Some of us can be too brash when it comes to throwing away old clothes. There was a time when we used to fix rips and stains and make do. More people are starting to come back to these old ways, either as way to save money or cut down on waste. In fact, some bright sparks have found ways of fixing up clothes to create a fashion statement. Here are some of those methods.
Roll up damaged legs and sleeves
The frayed bottoms of trousers legs or ripped sleeves can be easily hidden by rolling them up. This is the oldest trick in the book, and has made a big comeback (many stores are now selling pre-cuffed jeans). The turned up trouser leg look only works if its looks like you’ve done it on purpose, so practice your pinroll. For sleeves, you may wish to add buttons so that your sleeves stay rolled up.
Repair broken zippers
Broken zippers can be a real pain, but shouldn’t be your sole reason for throwing away. There are many ways to get zippers working again. Many jammed zippers can be loosened by rubbing a graphite pencil on the zipper teeth or using a lubricant such as soap. Embarrassing trouser zippers that keep falling down meanwhile can be fixed by putting a keyring through the zipper pull and locking onto a trouser button.
For broken zipper pulls, there are all kinds of ways to get creative. You can create your own leather lace tassels or buy a creative zipper pull online.
Patch up rips
A rip in an elbow or knee can be creatively patched up with fabric, transforming your clothing into something new. This does involve picking up a needle and thread. Sewing isn’t everyone’s strong point, but can be an extremely handy DIY skill to have. Some may find it easier to buy a sewing machine – sewingmachinejudge.com can help you find the best sewing machine for you. Iron-on patches are an even simpler solution, but you should note that these may eventually come off after multiple washes.
Feel free to get creative with your patches. You can fix a hole in jeans with a star-shaped patch or well-placed stripe. In some cases you may be able to patch up on the inside or add a pocket for show.
Get creative with stains
Many everyday clothing stains can be easily erased if you know the right DIY tricks. Lemon juice or baking soda is great for getting rid of horrible armpit discoloration. Shaving cream meanwhile can get rid of foundation stains, whilst hairspray has a great ability to lift lipstick stains.
For stains on shoes, there are all kinds of measures you can take dependent on the material. A nail file can often get rid of stains on suede. A toothbrush dipped in vinegar meanwhile makes a great remedy against water stains on leather boots. For more serious scuffs, try using petroleum jelly applied with a q-tip.
Perhaps one of the worst clothing gripes is dried chewing gum. Getting rid of this can be tricky – freezing the gum can sometimes work. This will harden the gum, making it more brittle and easy to chip off. Warm vinegar is another method you can try using. After removing, treat the stain with a stain remover.
Learn to repurpose
Old worn clothes can sometimes be transformed into new accessories with the right amount of imagination. Trousers with ripped legs can be turned into shorts and tops with ripped sleeves can be made sleeveless. Two old different coloured jersey tops can be tied together to create a double scarf. An old scarf meanwhile can be transformed into a skirt.
Through repurposing clothing you can make all kinds of items – not just clothes. Jeans can be transformed into a small denim purse. You can also use fabric to replace the broken sling of a satchel bag, giving it a more hippy-esque feel. Patches can even be taken off and used to fix up a hole in a bag or a kid’s blanket.
Making this a hobby can be a great way of easing yourself into eventually making and designing your own clothes. Start stocking up old clothes as materials and start getting experimental.