Perhaps you’ve never picked up a glue gun or maybe you’ve already started to dabble in DIY, but either way, simple fashion projects can work wonders for your closet. Some tutorials seem intimidating, but remember: You have to start somewhere! Even if you work on small projects, the practice quickly adds up. Projects that require little to no sewing are especially well suited for novice crafters. Need help getting started? Check out our list of easy DIYs for beginners.
1. No-Sew Pocket T-Shirt
A patterned pocket transforms even the most basic T-shirt into a statement piece, and this DIY shows you how to do it. It requires no sewing skills, making it a great project for the blossoming DIYer. Once you finish one, you could find yourself making a pocket for everything!
2. No-Sew Patchwork Jeans
Take a tip from the runway and dress up your jeans with this designer-inspired DIY. Despite the mix of denim scraps, your jeans will match everything and anything. Fusible webbing tape and an iron makes this project possible, no sewing needed.
3. Lace-Trimmed Plaid Top
Do you have an old shirt or five hiding in the back of your closet? We’re right there with you. Turn them into fun and flirty lace-trimmed tops with this easy no-sew project. With a healthy dose of fabric glue, you’re already halfway there.
4. 1 Yard, 2 Scarves
Once you’re ready to take on some sewing, try your hand at making two scarves from one yard of fleece. The first version requires only simple straight stitches, while the second doesn’t even require sewing. Forgiving fleece doesn’t fray, making it extremely easy to work with.
5. Sweater Leg Warmers
As you continue to hone your sewing skills, try upcycling an old sweater into a pair of cozy leg warmers. This tutorial uses both machine and hand sewing, providing great practice for both techniques. You’ll also learn how to sew a button to fabric.
6. Jeweled Fleece Head Wrap
With just a few stitches, you can turn leftover fleece into a cozy and chic accessory. Making a head wrap from remnants will show you just how useful scraps can be for smaller projects. This DIY also re-purposes a vintage brooch, letting you add a unique touch to your creation.
7. Lace-Back Button-Down
Once you’ve learned how to sew in a straight line, you can turn an old men’s shirt into a feminine layering piece. We chose lace for our version, but you can also use an old scarf or printed shirt for a different look. This DIY is fairly simple, but can still make quite the impact.
8. Knotted Chain Necklace
If you’re just starting to make jewelry, try this awesome stash-buster project. Simply gather those random chains and combine them into a statement necklace. You’ll get excellent practice working with jump rings and various types of chain.
9. Reusable Shoe Clips
Taking on your first shoe project doesn’t mean you need to make a pair from scratch. These reusable shoe clips are ideal for switching up the look of shoes that you already own. Because the DIY requires you to take apart old earrings ad buttons, you’ll learn about the structure of different components.