NOT DO THIS WITH A PURSE WITHOUT THESE LOOP CONNECTORS! Otherwise you will just end up cutting straps off a purse with no way to connect a scarf to it…essentially creating a clutch.
Step 3: Pick a Scarf
Most any scarf will work (in someway). You just may have to get creative with tying it to the purse and creating a functional and cute strap! But for our sake, the easiest scarf to accomplish this task is a narrow rectangular style.
Step 4: Tying the Scarf
So…you can tie the scarf in any way you can imagine! How I tied my scarf was by pulling it through one of the strap loops until it was halfway (shown below)
Then I looped one end (I would’ve done both if they could fit, but only one did — loop was too small) through the opposite strap loop and then tied the two ends together in a knot.
YAY cute little handbag! And such a different vibe from what it was before…an easy way to change up any old purse…and without spending a dime (unless you buy a new scarf, still cheaper than a new purse)!
Here is another purse I switched up. It was a thrift store find and had handles that made the bag look like a clutch my grandmother might take to church. So I cute them off and instead tie various scarves through the handle loops! You can see this purse styled with an outfit here (yesterday’s post).
Would you try this easy purse update? Let me know in the comments!
I love the new look of embroidered patches on your clothing! It’s such a great way to take an ordinary piece and make it stand out. That being said I do have one issue with these patched items…there is always something off with them.
Whether a patch is falling off (I’m not paying for something that hasn’t even left the store and is already falling apart), the item looks cheap with the patches, the patches are in weird places (for my body), or I like two of the four patches…the list goes on. There is always something I find wrong with pre-made patched pieces.
Then I realized that these items would be so easy to make! I mean, there’s iron-on patches. Literally, place the patch where you want on the item you want to add it to and press down with the iron…so simple! My only issue with this is that now the item I’ve ironed the patch onto is forever changed and “with patch.” I want to patch up my cargo army jacket; so I get the patches I desire and iron them on. Easy, right? Well what happens when I don’t want those patches on my jacket anymore (cause I LOVE my jacket and would hate to ruin it for later wearings)? You can’t remove an iron-on patch.
I could purchase another cargo jacket to patch up…but then why wouldn’t I just buy the pre-made patched cargo jacket (even with a few flaws)? Well, there is another way…(I can’t be the only one who has thought about this)….so I decided to give you a solution!
Sew the patches on! Seems simple but most people wouldn’t think to do this. And for those of you saying “I can’t sew”…neither can I. The way to get the patch on and still be able to remove it is a simple stitch that anyone can do!
You need a needle and thread.
Choose thread that matches the colors on your patch. Pick the color closest to the outer edge because this is where you will be stitching.
(My patch was white with a black border. I chose white thread. But if you wanted to do a really solid job then you could use the border color and stitch as close to the border as possible. I am not that great at sewing; so I opted for the white and stayed on the patch.)
Choose the finest/thinnest needle that will still pierce through your fabric (stronger needles are needed for denim). This will prevent large holes from being created by your stitches, and thus no remnance leftover once the patch is removed.
Pick Your Patch:
Now that you have your patches, choose the placement. Put them where ever your heart desires…that’s the best part about DIYs. Not only are they one of a kind pieces, but they are exactly as you imagined!
Start from the inside and stick your needle through the fabric and patch. Try to be as close to the edge of the patch as possible.
Now, from the outside, stick the needle back through the garment and patch as close to your entry point as possible. This will create a nearly invisible stitch from the outside view.
Your needle should now be back to the starting point…one stitch has been made!
Now re-do this action in (as close to) even increments all along the outer silhouette of the patch.
The smaller the increments the more secure the patch is. I recommend smaller increments for patches on pants (because of the movement you don’t want any bubbling or shifting). For patches in inconspicuous or little movement areas (shoulder, back, pocket) you can space your stitches out further. Longer stitches are also good for a fast patch placement for one-time wear.
Once you make it around the entirety of the patch, tie the ends of the string together (at the end where you started). Double knot for security…and there you go, you have sewn on a patch and created your own unique item!
Remember: It doesn’t have to be perfect (straight, completely even-spaced, etc). Just do your best. You can’t see the stitches from the front/outside and no one is going to see the stitching from the inside (unless you’re proud and show them).
Disclaimer: If you decide to do this on a t-shirt, button-down, or any finer/thinner material the stitching might leave small holes IF you decide to remove the patch. You can either try to find a really fine/thin needle (if that’s possible) or just place the patches on permanently.
Yes, this seems like a lot of work. And yes it’ll take some time from your day (10-20 min). BUT it’s going to save you money on trending pieces that may not be around for long. It also saves you from buying multiple similar items (aka 2 cargo army jackets, one sans patches and one with).
I LOVE this mostly because the patches become another accessory to an outfit vs. a permanent graphic…I can easily change it up for what I’m wearing that day! In fact, I can’t wait to wear this flower patch on the ankle of my jeans and pair them with a flannel shirt!
For those of you who are not convinced, or to those of you who are and need some inspiration! Here are some of my favorite patched pieces out there right now: