Our fashion choices show off our individuality. Whether you prefer dark, gothic clothing, something pastel and cutesy, or a refined and elegant look, there are plenty of options available for you on online stores and in brick-and-mortar boutiques. But plain, store-bought clothes can put a damper on your uniqueness. They’re usually factory-made and might not quite have the ‘oomph’ you were looking for. Thankfully, there’s a whole list of simple, inexpensive ways to modify your own clothing. These creative ways to customize your clothes will help you express your personality through the way you dress.
Have Fun With HTV
You can use heat transfer vinyl (HTV) to add unique designs, including simple patterns, a monogram, or even custom art to your clothing. For premade HTV designs, check out your local craft store or shop online. You can also make your own from scratch. If you’re a beginner to HTV, you might have problems with your HTV peeling. Luckily, identifying the reason they’re peeling and fixing it is usually easy.
Get Creative With Paint
Painting your clothes can be a fun, creative way to modify them. You don’t want to use just any kind of paint, though, so hold off on grabbing your acrylics and watercolor! With fabric paint, you can customize your jeans, jackets, shirts, and more. Use a paintbrush or foam brush to paint on the clothing. You can use stencils, a reference, or draw freehand.
Add Ribbons, Zipper, and Patches
Another creative way to customize your clothes is to add embellishments. Adding ribbons, zippers, and patches can instantly transform your clothing’s appearance. You can sew bows onto an open-back sweater, the pocket of a T-shirt or jacket, or onto the belt loops of your shorts or pants. Zippers are a bit more complicated. To add a zipper, cut a slit where you’d like the zipper to go. Line the zipper up with the cut edges and sew it in place. It might take a few tries to get a fully functional zipper, but it’s well worth the effort! Using leftover fabric to accessorize your clothing is a great way to add a pop of color, reuse scraps from your latest sewing project, or turn old fabric into something new.