It’s been a week full of DIY around the Internet!  (Or maybe I’ve just been exceptionally diligent in my daily DIY searching???)  Well, judge for yourself…

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I think maturing enough to learn to not judge yourself through other people’s standards is a pretty hefty feat.  I still struggle with it!  So onto DIY…

Honestly, WTF shared an upcycle for Earth Day: their DIY Market Bag, made from an old t-shirt.  I love the update of adding a fringe to the bottom – very boho chic!

Fix all those busted-out knees in your jeans once and for all…by adding fabric scraps peeking through the holes instead of covering them up. Our Designed Life has the how-to here.  (photo from StyleSpotting)

Adventures in Dressmaking posted Mending and Makeovers where she took a dress and a tunic she doesn’t wear, and converted them into shirts.  A great way to refresh garments that you don’t wear anymore!

Urban Outfitters is sponsoring an Urban Renewal DIY Contest – where you can share a project that is “remade” from a pair of pants, a skirt, a dress etc. Enter now!

Get some great ideas on how to DIY Your Own Sunglasses from Broke Ass Stuart.  The name of this blog totally made me LOL, but there’s some excellent ideas in there! (photo from

Frugal Fashion Addict posted her lovely DIY Vanessa Bruno earrings.  They remind me of some DIY flowered earrings I mad based on some I’d been seeing in Japan back in 2008.  Frugal Fashion Addict, we are definitely thinking along the same lines!!;-)

I love this crafty-cool Art Supply Pouch tutorial from Cheez Beeper Bebe.  Imagine making them not just for pens and pencils, but how about for DIY tools?  Sewing supplies?  Makeup?  Or even making a zippered clutch like all those bloggers have been carrying around recently?  How cute would that be?!

None of my mens’ shirt to tutorials use a pattern since I like to keep things as simple as possible, but you certainly can use a sewing pattern when cutting out the pieces for your dresses or shirts.  Burdastyle member HowJoyful posted her men’s shirt upcycle by using a BurdaStyle pattern for the top half of the dress.  How’s that for ingenious?!

Cocorosa did another pair of embellished tights: this time, using beads that look just like candy sprinkles.  Check it out here!


This DIY Leather Bow Cuff from Melissa Esplin is so cute and whimsical.  I’ve seen so many in Japanese fashion magazines that I’ve been drooling…now need to buy when she’s detailed how to make!  LOVE.


If your project was featured above, feel free to grab a button and share the DIY!

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And since I’m not doing my DIY Roundups anymore, if you have a DIY project, tutorial, or creation that you’d like to see featured on Chic Steals, please email me at carlyjcais at chic-steals dot com – and I’ll try to squeeze it in to one of my Links of the Week posts!



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