I'll admit it: it's been 16 years since I started kindergarten, but I still remember the very first thrill of going back-to-school shopping with my mom. New pencils, Lisa Frank unicorn folders, a fresh box of crayons, cute new shoes, a darling winter coat... All through school - and well into adulthood, thank you, graduate school - this annual guilty pleasure sustained me with things I needed, convinced myself I needed, things I just wanted and had no other excuse to buy, and sometimes even just purchased because I have a shopping problem out of civic duty to the economic recovery.
You're welcome, America. We all do our part.
But if you're like me, sometimes helping the economy rebound just isn't in the checkbook. And sometimes, even the prices at Target or the Base or Post Exchange are jaw-dropping.* Enter: your friendly Internet! Pressed to make something new out of the things you already have lying around? Here adorable fix-ups for worn and torn items that will sparkle them up to back-to-school new.
bunch of different sample monsters you can recreate at home, and you have to admit: this little guy is way better than just a boring old patch. I'm pretty tempted to do this to a pair of my own jeans, and thanks to the fashion industry's firm belief that any pair of jeans under $30 should be sold with rips and tears already in them, it won't be a problem finding a hole to patch up. Maybe I'll do this tiny owl instead! (via Refashion Co-Op)
If you've got a little girl in your house, upcycle one daddy's older button-down shirts into a super cute back-to-school pillowcase dress.homecoming! (If you hate sewing but love upcycling, this DIY is still for you. It's really easy. Meet your new best friend: iron-on adhesive.)
I also really like these DIY game day dresses for the older girls (or moms) in your house.DIY Dinosaur sweatshirt? Snow White hoodie?
So while everyone else is standing in that hour-long line breaking the bank yet again, upcycle awesome instead. Do you have any go-to tricks for turning old into new?
* Really, Target? Am I missing something? Who spends $1.5k on diamond earrings and goes to TARGET to get them? Target, I love you. I really do. But mostly for $15 leggings. On that note, have you spent any time perusing the PX online? Did you know they sell a $45,000 diamond engagement ring? THE PX.
Uhhh... sorry economy. But on these paychecks? We just can't shoulder that one.
** I cannot honestly tell you this is actually easy. The pictures and tutorial make it LOOK easy. I will ruin one of my own sweaters and let you know. Until then, if anyone knows what felting is, please explain whether or not this is like attempting to climb Mt. Everest in the craft world.