DIY mishaps happen to even the best of us. However, there are a few easy steps you can take to avoid damaging your clothes if your DIY experiment is unsuccessful. (Hint: These tips will also help you use the same clothes for different DIY ideas without leaving a trace of previous DIY projects)
- Pins, pins, and more pins
Before and while you cut or sew, always use pins. Pins can help you hold the fabric together. The more pins, the better, especially since some of them may fall or get misplaced during your DIY adventures. Since I use them quite a bit, I was very happy with this cute little gadget to keep them all organized in one place.
- Wear before sewing
Always put on the clothes before you start re-designing them. Sometimes a creative design may not look so great once it is completed. Use pins to mock up the modifications you want to make to your clothes and check if they look as good as you thought they would.
- Hand stitch first
Some of you know their way around the sewing machine and its functions. If you are planning on using a sewing machine for a DIY clothing project, it may be a good idea to start with a loose hand stitch. This will give you an idea of how the clothing will look after the project is completed, without any strong stitches. If you do not like what you see, you can easily remove the stitches and try again. Getting rid of sewing machine stitches is a lot trickier than removing hand-made stitches.
- Use colorful tape to help with straight stitches
If you are working with a sewing machine, you can use colorful tape (that is not too strong) to mark a straight line next to your stitch. This line will serve as a guide while you are sewing.
- Sew on the lining when possible
My DIY projects often involve sewing lace or beads on the hemline or neckline of clothes. To hide the stitches, I always try to sew on the lining. This is usually possible if you are making DIY straps or adding some length to a dress by sewing lace on the hemline. If possible, try to sew on the lining to preserve the visible fabric of the clothes.
- Use tiny scissors or seam ripper to get rid of stitches
Finally, if you are unhappy with your DIY result, you can use tiny thin scissors (I use curved nail scissors) to remove stitches. Another really neat thing is the seam riper. I got mine from the grocery store for a couple of dollars and I love it.
After all, the point of a DIY project is to have fun and express your personal style in a unique way. Even if the end result is not perfect – don’t despair – be creative and enjoy your DIY adventures, because there is nothing better than wearing something you created yourself. Below are some things I found helpful when starting out: