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Five No-Sew Clothing DIYs

sewing and upcycling

Looking for some easy no-sew ways to upcycling your old clothes? Good news – I’ve got five clever ideas for you today!


I like crafting as much as the next person. However, I’m the first to admit that my sewing machine skills and needlework leave a lot to be desired!  I shared some of my top DIYs for repurposing old clothes a little while ago. Some of these involved sewing, so since then I’ve been on the hunt for some relatively straightforward no-sew clothing diys to upcycle my old clothes.

Five No-Sew Clothing DIYs

In my search, I’ve found quite a few great no-sew ideas. I thought I’d therefore share my five favourites with you in case there are any other crafting novices reading along:

No-Sew DIY Elbow Patches 

no sew elbow patch clothing diy

These no-sew elbow patches from the ladies at Honestly WTF are brilliant. Such a great way for a crafting novice to add an individual touch to their clothing, don’t you think? I also think it would be a clever way to mend an elbow hole.

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!  

A 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 soon on a stained top that I couldn’t get the stain out of (not even with my best natural stain remover techniques), so that I can save it from landfill.

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 upcycle some trousers or shorts or upcycle trousers that have irreparable tears in the knees.  Although it looks complicated to me, to get the perfect scallops it turns out that all you need is a lid from a jar!

best no-sew clothing diys


Paint With Bleach

bleach painting easy clothing no-sew diy

I love this no-sew dea of painting a top with bleach from the crafty lot at A Beautiful Mess.  So striking, yet so simple!  This is such a great way to upcycle a plain top or to disguise a bleach stain on a dark item of clothing.

DIY No Sew Stud Buttons

no-sew diy shirt button tutorial

Finally, this is one of the easiest DIYs ever, from Collective Gen.  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 clothing DIYs?  Do share in the comments below!

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

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Ethical Women’s Undies

womens undies

‘Where can I buy ethical women’s undies?’ is one of my most asked questions by Moral Fibres readers, so I thought I’d put together a roundup of some of the options out there today.  Guys, don’t feel left out, I have written a men’s ethical underwear post just for you!

Please note this article was written in 2013, and is now out of date.  I’m no longer updating it, but I do have a new post on women’s ethical underwear updated for 2021 that you should visit instead! 

When buying clothing I would normally always suggest buying secondhand where possible.  However, the thought of wearing secondhand undies makes me feel a little green (and NOT in the eco sense!).  Therefore it’s one area where you have my full consent to buy brand new.

The ethical undies market sells more than just large, white granny pants as you might imagine.  All of the ethical underwear featured here today is fun, modern, and sexy, as well as practical.

Women’s Ethical Undies


ethical ladies knickers ciel liberty print

Ciel sell the most beautiful Liberty print knickers, from £24.  With a rigorous ethical policy you can be sure that your undies are as ethical as they come.


stylish uk made bras

Saumarez make some really sexy underwear, which will challenge any preconceptions you may have of ethical underwear.  This Mya bra (left, £10) is both sexy and sophisticated.  Meanwhile, this Nicola bra (right, £40) is full-on fun.  They also have some great knickers that are worth taking a look at.

2017 edit – Saumarez appear to have ceased trading.

Luva Huva

ladies ethical undies uk luva huva

Luva Huva have a great collection of fun and modern everyday ethical knickers.  A triple set of knickers is currently £28, including the bottom left pair.  The purple Juliet knickers are £14 and the cute frilly ones are £16.  They do sell bras but they don’t seem to come in different sizes according to your back size, which for some might be a sticking point.

Who Made Your Pants

who made your pants southampton

Who Made Your Pants buy their fabric from lingerie companies at the end of the season – saving the fabric from landfill.  All pants are made in the UK – in Southampton – where all the makers are women who have come from troubled backgrounds.  They say that the first job new employees learn is how to make the pants.  They then hope that all jobs within the business can be filled by the women as they gain skills.  So, if someone is interested in marketing or finance, they”ll arrange training.  I think this is a fantastic business ethos.

2016 edit: sadly Who Made Your Pants have stopped trading.


Also worth mentioning are Thunderpants UK, who sell lovely big ethical undies.  Thunderpants say their pants will not go up your bum, which we all appreciate in a pant!

Lorna Drew

ethical nursing maternity bra

And finally, for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers Lorna Drew nursing bras, available from around £29, are practical and ethical, and expand over three cup sizes to accommodate your changing shape, making them great value too.

2017 edit – Lorna Drew appear to have ceased trading.

If you’re a DD+ cup size like me (thanks pregnancy and breastfeeding) then I am afraid I don’t think there is such a thing an ethical plus size bra.  Despite a lot of searching I have not found one yet.  My best advice is therefore to spend as much money as you can afford on a well made comfortable bra, and get properly fitted for it by a professional to ensure the longevity of your purchase.  I buy all of mine from Marks and Spencer* because I know they fit, are supportive and comfortable and last.  In my youth I tried cheaper bras from Topshop and inevitably they barely lasted a few months.  I also memorably bought one from Primark that lasted one wear as when I washed it the underwiring popped right out!  The cost per wear on that one was through the roof!