How to Customize Your Clothing

Are your clothes blending in with the crowd? Do you want to make a statement? This article will give you ideas on how to make your bland clothes pop!


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    Get your materials ready. Go through your closet and take out the clothes you wish to customize. Don't grab everything in your closet that is plain; sometimes you need a few basics. Look for things that are torn, sized too big or too small, and things that just seem too drab. Get glitter, ribbons, sequins, grommets, lace, scissors, buttons, and any other odds and ends that would work to customize your clothes. If you can sew or know how to do some basic sewing, feel free to grab various fabric.
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    Decide on what you want to do. You can completely change a shirt by cutting off the sleeves and neckline (and creating a tank top), cutting up fabric and retying it, making it off the shoulder, or cutting and retying the sleeves; there are so many options! Those plain jeans shorts could be a creation of art by attaching sequins, ribbons, and buttons randomly! Grommets can be used in a lot of ways; attach a cluster of them or put two rows of them and lace through like a corset. Take a skirt and add another fabric pattern to it. Cut off the pant legs of a pair of pants, turn them into shorts, and rub a nail file or a pocketknife across areas to make small tears in them. Be creative; look at the picture in this step. Notice how she took some simple cargo-like shorts, added lace and other material to the ends of the shorts, and piled fabric upon fabric in the back to give the appearance of a bustle skirt. You could do something like this too.
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    Start by outlining what you want to cut (if anything) with fabric chalk. You can find it at most craft stores. While you're there, pick up a pair of fabric cutting scissors, as the kitchen scissors in your draw probably won't work as well. Cut off the parts you planned on cutting off, and save the good scraps! You never know; on another creation they might be useful.
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    Begin adding your accessories. You could do it in a planned out and organized way, or be crazy and random; just let your creativity flow!
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    Once you've finished with that piece, repeat the steps on the next clothing item. The more clothes you customize, the better you will get at it (and the more original your closet will be!).


  • Start collecting an assortment of materials; you'll have more to work with when you begin.
  • Make sure the clothes you customize can be washed without damaging your clothes or your washer/dryer.
  • Set up a day for you and your friends to customize your clothes together so you can share materials, ideas, and have fun!
  • Feel free to take the customizing further, to headbands and hats, shoes, phones, and cases.


  • Don't cut up anything you're afraid to ruin.
  • Once you cut something, there's no going back.
  • Be careful of your fingers.
  • Don't go overboard or copy anyone; only use them as inspiration.

Things You'll Need

  • Beads, buttons, sequins, glitters, pins, grommets, lace, ribbon, and anything else you can use to accessorize.
  • Scissors
  • Clothes that need customizing
  • Ideas and creativity
  • A space to work at
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Fabric (optional)

Article Info

Categories: Crafts | Fashion