Make “Fancy Pocket” Shorts from Sweatpants!

Get a lot of hand-me downs that need a little bit of help? Kat has a great idea for making cute kids’ shorts — with fancy pockets — from hand-me-down sweatpants! Check out her easy tutorial.

Repurposed Sweatpants to Fancy Pocket Shorts Tutorial at Our Homespun Haven

Make a Girls’ Twirly T-Shirt Dress!!

What little girl doesn’t love a comfy, twirly dress? Melanie made this adorable dress for her little girl — and gives you a detailed tutorial for sewing your own — check it out!

Twirly T-Shirt Dress Tutorial at The Crafty Cupboard

Ruffle Top From T-Shirt

Sometimes wearing a plain t-shirt is . . . boring. I am a heavy t-shirt wearer, so I like when a regular t-shirt gets a little extra spicing up like what Meg did with her striped tee. She refashioned it by adding a tie and ruffles, and now it can go over a regular tee to make a very stylish outfit. What do you think?

Brassy Ruffle Top at Brassy Apple

Upcycle Your Jewelry!


You just hate to let jewelry you once loved shift to the back of the drawer, forgotten. Sarah knows that , and she shows you some great ways to repurpose and upcycle older jewelry into something fresh and new (and even how to make felt rosettes like the one in the picture)! Check out her great ideas.

diy {upcycled & repurposed jewelry} at Sarah Ortega

Make a Skirt From A Men’s Dress Shirt!

Fonda took inspiration from shirt-to-skirt tutorials — and added her own flair and her own tips to help you try it without the pain! Steal a shirt from your husband (or significant other or purchase it (don’t steal it) from a thrift shop) … and make your own lightweight summer skirt!

Men’s dress shirt to skirt at SouthernScraps


Turn Plain Flats Into Patterned, Ruffled, Fabulous Flats!

Kathleen gives you detailed directions for turning plain, black flats into fabulous, ruffled ones! You’ll need some fabric to cover your shoes and fabric for the ruffles, and a few other supplies — but you can make your flats as fabulous and colorful as you like! Check out her step-by-step directions.

Shoe Redo: Red Ruffle Flat at Grosgrain Fabulous

Make a Lace-Embellished Top From An Inexpensive T-Shirt!


Katie saw a cute, lace-embellished top worn by actress Rashida Jones in I Love You, Man — and thought “I could make that!” Well, she did — and it’s easy. And she shows you how to do it, too — just check out her easy instructions!

T-Shirt Refashion at Sweet Verbena

Plain Shirt Gets a Fancy Bow

bow tee refashion

Most people don’t know how much I love bows on things – but, I really love bows. Can you believe this pretty shirt was made from a tee? It looks so upscale, and achieving this look isn’t difficult at all. Visit Michael Ann to see how it was done.

Bow Tee Refashion DIY at Michael Ann Made

July’s “Wild Neon” Challenge — Link Up To Win!

Welcome to the Refashion Files July Challenge: Wild Neon!

It’s time to link up your Wild Neon projects and win! We’ve extended the due date to this Friday at midnight so you have time to get your projects posted.

(I posted a fun neon project today, too — check out my 10-Minute Spray-Painted Shoe Makeover!)

We’re doing our challenges once a month at Refashion Files. Do you want to learn what a challenge is and how to participate? Click here.

This month we have a fantastic sponsor:

Read on to find out what you can win from Plaid and how to enter …

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Rework a Maternity Tank Into A Cute Top!

Check out this awkward maternity tank … but the pattern has promise and so does the shape! Check out how you can refashion a maternity top you’re unlikely to wear soon … into something you’ll love to wear!

Day 11: I’m Not Getting Prego Any Time Soon at Cotton & Curls