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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

DIY, but make it fashion: long weekend projects

Take a break from your jigsaw puzzles and Netflix bingeing and try your hand at one of these DIY fashion projects to revamp your wardrobe! Projects and images courtesy of Spotlight.

Tie dye denim jacket


Denim jacket

Tulip super big tie dye kit


Water jugs/cups

Paint brush

Plastic to cover work surface

Cardboard or plastic for inside the garment


Step 1: Lay down plastic to protect your work surface. Then follow the directions on the Tulip dye packet to prepare your dye bottles.

Step 2: Fill a couple of cups or jars with water to dilute your dye/clean your brushes.

Step 3: Place a piece of card or plastic inside the jacket so the dye doesn’t run through to the other side of the garment.

Step 4: Begin by squirting a small amount of dye onto the jacket and use a paint brush and water to spread the dye around in a blotchy random pattern. Use more water if you wish to dilute the colour more and add more dye if you want a more vibrant colour.

Step 5: Repeat this process with each colour working your way around the jacket until it is completely covered. Allow for jacket to dry slightly before turning and doing the other side.

Step 6: Leave jacket to set for 6 – 8 hours.

Step 7: Once jacket has set, rinse under water to wash away any excess dye colours. Allow jacket to dry fully before use.

A new twist on a 1980s favourite: DIY mermaid scrunchies.

Mermaid scrunchies


50x10cm strip of printed lycra or velour fabric

20cm of 10mm-wide soft elastic

Scissors, pins and safety pin

Sewing machine, matching thread


Step 1: With right sides facing, fold fabric in half aligning long edges, pin together.

Step 2: Sew long edges together with a 1cm seam allowance leaving short ends open.

Step 3: Turn fabric right way out, fold under 1cm along one of the short open ends.

Step 4: Thread elastic through fabric strip with help of the safety pin. Overlap ends of elastic by 3cm and sew together securely.

Step 5: Insert the raw open end of fabric strip into the folded end of fabric by at least 1cm and pin closed. Sew end together to secure.

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