Big jewelry straight out of the 1980’s is having a HUGE moment this year. The bigger, the better – covered with plexi and acrylic, chunky bold shapes, and glittering rhinestones – anything goes right now. I saw these earrings for sale in a store during my last trip to Tokyo this Summer – and decided to DIY them with some materials I already had on hand. Clear acrylic for accessories is hard to come by – so I just repurposed an old photo-frame for my main material. Here’s how:
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Aiko Miyako started her blog Hapy Friends Shoppe last year, sharing DIY tutorials for adorable plushies and sweet, lacy pieces that look so pretty paired with pastels and structured blazers. Today she is joining us to share her DIY for a Laced-up Sunday Tee here on Chic Steals. It’s a great project to breathe life into an old T-shirt or tanktop and give it a bit of feminine flair. Take it away, Aiko!
Before and After of the T-Shirt
Why hello there everyone! My name is Aiko and I am going to share a simple DIY project perfect for Sundays! We will be making this sweet looking laced up T-Shirt. This is a simple project and is a great way to recycle old pieces and turn them into something new. Lace is a beautiful accessory to add to your plain T-shirts and dresses as it gives a romantic, vintage feel which I absolutely adore. This method can be re-created on longer T-shirts depending on preference.
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Things you will need: Old T-Shirt (short or long) / Scrap lace / Scissors / Needle / Thread in the similar colors to your fabric / Pearl beads
1.) Prepare any kind of T-shirt preferably a plain one. I used an old cropped tee I had lying around. Straighten the T-shirt out, leaving it flat on the floor.
2.) Prepare some scrap lace. In my case, I used scrap lace I had from a previous project. You will want to measure out the lace slightly more than the width of your T-shirt.
3.) Leave your shirt right side up and we are ready to start sewing.
4.) Line the lace parallel with the bottom of your T-shirt and sew 2cm (about 3/4″) above the bottom. Remember to hem the edges so that you have a neat line. (sewing machine only)
5.) If you are hand-sewing the lace on, grab both ends as shown in picture 5. Sew right at the bottom, using blanket stitching. This is a simple and fast method of hand sewing two pieces together and it creates a sturdy finish.
6.) Now let’s create some pretty pleats. Depending on how intricate you want your pleats to be, space them out and start folding the lace as shown in the picture. Sew onto the fold and you are done! Make sure you snip off any excess and hem the edges of the lace.
7.) This is what you should have once you are done with the lace. I only sewed lace on the front side of the T-shirt to give it some edge and left the back bare.
8.) Let’s pretty up this T-shirt. I used pearl beads to create fake buttons and sewed them on by hand using a back-stitch.
9.) Finally, I took some remaining scrap lace, folded it in half, and placed it at the top of the T-shirt. Sew it on using a back stitch and voila! You are done.
Pair this blouse with a pair of distressed jeans shorts for some edge, slap on a straw hat and be on your way to a perfect Sunday picnic by the lake!
Thank you so much gorgeous people for having me here! It has been a blast!
Aiko Miyako has been blogging and sharing videos on Youtube for a little over a year now under the name Hapy Friends Shoppe. Her blog is built around fashion and craft, starting off with sharing little plush projects on her blog and YouTube channel. Once that took off, she decided to add more content to her blog by posting outfits inspired by the things around her. She adores fashion and DIY projects because she is able to share the things that she loves in hopes to inspire others.
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Today my tutorial for a DIY Summer Net Bag (made from a men’s T-shirt) is up on the London Times blog. Check it out, dust off your cord-knotting AKA macrame skills, and make your own mesh Summer beach bag!
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Music festival season is in full swing…and now is a great time to refresh some of your old faves in the closet and get them ready for the circuit! Here are some on-trend festival fashion DIY’s that can get you ready to rock out in a flash:
How about some DIY Suede Fringed Gladiator Sandals? So easy using suede fringe by-the-yard!
Turn a men’s t-shirt into a DIY Chain-and-Bead Halter Dress. Stitch on another tube of fabric to the bottom and you have a maxi-dress, or leave it short for a cute festival look or pool cover-up.
Layer on lace with my DIY Lace Top to Lace Vest tutorial. Looks especially cool layered over denim!
Make your own sheer DIY Lace Maxi-Skirt…From a Curtain for super-cheap (mine cost $2.99 for the lace curtain from Goodwill!)…even cheaper if you already have lace lying around.
While on the subject of lace…you could also attach lace to your boots for a pair of DIY Lace-Covered Boots to pretty up your steps.
And speaking of boots, you can also DIY your own version of those Ann Demeulemeester Lace-Up Boots, as long as you can find the base boots to poke holes into.
A DIY Bra Strap Headband is a great way to re-use an old bra strap – and adorned with a fancy pin, it looks equal parts boho glam and Art Deco festive.
Jazz up a tote bag with studs and fringe to make a DIY Biker Babe Fringed Tote. Coordinating biker dude sold separately.
Everyone needs a scarf to accessorize at a festival. Try my DIY Necklush tutorial, or my DIY Leopard No-Sew Scarf from a T-Shirt tutorial.
Go the flower child route and make a pair of DIY Flowered Ballet Flats. Just a hot glue gun and some lace scraps and fake flowers are all you need.
If you’re up for a challenge, why not recon a guy’s button-down into a hot little DIY Jumpsuit Romper?
Or into a DIY Cute Summer ShirtDress? Totally festival- (and warm weather-) worthy.
Every outfit needs accessories too…and you can raid your fabric or home furnishings store for these DIY Curtain Rings to Boho Bangles.
And finally, you can also DIY your own Festival-ready Customized Rucksack with Kate’s Closet on ASOS. An oldie but a goodie! 😉
Are you guys looking forward to DIY’ing anything for any upcoming festivals or events you’re attending?