2 Fun Ways to Refashion Clothes: DIY Cold-Shoulder Top & Fringe Jeans

DIY by Ruffa
by DIY by Ruffa
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5 Hours

Here’s a fun tutorial for you on how to refashion clothes. It’s super simple and great for beginners who want to learn to upcycle.

I’ll be transforming this simple blouse into an open-shoulder top and sprucing up this old pair of jeans. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Chalk
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
Shirt and jeans before the refashion

Here's the outfit before the transformation

DIY cold-shoulder top

Cutting off the top of the shirt

1. Cut the top

Cut out the top shoulder section from your blouse. Be sure to draw a straight line across the blouse. 

Pinning the edges to hem

2. Pin the raw edges

Turn the blouse right sides facing, fold the top raw edge over twice and pin all around.

Snipping the shoulder seam

3. Sew the shoulder seam

Snip into the side shoulder seam so that the fold is neater at the edges. 

Sewing the new top

Then, stitch the fold to secure it in place. 

DIY refashion clothes ideas

This is what it should look like. 

Making straps for the cold-shoulder top

4. Make the straps

Use the back part of the cut-out shoulder piece to make the spaghetti straps. Use a ruler, and be sure to draw straight lines. 

Cutting out fabric for the straps

Then, cut two equally sized straps. 

How to make straps

Fold each edge inward and then fold the whole strip in half. 

Sewing the straps

Pin along the edge and stitch. 

Attaching the straps to the top

5. Attach the straps

Measure your open-shoulder top and make equal markings on either side. This is where you’ll attach the spaghetti straps. 

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To know the right height and fit of the straps, wear the top and pin each end accordingly. 

Hand-sewing the straps

Head back to your workstation and hand-sew the straps. 

DIY cold-shoulder top

Here’s the finished look! What do you think of this lovely open-shoulder top? I love how the sleeves drape off my shoulders.

DIY fringe jeans

Next up, we will fringe this classic pair of jeans.

Measuring the bottom of the jeans

1. Measure where the fringe will go

Measure from the bottom how high you want the fringe to be. Fold your jean legs on top of each other for this step so that both legs are symmetrical.

Cutting the jeans

2. Cut the jeans

Next, take a pair of scissors and cut into the jeans from the bottom up. Cut a few frills, as shown. 

Making the fringe

3. Pull the thread to make the fringe

Using a fine needle, start fringing your pants. Start at the bottom raw edge and pull the threads to separate from each other at the bottom. Pull out the threads as you go along.

Twisting the fringe

4. Twist

Then, twist each piece. This step is easy but is a little time-consuming. So, be sure to do this DIY when you know you’ll have enough time on your hands. 

DIY fringe jeans

Clothing DIY and refashion ideas

Refashion clothes

What do you think of this boho-style fringed look? I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you have a good idea of how to refashion clothes the easy way!

The next time you want to throw out your used items, think twice about it and see if you can transform them into something trendy and cool. 

Suggested materials:
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  • Scissors
  • Ruler
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  • Doreen Kennedy Doreen Kennedy on Jan 29, 2022

    I love your refashion outfit. The blouse is adorable and the fringe detail on your jeans is especially nice.

  • Roberta D Treichel Roberta D Treichel on Jan 30, 2022

    I like what you did with the top. You may now consider yourself a good enough seamstress to justify the purchase of a grown-up sewing machine! Just teasing...you did a great job with the tools you have.