It’s July, and for some of us that means school is starting back next month. Okay, now that you are done double-checking your calendar and wondering how the summer has been flying by so quickly let’s talk easy ways to save money on clothes.
Thrift stores are a fantastic place to pick up bargains, save money, and bring new life to previously loved items, but sometimes it’s nice to bring new life to the items you find and give them a make-over.
Thrift Store Shirt Makeover
To make over a shirt like this here is what you need:
- Thrift store shirt-try ThredUp for great gently used items
- Paper template or stencil
- Washable fabric marker or vanishing marker
- Needle and thread
My daughter absolutely loves sequins and adding bling to shirts so as soon as I showed her this shirt she asked if I could put a heart on it. This project is slightly labor intensive (depending on how much detail and the size of your design), but with a good movie or two on in the background, the time will fly by.
I found this shirt at a local thrift store that I regularly donate clothing, shoes and household goods to called Savers. When you donate, you not only get a tax deductible recipe, but also a coupon for a discount in-store. The shirt was only $1.99, plus I had a 20% discount coupon. It was a bargain, and in great condition.
I already had the sequins, washable fabric marker, needle and thread on hand, and using PicMonkey I printed out a heart shape to use as a template. So this project cost no extra money.
Cut out your design if you aren’t using a stencil and trace around it using the washable fabric marker.
Starting from the outside edge begin stitching on the sequins. Run the needle and thread up through the fabric and the hole of the sequin. Put the needle back down through the fabric right on one edge of the sequin (the edge you will want to add the next sequin). You can see from the image below that the sequins will overlap. Push the needle back up about a millimeter or two away from that same spot and then thread your next sequin into the needle and thread.
Repeat until you’ve not only made it around the outside of your design, but also filled in the center.