When clothing is sullied by a tear or a spot, toss the garb in the garbage, or NOT. Revise and revamp with artistic patches and embellishments made of upcycled textiles. Pick a symbol, make a patch and adorn the duds to give them new life.
Even though I can design and make slipcovers of all sorts, shapes and sizes, I cannot make clothes to save my life. I have tried and failed many times, but I love to embellish ready-made clothes with patches — clothes in my closet I am tired of, second-hand clothes or damaged clothes.
I sew everything with the machine. Zigzag, cross-stitch, or straight stitch, the machine does it all, and I just guide the stitching along and around the edges to frame each patch. Scraps leftover from sewing projects get recycled into symbols and shapes. I love to adorn jackets, shirts, skirts, and handbags. Each patch is a one-of-a-kind and made to fit my personality.
What is your symbol? Your favorite jacket, dress or shirt? Incorporate your favorite colors, prints, buttons, needlework or trinkets in your own collage of creative pastiche.
What else can you do with old clothes? As you can see, I have a thing for snakes, so DIY’s snake made from neckties is one of my favorites. See this and 11 more ideas for old neckties in the photo gallery below, then check out projects for old sweaters and extra concert t-shirts. And let me know your other ideas in the comments!