DIY Summer Clothing and Accessory Tutorials

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It’s summer and it is hot outside! But just because it’s hot doesn’t mean you can’t look good and have fun doing it! Here are a few diy fashion projects for updating your summer wardrobe with a bit a fun style – from summer clothing to fun summer fashion accessories!

DIY Home Decor Crafts for Spring

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Want to brighten up your home for spring? You don’t need to give the rooms in your house a major facelift. Instead, try crafting a few new accessories that are both bright and beautiful to bring some cheer to dark corners and focal points. Not only are these projects easy, they are so beautiful your friends will think you bought these awesome accessories rather than crafting them yourself! Following are ten simple ways to update your home decor.

DIY Wine Tumbler Vase from I Don’t Know How She Does It
Spring flowers brighten up any space! Create several vases with a designer look from wine tumblers with the tutorial for a textured vase from I Don’t Know How She Does It!
DIY Clay Petal Vase from Centsational Girl
If you’re crafty with clay, use some lightweight stone clay to update an old, boring vase with petal flowers! You can go bold with a solid white finish, or paint the vase and flowers complimentary colors to match your existing decor. The tutorial can be found at Centsational Girl.
DIY Green and White Dresser from The Ridiculous Redhead
Update a boring, brown dresser by making it over in bright colors and patterns. This would look great in a bedroom or even in living room or dining room. Drawers don’t just have to be for clothes. They can also hold dvd’s or dishes and flatware! See how it was done at The Ridiculous Redhead.
DIY Hanging Book Display from Penny Carnival
For even more storage without comprising floor space, try crafting these fabric wall mounted bookshelves. Use bright colored fabric for spring and summer and change out the fabric for fall and winter. Or just switch it up whenever you want a fresh look! It’s great in practically any room. You can find the tutorial for this hanging book display at Penny Carnival.
Organic Bloom Frames from Small and Chic Home
Been trying to decide just how to display your favorite family photos? Paint wooden frames in bright colors rather than sticking to plain black, store bought styles and hang them in groups on empty walls. There are some great framing ideas at Small and Chic Home featuring frames from Organic Bloom that you can purchase if you’re unable to source wood frames with flair on your own.
DIY 15-Minute Pillow Covers from The Full Moxie
Update your couch with something as simple as bright, new pillow covers. You can grab the tutorial for making your own diy 15-minute pillow covers at The Full Moxie.
DIY Colorful Wooden Floor Mat from Lowe’s Creative Ideas
Or, simply brighten up the entrance to your home with a diy wooden floor mat. You can find out how to make this colorful floor mat at Lowe’s Creative Ideas.
DIY Embellished Tea Towels from Hardly Housewives
Update your boring kitchen towels with some simple fabric embellishments using the tutorial at Hardly Housewives. They’ll look pretty even when they get left out and you can craft new colors for every season. You can also craft some colorful DIY tea towels from flour sacks and fabric markers using the tutorial at Skip to My Lou.
Easy Cabinet Updates from Better Homes & Gardens
Or create a more drastic change to your kitchen by updating your kitchen cabinets. There are number of ways to do this from metal inserts to chalkboard paint. Better Homes & Gardens offers 25 simple ways to update your cabinets DIY style.
DIY Paper Lantern from Design Sponge
Changing out your light fixtures or updating your lighting with new accent lamps or chandeliers is another great way to add a small, decorative touch. These sculptural paper orb lights are made using coffee filters and cupcake liners. Find out how to make these decorative paper lanterns at Design Sponge.
For more DIY home decorating ideas, visit my For the Home and Jonesing for Crafts Boards on Pinterest. How do you add an updated look to the rooms in your home with little to no effort?

DIY Legwarmers – A Fashion Statement for Fall

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I loved legwarmers in the 80s not because they were a fashion statement, but because they kept my legs extra warm when playing outside in the snow. I was a kid then though, and by the time the 90s and high school hit, they’d gone out of style. Fortunately, they’ve come back with a sexy creative DIY twist from some very talented handmade gurus in styles you’d never be too embarrassed to wear. Plus, they’re a snap to make yourself from upcycled clothing!
Upcycled Woman’s Clothing Leg Warmers from cutrag
I found these super fun and funky, eco-friendly upcycled legwarmers today at cutrag on etsy. Made from recycled and vintage clothing, these legwarmers would look great with a skirt and boots and are the perfect trend for fall and the upcoming winter season! And, if you’re the crafty sort, you can make your own diy legwarmers from old shirts and sweaters yourself with either a sewing machine or just a needle and thread. Here are a few creative ideas on the web for making your own handmade legwarmers.
DIY Leg Warmers from Promise Tangeman
How to Make Legwarmers or Boot Socks from Made By Lex
DIY Reconstruction: Sweater Into Legwarmers from Crochet Clouds
You can also make legwarmers out of socks with holes in the toes or any thrift store socks you find that have a pattern you love.
Do you love legwarmers? And have you made a pair of your own yet? If so, what type of material did you use?

DIY Steampunk Inspired Sweater Spats – Upcycle a Little Fresh Fall Fashion

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With the buzz of fall in the air and Halloween just around the corner, I was psyched to find this simple diy project for crafting your own upcycled sweater spats!

These wildly stylish steampunk inspired DIY spats are made by recycling that thrift store sweater – or any sweater hidden in the back of your closet that just doesn’t fit properly any more. The embroidered skull design makes them a great pair for a Halloween costume, but you can substitute the skulls for any embroidery design or even a patch and wear these through the fall and winter seasons. You can find the full tutorial for this project over at Urban Threads.
Looking for more upcycled diy clothing? Then be sure to check out the tutorial for a long sleeve embellished t-shirt with multi-layered flowers from make it and love it. It’s also perfect for the fall fashion season. Also be sure to check out my Fashion Forward DIY Board on Pinterest!

15 Fabulous DIY Purses for Fall

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Fall is creeping up. What better way to celebrate a seasonal change than to craft a new seasonal accessory? Here are a few of my favorite DIY projects for making purses and pouches that are perfect for autumn or any season you happen to be falling for.
Cute Japanese Coin Purse from the Purl bee
Craft a cute coin purse from your fabric fall fabric! The Japanese Coin Purse tutorial from the Purl bee shows you how to make this handmade coin purse with ease. Plus it’s small enough you can make it with or without a sewing maching!
Reversible Purse from Martha Stewart
This DIY Reversible Purse from Martha Stewart will fit any season! Make it functional for two seasons by using a spring colored fabric on one side and an autumn patterned fabric on the other!
The Grandview Bag Tutorial from The Boy Trifecta
I love this ruffled purse for fall from The Boy Trifecta. It’s feminine and chic and would go perfectly with your favorite fall outfit. Or go simple with boot cut jeans, a turtleneck, and leather boots. The bag makes the outfit every time.
Art Supply Pouch Tutorial from Whip Up
These Art Supply Pouches from Whip Up make going back to school more stylish than ever. Craft your own for your kids or yourself for stylish craft supply organization that will make your friends jealous.
Plenty of Pockets Tote from Sew4Home
The perfect tote for fall with plenty of pockets, this Plenty of Pockets Tote from Sew4Home makes keeping up with your devices and reading material a snap! It’s terrific for the office or going back to school.
And a few other diy purse craft projects I’ve fallen in love with:
For more great diy fashion accessory and clothing ideas you can make to wear or compliment your wardrobe, be sure to follow my Fashion Forward DIY Board on Pinterest! What’s your favorite accessory for fall?