Fun and Easy Do-it-Yourself Fashion
by Jillian Bietz
With prices in stores skyrocketing, many teens are hopping on the DIY trend. It’s best to start with some simple projects. All you need are some basic supplies and a free afternoon. Turn on some upbeat music and get to work!
Here’s how to make this season’s “must-have” piece – the cape! In most cases, you can make a fabulous cape for less than ten dollars. And unlike most DIY’s, you don’t even need to know how to sew to make this one.
-2 yards edged fleece or a fleece blanket (plaids and southwestern influenced prints are particularly in) blankets with fringe are great, and some fabric stores sell fleece with fringe, too
-Fabric chalk or pencil
-Plate or hat to trace
-Pins, brooches, buttons, patches etc.
Fold the blanket or fleece in half, so the fabric is “doubled.” The fringe should be on the bottom. Place the bottom half of a plate on the fabric to make a half circle. Trace around the plate or hat starting at the top in the center of the folded blanket/fabric. Cut the “circle” out. There should be a circular shape where you head will go through the cape.
Get creative! Decorate your cape with pins, brooches, or buttons.
Snuggly Slipper Sox
This craft is also super easy and makes a great gift. You don’t need to know how to knit in order to make a great, cozy pair of one-of-a-kind slippers sox!
-A pair of thick socks, any kind
-Pencil to trace
-Dimension(“puffy”) fabric paints (available at fabric and craft stores)
-Fabric glue and assorted embellishments like ribbon, lace, buttons, appliqués etc. (optional)
Put the socks on your feet. Trace the soles onto the cardboard. Take socks off, and cut out foot shape on the cardboard. Stuff the cardboard “soles” into the socks so that they lay flat. Flip socks over so that the soles are upright.
Using the paints, create a design. Flowers, stars, swirls, hearts, letters, etc. Because these paints are thick, it is best to let socks dry for a couple of days before you wear them or given them as a gift. When the sox are dry, take out the cardboard templates and add any desired embellishments to personalize for yourself or a friend.
DIY projects are a great way to save money and create unique items. Be creative you can alter any DIY projects to add your own personal touch.