Tailor Jeans – And Keep The Original Hem

It’s a bit pricey — and scary — to have jeans hemmed. If you don’t keep the original hem, they never look quite right. Fortunately, there’s a great way to hem them and keep the original hem, and Refashion Mama shows you just how to do it!

Alteration: My new favorite way to keep original hem on jeans at Refashion Mama

Turn A Long Sleeve Shirt Into A Tank


This started as a long sleeve t-shirt – I can hardly believe it, because this striped fabric looks as though it was always meant to be a tank. I love the tutorial done by Jen because it’s very thorough, and you’ll be able to put together a tank of your very own in no time. Visit her to see how it was done.

Tutorial: Upcycled Striped Bow Tank at Monkey See, Monkey Do!

Sweater to Bookbag

Don’t buy thick fabric for a bookbag … make your own from a thrifted or worn-out sweater! Hannah’s adorable custom bookbag comes complete with a recycled keyring as a zipper pull — fabulous!

Crafting Along With needle and thREAD at Like Mama ~ Like Daughter

Mini Tee-Dress Refashion

It’s hard for me to think of t-shirts as dresses (probably because I wear them every day as I’m lounging around the house in my jammie bottoms). The truth is, t-shirts make the perfect dresses for little girls with some simple alternations. So root through your t-shirt drawer and see what you can find !

Mini Tee-Dress Refashion at I Still Love You

Hand-Paint a Geometric T-Shirt


Take your tee from blah to fab with Sarah’s brilliant technique for a custom, geometric pattern. Choose triangles, circles, squares, hexagons, whatever you like — and make your plain t-shirt into a one-of-a-kind piece! Read her detailed how-to at the site.

geometric painted tee at The Winthrop Chronicles

Makeover a Hoodie With Pretty Fabric

Revamp a hoodie

This post by Bonnie excited me because I TOO have a hoodie I love – several, if you must know. In fact, hoodies are my uniform now that I work at home. I love that Bonnie dressed hers up with fabric by lining the hood and adding the bright drawstring. This takes your typical sweatshirt from day to night! Okay, not really, but the revamp definitely kicks it up a notch. Learn how she did it at her blog.

A Hoodie Makeover at Uncommon

Lengthen Clothes With Color Blocking!

Smart and Savvy Kristina (who has a fabulous site) took fashion inspiration  — and solved a wardrobe problem. Torso too long for your top? Dress too short? Try her detailed how-to for color blocking, and fix that wardrobe!

How To Lengthen Clothes with Color-Blocking 2 at Kristina J

Turn Ties Into a Pillow

refashioned DIY tie pillow

When I was young I was fascinated by a tie quilt that my mom had inherited from her grandmother. There were SO many ties! Since that time I’ve always had an affection for tie DIY projects, and this one is exactly that. It’s a little more “manly” than a regular pillow, so if you’re looking for a gift for your dude, this could be perfect (I’m talking man cave). It’s easier to make than you think! Visit below for the tute.

Tie Pillow at The Creative Cubby

Napkin Rings to Color Block Necklace!


Lauren discovered cool, geometric napkin rings at her local thrift store and made something unexpected and awesome: this bold, colorblocked necklace. Learn how she did it and get inspired to make your own!

Colorblocked Wooden Baubles at Pearls Poppies Pinkies Up

Turn a Boy’s Wardrobe Into Girl’s Clothing

refashioned cardigan and skirt

Boys grow so quickly don’t they? Sometimes they grow so quickly that they’ve barely worn something before you have to get rid of it. But these tutorials from Nike are so great because they demonstrate that you don’t really have to – just refashion! Nike turned a sweater into a cardigan, pants into a skirt and a henley into a pretty tee. The twist? The refashions turned everything into girl’s clothing. You’re going to love what she did; visit her blog to see more pictures and how she did it.

BOYS hand-me-downs refashioned to make GIRLS outfits at Thrive