Fun and easy clothes DIY projects you can try at home to brighten up your wardrobe

Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 1:26 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 1:26 pm

If you're trying to avoid the lure of online clothes shopping during lockdown, why not spruce up what you already have in your wardrobe?

Here are some easy DIY ideas.

Tie dye - or any kind of dye

Throw it back to the '90s and tie-dye some old t-shirts - a project that kids and adults alike will love.

There are several different ways you can tie-dye, including using acrylic paints, bleach, sharpie pens and traditional dye. For best results, use a white t-shirt, as colours will show up the brightest this way.

WikiHow has a comprehensive guide here on four different ways to tie-dye.

Alternatively, for a more sophisticated style, why not just straight dye something from your wardrobe? This is a comprehensive guide to materials, dye and the process.

Make shorts out of jeans

As the weather gets warmer, you can avoid buying new summer clothes by simply upcycling a pair of old jeans.

WikiHow has another comprehensive guide on how to go about altering your jeans here.

Shorten an old dress

Similarly, give your legs a bit of sun by cutting away the hem of a long dress.

This easy tutorial (using a sewing machine) shows you how.

Sew on a collar

Instantly make any garment smarter by adding a colourful collar. This is a fairly technical process, but this guide takes you through step by step.

Embellish with iron-ons

If you're someone with less technical ability when it comes to sewing, iron-on patches are one of the easiest ways to customise your clothing.

Just have a search online for patches you like, then, once they arrive, all you have to do is fire up the iron to stick them on. This simple guide will direct you, if you're unsure.

Add lace

Spruce up old shorts, jeans, or other garments by adding lace.

You can find a tutorial for doing this to shorts here - but the technique can be used on many other garments too.

Make a no-sew crop top

If you have an old t-shirt you're bored of, turn it into a pretty crop top with this simple, no-sew tutorial.

Turn old yoga trousers into comfy joggers

Let's face it, most of us are doing a fair bit of lounging around at the moment. So if you have a tatty pair of yoga trousers you've never used, why not turn them into comfy joggers using this tutorial?

Create a summer dress from an old t-shirt

Another way you can repurpose an old tee is to fashion it into a breezy summer dress. You can find a tutorial for doing this here.

Spruce up your old sandals

If you're bored of your sandals, you can easily give them new life with a few pom poms, glue and a little patience. This tutorial takes you through the steps.