There’s no need to go on a shopping spree for summer clothes when you can make trendy outfits and accessories at an affordable price. Check out these DIY clothing projects that will prepare you for the sweltering heat and the blazing sunshine of the season.
- Crochet Tank Tops
While yarn items are often associated with fall or winter weather, they can make for lovely outfits during warm and breezy summer afternoons. Visit the website Yarnspirations to find free crochet top patterns that you can make before the season ends—they are great pieces to throw over a bathing suit, undershirt or stylish bandeau. If you are adept with your crochet hooks, you can put together lacey numbers like the Patons Light Layers Tank or the Patons Sunny Days Tank. You can also use the website to order spools of vibrant Patons yarn in exciting colors, like:
- Sun-kissed yellow
- Blush pink
- Cardinal red
- Quick Shorts
Start by rummaging through your closet to find a pair of jeans or pants that you don’t mind getting rid of, and then double-check if they still fit. One of the most important steps to making your jeans into shorts is to measure the length that you want ahead of time—check the measurements while wearing the pants because the cut will look completely different when they are lying flat on the ground. Here are a few other helpful tips onhow to properly cut your jeans into shorts so that you wear them all summer long, instead of throwing them into the back of your closet:
- Only use fabric scissors to cut the legs of your jeans
- Angle the two cuts diagonally to create a more flattering shape
- For a distressed look, use sandpaper and tweezers to make patches and fray edges
- Homemade Beach Bag
A sturdy and fashionable bag is a must-have for summer because it’s handy for your trips to the beach and picnics in the park. You can make your own beach bag in a single afternoon so that you can fill it with books, towels, swimsuits, snacks and bottles of sunscreen the very next day. All you will need is fabric for the lining and the shell, cord, scissors, measuring tape, threadand a functional sewing machine.
- Revamped Sun Hat
A floppy straw hat is a summer staple for the days when you’re relaxing on the dock of a lakeside cottage. Here are some simple designs that you can do with craft paint to give your hat a new makeover:
- A thick gold band along the top rim
- An ombre or rainbow pattern on the bottom rim
- Stamped or printed pastel shapes like polka dots
Get ready to don your breezy crochet tank top, freshly-cut jean shorts and your colorful sunhat, along with your homemade bag stuffed with essentials, on your next trip to a sandy beach. With these spectacular DIY crafts, you will be more than ready for whatever summer has to throw at you.