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45 Refashioning Projects for Refashionistas

Learn how to turn something old into something new with these upcycled clothing ideas.

By: Cathy Schutt, Editor,
45 Refashioning Projects for Refashionistas
45 Refashioning Projects for Refashionistas
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Is your closet looking drab? Do you want to buy new clothes but just don't have the money right now? Here's a easy way to keep dollars in your pocket while keeping your wardrobe trendy. 

As a sewist, you're already creative. But have you ever thought of yourself as a refashionista? You can start by taking some older, more worn-old pieces from your closet and upcycling clothes into something new. The boho look is in right now, and that's exactly what you'll get when you try these upcycled clothing ideas. Reuse an old T-shirt, skirt, pair of jeans, sweater, tie, scarf, and more to create a style that is all your own. 

With these 45 Refashioning Projects for Refashionistas, you can upgrade your look from shabby to shabby chic.

Refashioned Clothes for Adults

Save your old sweaters, shirts, and jeans from the trash by being a refashionista. You can repurpose almost any material to make something new. Give new life to an old T-shirt by turning it into a skirt. Or add some interest to your favorite blazer with a bit of lace. No matter what your fashion preference is, there's always a way to revamp your wardrobe by upcycling clothes. Check out the ideas below to get started!

  1. DIY Crop Top Refashion  Perfect for summer!

  2. DIY Little Black Dress  Every woman needs one of these

  3. Surprisingly Simple Sweater Dress  You won't believe how easy this is!

  4. The Cabo Dress T-Shirt Refashion  A summertime staple

  5. Sporting DIY Skinny Jeans  This saved my jeans' lives

  6. Rad Lace DIY Kimono  Definitely making this!

How to Reuse Old T-Shirts

It's easy to accumulate a lot of random T-shirts when you're an adult - from concerts, sporting events, booster clubs, and more. Some shirts may even have sentimental value, and it can be difficult to part with well-worn items. Instead of tossing your favorite shirt, why not use it to make something new? Check out the unique ideas below, as well as our free 9 Ways to Transform Old T Shirts eBook, to get ideas on how to reuse old T-shirts.

  1. Plain Jane T-Shirt Refashion  There's nothing plain about this cute shirt!

  2. Draped Color Block Tee  Looks good on any body type

Upcycled DIY Accessories

Don't limit yourself as a sewist. Instead of just making clothes, break out of the mold and refashion your old shirts and worn-out jeans to create these gorgeous DIY accessories. With the free sewing patterns below, you can keep money in your wallet while making something cute and completely original. You won't see anyone else with exactly the same accessory walking down the street.

  1. Upcycled Sweater Pillowcase  Give your favorite sweater a second life!

  2. How to Make Slippers From Jeans  Makes a great Christmas gift!

  3. Necktie Refashion Into Necklace or Wallet  You'd never know this used to be a man's accessory

What are your favorite types of refashioning projects? Let us know below in the comments!

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This is such a fun list of ideas. I love all the clothing ideas.

So many great ideas! The "Sweatshirt Liposuction" is pure genius!

Many great ideas but the sweater pillow covers are my favorite! #BestIdeaEver

I love the flattering diy skirt pattern. It's so fun and girly!

Love the sweater pillows. I have been thinking about trying this. Now that I read this article, I can't wait to start. #BestIdeaEver

I have made many of these. This is an awesome pattern.

I love all these ideas! My favorite thing to refashion is definitely clothes. Nothing like adding a beautiful new piece to your wardrobe!


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