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Awesome No-Sew DIY Clothing Alterations

Sometimes you find something in your closet that you use to love but that you’ve lost interest in wearing. You have a few options. You could sell that piece of clothing, swap it with a friend, or donate it. Before you consider getting rid of your old favourites, however, why not think about altering them slightly to give them a fresh start?

Check out these no-sew DIY clothing alterations that might make the difference between whether your clothes end up in the “toss” or “keep” pile!

1. Lace bust tank top

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Subtle Tee shows you how to make a simply pretty tank top using a plain shirt and a lace doily, without having to sew!

2. Fringe net tank top

VIEW IN GALLERYFringe net tank topThe knotting pattern it takes to add this fringed bottom to a tank top is surprisingly easy! Pop Champagne shows you how it’s done.

3. No-sew beach coverup

VIEW IN GALLERYGorgeous No-sew swimsuit coverup

Watch Out for the Woesterman’s pattern can be made from newly bought fabric, but you can also upcycle an old dress or tube scarf.  Once you’ve got your material, you’ll just need your scissors, your hot glue gun, and your braiding skills!

4. Cut out blouse

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Plan B gives you the perfect tutorial for transforming a plain old blouse into an adorably trendy cut out creation.

5. DIY slip dress


Learn how to make a light, flowing slip dress from an old maxi skirt on Kier Couture.

6. No-sew bows T-shirt

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Creating Laura shows you that even small adjustments can make a big difference when it comes to refreshing clothing.

7. Studded lattice T-shirt

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Wobi Sobi‘s studded lattice design looks intricate, but it’s entirely manageable for even beginner crafters.

8. DIY No-sew T-shirt pocket

VIEW IN GALLERYDIY no-sew T-shirt pocket

Find some cute material or cut a piece from another old garment and use that to create a pocket for a T-shirt! Oh the Lovely Things shows you how to do it.

9. Old T-shirt headband

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If you find a T-shirt that you love the colour of but that just can’t be saved from warping or dryer damage, you can still use it! Journal Sentinel Fresh shows you how to turn shirts like that into a headband.

10. No-sew scalloped shorts

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Whether you make these shorts out of longer pants that you cut short or out from plain shorts that you want to embellish, this scalloped edge is guaranteed to look adorable. Candi Mandi walks you through the steps.

11. Old T-shirt headband

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Tip Junkie gives you a tutorial for fabric flowers that could be made from any type of old clothing! Glue them to a plain hairband to make a feminine accessory.

12. Lace cut out shirt

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Trace a shape, measure and cut your lace, and get your fabric glue out! Listotic shows you how easy creating a lace cut out can be.

13. Bow back tank top

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Cut outs and shapes at the back of your shirt are trending like crazy! Creating Laura shows you how to stay stylish by creating your own bow back tank top from an older shirt rather than buying something new.

14. No-sew peplum skirt

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Adding a peplum to a regular skirt doesn’t have to be a complicated re-fashioning project. Try out Tasha Delrae‘s simple technique!

Have you figured out other awesome ways to refashion your old clothing into exciting new pieces? Tell us how you did in the comments!