Fashion Forward D.I.Y.

Tear up those old clothes, find your old patches, buy yourself a sewing kit and prepare to get crafty.

Text and photographs by Meliss Arteaga, Josselyne Rivas and Saffana Hijaz

Cut Up Turtlenecks

Tools:  Scissors and chalk to mark where you will be cutting.

Step 1: Use the chalk to outline your measurements. Cut off the collar by cutting along the seam. Make sure you are only cutting the front of the collar and not both the collar and the back side, unless you want a pullover look. After you have cut all the way through, stretch the collar (you’ll be doing a lot of this).

Step 2: Cut the long sleeves (optional) at your desired length. Stretch when done.

Step 3: Cut the bottom of the shirt by cutting along the seam, and you’re done!

Edgy T-Shirts

Step 1: Cut off the collar by cutting along the seam.

Step 2: Cut the sleeves halfway or all the way if you want to make it into a tank top (optional)

Step 3: Fold your shirt in half and lineup your shoulder seams if you have them. If you don’t then lineup your arm holes. Smooth the shirt out.

Step 4: With a pencil or chalk, mark where you want your cuts to be from top to bottom. The cuts from the display shirt started from smaller to bigger.

Step 5: Unfold you shirt and stretch each hole and try it on!

Personalized Jean Jacket

Tools: Patches, clothing cutouts, thread (cotton is strongest), needles (thinner needles would work best for a fabric jacket; thicker needles can withstand sewing through denim), pins, patience, and dedication.

Step 1: Lay your jacket flat and coordinate the pieces you want to sew on. Once they are all set, stick a needle or bobby pin through each patch to keep it in place.

Step 2: Iron your patches on if the adhesive is still in good condition. Older patches have less adhesive and need to be sewn on. A basic over and under sewing technique will work fine with most material. (Ironing on patches may burn fabric jackets if not done properly or if the adhesive is not compatible with the fabric.)

Step 3: If you are using designs from old shirts or other clothing items with softer fabric, the over and under sewing technique can be used as well but keep your sewing pattern as close as possible so the design won’t loosen over time.

New Patched Jeans

Tools: Ripped jeans, denim patches or another style of iron-on patches, an ironing board and an iron.

Step 1: Lay your jeans, inside out, on an ironing board.

Step 2: Once laid out, grab your cloth patch and place it on the rip of your jeans.

Step 3: Iron the cloth patch down onto the rip and you’re set with a new pair of jeans.