Creative Ways to Update Kids' Clothes

Pom-Poms
Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski
Easy clothing makeovers that you and your kids can pull off with style.
Photograph by Priscilla Gragg
Photograph by Priscilla Gragg

Cute Collars!

Make any outfit party-perfect with our no-sew embellished collars.

First, use the link below to download our collar template. Cut the shape from felt and trim the edge with pinking shears, if you like. With tacky glue, add decorations such as pom-pom trim, plastic gems, and lace. Cut two 20-inch lengths of ribbon and glue an inch or so of each length under an end of the collar. Or glue cord along the inside edge of the collar, leaving about 1 foot of excess on each end for tying.

Need a particular color for your collar? Find dozens of shades of wool felt at purlsoho.com

Originally published in the December/January 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski
Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

Accessor-eyes!

This shoe-decorating idea is truly visionary. To get the look, use strong glue (we like Crafter's Pick The Ultimate!) to attach googly eyes to sneakers with rubber cap toes, such as Converse. For the strongest bond, make sure each eye lies flat without overlapping. Let the glue dry and get ready for some second glances.

Originally published in the September 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Sabrina Helas
Sabrina Helas

Stuck On T-Shirts

Place newspaper or a piece of cardboard inside a prewashed, ironed T-shirt to keep the paint from bleeding through. Tape down the shirt at its shoulders and hem. Firmly adhere lengths of painter's tape to the shirt, using them as outlines for the areas you'll paint. With a sponge brush, dab fabric paint onto the shirt. After the paint dries, carefully peel off the tape. Set the paint according to the package directions.

Originally published in the June/July 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski
Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

Add Cute Stripes to Old Jeans

Turn your kids' denim from flood waters to fabulous capris with some no-sew hemming and painting.

Not ready to throw away your kids' clothes or uncertain what to do with an unwanted crib bumper? These innovative parent hacks can give your kids' items a whole new life.

Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski
Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

A Monster Patch for Jeans

Use fabric, thread, and a bit of imagination to mend a torn knee.

Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski
Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

Make a Thought Bubble T-Shirt

Repurpose an old t-shirt into an adorable statement piece, complete with a customizable thought bubble for your child to express himself!

Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski
Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

Turn a T-Shirt Into a Stylish Scarf

This funky, fringed fashion accessory can be made in a flash from two or three adult-size tees.

Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski
Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

Pretty Pom-Pom Projects

Use this everyday craft supply to make fashionable jewelry or add charming trim to a plain outfit.

Originally published in the April 2013 issue of FamilyFun

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