Up-cycling and repairing: Turning boring into glam

I have always enjoyed up-cycling and creating  something new out of something old. Whether it be an rather boring pair of jeans that need some pizazz, or in this case a shirt that has a hole in it that you may think is garbage, you can turn anything boring into something glam!

Why toss something simply because it is old or needs repair? There are so many ways   glam it up, the possibilities are endless! Today we have a solid color tank top that has a hole in the front , and sewing knit fabric that is not on a seam is nearly impossible without having it bunch.

To start you will need the following supplies including the item you want to repair or “dress up” In this case we are sewing on stretch knit jersey so it is best to use the same type of fabric so all seams are smooth and not bunchy:


Next take your paper pattern previously cut out( you can use any shape you like and cut it from paper) and place on fabric. Pin if you’d like, I  prefer to freehand this simple and small pattern:


Next, pin your fabric to whatever are you’d like( in this case I am covering a hole):


Next take one of your small eyelets and position it face-down to the first area it will go in( I chose the bottom point of the heart):


Using your finger to hold it down, turn your clothing over to show the wrong side, and pull the fabric taut over the back of the eyelet. Using a seam ripper, tear a small hole where the fabric has settled flat over the eyelet, make SURE it is a tiny hole, especially if your fabric is stretchy. It will stretch over the eyelet, and you can’t make it smaller, but you can always make it bigger. It should look like this once pushed through the hole you’ve cut:


Now take your eyelet tool(widely available at any craft or fabric store, or online), take the flatter small piece and lay it on a hard surface, ridged side up:


Lay the eyelet you’ve just pushed through your fabric right side down on the flat head. The eyelet should fit nicely in the ridge. Using the large part of your eyelet tool, place it ridge side down, letting it rest in between the prongs of the eyelet:



Using your hammer, hammer the top of the eyelet tool firmly, checking the prongs every 2,3 hits. It is important that you do not hit to hard and keep checking your work. If it is to hard it will distort the eyelets and ruin your project. If it is to loose the eyelets will fall out. I recommend practicing on a piece of scrap fabric first to get the hang of it. Eyelets are cheap; the small ones average $4.50 for 100.  Continue putting in your eyelets, spacing them evenly, not getting to close to the edge. When you are done, it should look like this:


The reason you should not go to close to the edge is because it is best to try and sew the edges of your pattern with embroidery thread for stronger reinforcement.I recommend using 3 strands of embroidery thread as it will prove to be longer lasting. Feel free to just use a regular straight stitch when sewing.

Now go out and enjoy this new fashion you’ve created! I am certain all your friends will be asking where you got this adorable up-cycled awesomeness, and you can proudly tell them it was  handmade by you!


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