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Tips for upcycling clothing

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

Dying those old t-shirts, or sweatshirts

The first thing you have to do is prep your clothes (let them soak in water). Afterward, you just fill a bucket with hot water, add your preferred dye(s).

To tie-dye: before you add your clothes to the water you need to put rubber bands around the places you want the tie-dye to appear. The rubber bands are what is going to cause those cool patterns.

Then simply add the clothes to the water, stir slowly and let it sit for about 30 minutes or longer depending on the dye you are using. Then remove the clothes, squeeze leftover dyes out and wash them.

Turning worn jeans into super cool shorts

All you need is a pair of scissors and a steady hand for this one. Remember to hem the seams. You can either leave the rest frayed, or you can also hem the rest - giving a cleaner look.

Use patches from fabric scraps

If you have a few fabric scraps lying around, this is a great project for you. Cut the fabric into small pieces and sew them onto the jeans to cover up any holes or tears. You can also create holes intentionally for a distressed look.

New shoes

Believe it or not, dyeing shoes is surpisingly straightforward. You either do it yourself or take them to a cobbler. You'll need leather deglazer and leather dye if you're going to do it yourself. It is worth getting the right stuff from the beginning. You may be able to find some "leather dyes" at your local hardware store or craft store


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