Use your jeans to update your denim jacket

Creative way to DIY a denim jacket

Use your jeans to update your denim jacket
Refashioned denim jacket

A strong wardrobe foundation definitely includes a denim jacket. Make yours extra special with this tutorial. We see many denim garment mashups on the web and I wanted to explore a creative way to DIY a denim jacket with a pair of jeans with a contrasting color. I wanted to demonstrate how to use your jeans to update your denim jacket and how to make a denim flower brooch with the left over fabric. I also made quilt knots on buttons to embellish this denim jacket.

This is my second refashion using denim. If you are curious to see my first one DIY handmade bag from old jeans

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How to make a scarf from a sweater

How to decorate clothes with metal rings

How to make a scarf from a sweater
From sweater to infinity scarf DIY

For this refashion I am happy to show you a few things; how to make a scarf from a sweater, how to decorate clothes with metal rings. And to follow the current piercing-inspired clothing trend I will demonstrate the best way to make jump rings and how to open and close jump rings (yes, it is a must to know). This will save you money and allow you to make jump rings in the material and at the size that you need.

I have previously made another scarf from a garment, if you wish to see it T-shirt to infinity scarf

Let’s start with this one!

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DIY regular scarf to infinity scarf

DIY pom pom scarf

DIY regular scarf to infinity scarf
How to make an infinity scarf from a regular scarf

I hear what you are thinking. “How can this be a DIY regular scarf to infinity scarf tutorial when we see an infinity scarf in the before picture?”. Well, I left the scarf in it’s original version for the before picture to offer an additional refashion option. Once the neck seam is removed the infinity scarf will have the shape of a regular scarf and will be suitable for this trendy DIY pom pom scarf. I also encounter a little problem and it gave me the opportunity to also feature how to hand sew a scarf.

Follow along to learn how to make this scarf makeover.

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Wedding dress into baby gown

 Wedding dress to christening dress

Wedding dress into baby gown
Wedding dress into baby gown

I love sewing garments from scratch but I must admit that refashioning clothes is what I like to do most. Therefore I was thrilled to be asked if I could do a wedding dress makeover for my daughter in-law’s first child. She wanted to have her daughter’s christening dress made from her mom’s old wedding dress. Such an exciting and romantic project and a true refashion pleasure for a sewist. In this wedding dress to christening dress tutorial I will demonstrate how I made some basic pattern alterations to an infant commercial pattern (McCall’s M7307). And explain how I designed and added details for this little girl first custom dress.

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tshirt to infinity scarf

DIY not needing a sewing machine

This tshirt to infinity scarf DIY is a quick transformation with rewarding result, perfect for beginners.

Tshirt to infinity scarf
tshirt to infinity scarf

Found this tank top on a sales rack. It was two sizes too big for me, therefore the neckline was too low and too wide and the armholes were also too low and too big. But at $9.99 and in a pale nude colour matching one of my pair of shoes (call me miss matchy matchy) it was coming home!

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Men’s shirt to off the shoulders blouse

Men's shirt to off the shoulder blouse
Men’s shirt to off the shoulder blouse

This men’s shirt to off the shoulders blouse is very similar to the men’s shirt refashion from a few posts ago, but since my spouse commented that it would be a nice top for a pregnant woman (**!!?@!!?**). He then tried to explain that his comment was a from a business point of view. I guess I trust him… so you know that I had to transform another men’s shirt… and the shirt I am using for this refashion comes from his own closet. I get even like that  : )    ……….

Continue reading to see how I transformed his shirt into an off-the-shoulders blouse in about 3 hours.

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Men’s shirt into women top

My plan for Men’s shirt transformation

Men's shirt into women top
Men’s shirt into women top

I wanted to refashion a Men’s shirt into women top, but with some type of sewn in faux-tank-top that would cover the bra straps. Another goal was to use most of the shirt by including different parts of the shirt in the blouse design. I drew a quick sketch to help me plan how I would cut the shirt.

See how refashion a men’s shirt into an off-the-shoulders blouse in about 4 hours.

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Blazer refashioned with zippers insertions

Thrift to couture inspired by Burberry

Blazer refashion with zippers insertions
Thrift to couture inspired by Burberry

For this Blazer refashioned with zippers insertions I will use this very nice faux leather blazer found at my favorite second hand store for $7.00. It looked as if it had never been worn and I liked the black on black zebra print.

Let’s see what I can do with this blazer. I have an idea that can be completed this blazer refashion inspired by Burberry in about 2 hours.

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Quilts made from loved ones clothing

Memory quilt from my father-in-law’s clothes

Quilts made from loved ones clothing
MEMORIES MADE REAL

When my father-in-law passed, my  spouse couldn’t let go of his father’s clothes, so we decided to bring them to our house.  At first I thought to keep all of the buttons to use them later on for a jewelry or a collage project. Then I had this idea of making a memory quilt. I had never made a quilt. Thanks to the internet, within a few hours a knew how to construct one.

I drew a few ideas, and we chose the design in which the quilt would be constructed around a square of my father in law’s  Scottish clan tartan placed in the center. I ordered their coat of arms embroidered applique from Scotland, and I went about making it.

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DIY handmade bag from old jeans

How to refashion old jeans into a stylish handbag

DIY handmade bag from old jeans
MY OLD CLOTHES RE-LOVED!

This DIY handmade bag from old jeans refashion is a step by step tutorial that demonstrate how to upcycle old jeans into a stylish handbag, sew boxed corners,  add a rigid bottom insert, a simple closure and create a funky look with some hand sewn adornments. The transformation can take between 6 to 8 hours to complete but just break it down into 4 – 5 phases. You can do it!

Keep reading to learn how I used the animal print top to line the purse, make a key chain and a zippered compartment.

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