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Three clever DIYs that will keep you on trend this spring

Staying on top of the ever-evolving trends can be both exhausting and expensive. Few of us have the resources to change our wardrobe as much as the stores swap out styles, but a few easy projects will have you looking totally fresh for spring with these trendy and affordable DIYs. 

Embroidered Jeans

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Tools/Materials

  • Pair of jeans
  • Iron-on appliques
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Pins (optional)
  • Cloth

 
Directions

  1. Lay down appliques on jeans in desired pattern.  Optional: pin down and try them on – just try not to poke yourself!
  2. Using your iron on a low heat setting (no steam) and a piece of cloth/fabric as a barrier, press down for 10-15 seconds just to tack the appliques down.
  3. Turn the jeans inside out and press directly onto the back of the fabric for 20-25 seconds or until the appliques are set.

What to Wear it With
Top, Winners, $19.99
Vest, ZARA, $49.90
Bag, H&M, $34.99
Jeans, Old Navy, $39.99
Shoes, Marshalls, $499.99
 
 
Cold Shoulder Dress Shirt

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Tools/Materials

  • Mens’ buttoned shirt
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Iron & ironing board (optional)
  • Elastic band
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine/needle & matching

 
Directions

  1. Lay the shirt on a flat surface and cut a straight line across the shoulders.
  2. Optional: turn the cut edge inwards about a ¼” and iron down if you want a clean hem (you won’t see this part.)
  3. Measure an elastic band around your shoulders and cut it about an inch longer.  Sew the 1 inch overlap down with a couple zig zag stitches on a sewing machine or hand sew until it forms a circle.  It doesn’t have to be pretty – just sturdy!
  4. Mark the halfway point of your elastic circle with a marker, and then the quarter points.  Lay the elastic on the inside edge of the shirt and pin these four points to the front, back, and two sides of the shirt.  It’s okay if the shirt is wider than the elastic.
  5. Sew the top of the elastic to the top of the shirt, pulling on the elastic as you go around. 
  6. Fold the elastic inside the shirt and sew vertically along the elastic at any shirt seams.  This will hold the elastic down into place without having to sew all the way around again. 

What to Wear it With
Shirt, H&M, $19.99
Necklace, H&M, $19.99
Bag, H&M, $19.99
Vintage Belt, Stylists own
Pants, ZARA, $49.90
Shoes, ZARA, $69.90
 
 
Pom Pom Heels

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Tools/Materials

  • Heels with ankle and toe strap
  • Craft pom poms (I used a mixture of 1” and ¾”)
  • Glue gun
  • Faux leather cording, enough for 2 ankle straps (optional)
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Four tassels (optional)

 
Directions

  1. Arrange pom poms in desired colour pattern.  I used three larger pom poms spaced out with two smaller ones in-between.
  2. Glue them down individually on the toe strap with a glue gun.
  3. If desired, switch out the ankle strap for faux leather cording (measure and wrap around your ankle for the correct length).  Tie tassels on the ends of the cording for an extra flair!

What to Wear it With
Top, Top Shop, $31.20
Scarf, Public Butter Vintage, $10
Skirt, Winners, $29.99
Shoes, H&M, $29.99
Bag, Winners, $35.99