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Five No Sew Clothing DIYs

no sew clothing DIY

I like crafting as much as the next person but I’m the first to admit that my sewing machine skills and needlework leaves a lot to be desired!  I shared some of my top DIYs for repurposing old clothes a little while ago, and some of these involved sewing, so since then I’ve been on the hunt for some relatively straightforward no sew clothing diys.  I found quite a few good no sew ones and thought I’d share my five favourites with you in case there are any other crafting novices reading along:

No Sew Clothing DIYs

No Sew DIY Elbow Patches 

no sew elbow patch clothing diy

These no-sew elbow patches from the ladies at Honestly WTF are brilliant and are a great way for a crafting novice to add an individual touch to their clothing.

They cleverly use cookie cutters to get the perfect shape:

no sew ladies clothing diy

As well as hearts, you could use any cookie cutter shape – from classic ovals to stars and anything else that catches your fancy.

It would be a great way to cover up any holes on your favourite cardigan or jumper, and to personalise baby tops and vests for a special gift.  I’m thinking dinosaur cookie cutters for this!  Full instructions are over on Honestly WTF.

No Sew DIY T-shirt Pocket

no sew pocket tshirt diy

This cute no-sew pocket diy from Oh The Lovely Things is a great way to bring new life into an old or plain top, or to cover up a stain or hole.  I plan on doing this very very soon!

No Sew Scalloped Shorts

diy no sew scalloped shorts

This DIY for no-sew scalloped shorts from Making Nice In The Midwest is a great and easy way to update some trousers or shorts.  Although it looks complicated (to me!) to get the perfect scallops, it turns out that all you need is a jar lid:

best no sew clothing diys

Genius!

Paint With Bleach

bleach painting easy clothing diy

I love the idea of painting a top with bleach from the crafty girls at A Beautiful Mess.  So striking, yet so simple!  A great way to update a plain top or to disguise a bleach stain on an item of clothing.

DIY No Sew Stud Buttons

no sew diy shirt button tutorial

This is one of the easiest DIYs ever, from A Pair & A Spare.  All you need is a shirt and some studs and you’re good to go.  It’s a great way to liven up a plain shirt, and also when you’ve annoyingly lost a button and can’t find one to match the others – just cover them up with studs!

Will you be trying any of these out?  Or found any other good no sew DIYs?  Do share in the comments below!

Main image from here, all others from the respective blogs.

ps: if you enjoyed this post I’ve put together five more no sew clothing DIYs for you!

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Save Energy With One Simple Step #7

I’m up to tip number seven in my weekly series of how to save energy simply.  If you missed any then you can find all the tips here.

Today we’re going back to the fridge and freezer with tip number seven:

pack your freezer to save energy

Fill For Efficiency.

Is your freezer looking a little bit on the empty side?  Perhaps it’s a few days before you do a food shop and all you’ve got in there is a bag of frozen peas and a tub of indiscriminate contents (we’ve all been there!)?  Or maybe you never really have much food in your freezer to begin with.  Well, you could be pouring energy down the drain.

Freezers work best when they are full.  This is because freezers expend most energy when they have to cool down the warm air that gets in when you open the door to take food out.  A packed to the brim freezer means there is less room for warm air, and the frozen goods in the freezer cool down any wam air that does make it’s way in, meaning your freezer doesn’t have to work quite so hard.

So go wild and pack your freezer to the brim!  You don’t have to spend a fortune on food – plastic bottles filled with water will do the trick, as will freezer bags filled with ice cubes.  Styrofoam blocks will also do just the job.

A handy bonus is that if you have a power-cut it will take much longer for your food to defrost.

fridge tips to save energy

Fridges are slightly different beasts.  If you pack your fridge too tightly then you’ll over-work your fridge, using much more energy that you need to.  Your food will cool too much, and perhaps even freeze, and trust me, nobody wants frozen lettuce.  Other food might not cool enough, and nobody wants a tummy bug either.  Especially not frozen lettuce and a tummy bug at the same time!  So make so you don’t overpack your fridge and that air can circulate easily.

Again, you won’t save hundreds of pounds but if you change your habits and implement little energy saving steps here and there, like the ones that I’ve mentioned throughout this series (tips that don’t take too much effort), then these savings will soon add up, which is always a good thing!

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