I am a sucker for diy projects! I love to take something old that I will never wear again and transform it into something new and modern.
Well this winter some easy projects can turn your old dull winter coat into something new and very stylish. As the temperature is going down we need to dress a little warmer and for those of us who do not want to go out and purchase a new coat you can use these simple tricks to make your's into new.
One of the many trends this season is fur collared coats and fur covered cuffs. This trend can be yours for a few dollars and a needle and tread. Here are a few easy steps to creating this look for yourself
1. Go to your local fabric store (Joann, Michaels, Walmart) and pick up a yard of any type of fur you like.
2. Take a piece of paper and trace your jackets collar
3. Cut out the traced image and pin in to the backside of the fur and cut around it ( this would be easier if you used a cutting wheel on a tracing pad ( so you don't scratch your tables and counters)
4. Take a needle and matching colored thread and use a simple stick to sew the fur onto the exisitng collar.
That is it!! You now have a stylish warm fur collared coat.
Now for the remainder of the fabric you can make your cuffed sleeves.
1. Messure the width of the sleeve, and decide how far up the sleeve you would like the cuff to go.
2. Once you have done that take a piece of paper and draw two straight lines parrell to each other as long as the width of the sleeve.
3. Next draw two lines parrell to each other on the ends of the first two lines (making a rectangle) as high as you want the cuffs to be.
4. Once you have messured drawn out the pattern then cut it out and pin to the back side of the fur and cut.
5. Take a needle and matching colored thread and sew the cuffs onto the bottom of your sleeves.
Presto! you have fur covered sleeves and collar!
Now many of us are admiring the millitary like buttons and embelishments that have been popping up all over winter coats this season and last. Well another easy project to do on a cold November day!
For this all you need are some great buttons and any other kinds of embelishments you like. You can find these at Joann, Micheals, or even your local army surplus and good will stores. Another great place to find such things are vintage stores.
Sewing buttons and embelishments on are simple, take off the old buttons by cutting the thread and sew on the new button in place of it.
When adding embelishments like changes and patches you can add them where ever your heart desires to create that one of a kind look.
One last way to add to your exisiting coat or jacket is to add a belt!
Check back later for more tips on transforming your old things into new creations!
Under Cover Fashion Lover