Wednesday, March 02, 2016

3 simple ways to transform kids clothing


While I love shopping for Lucy's wardrobe, at this point in in time I refuse to spend lots of money on the things that I buy her. She is growing like a weed (the kid is all legs) and she plays outside and creates everyday which means clothing around here gets stained or destroyed really fast!

When I find kids clothing on sale, I buy a lot of separates in neutral colors (I found the clothing above on sale for $2.99 each). Then with a little creativity, I transform the clothing into something a little more colorful and interesting. It has been a really great way to stick to a budget. Today I thought it would be fun to share 3 of my favorite simple ways to transform kid's clothing

My favorite way to transform any kind of clothing is with paint! My favorite fabric paint is Tulip Soft Matte Paint. It comes in tons of great colors, it is permanent, machine washable and dries flexible. I've been using this stuff for years and it always works great!

You can keep your painting simple with things like brush strokes, swipes of color, stripes and polka dots. 
Simple painted color is also a really fun way to include the kiddos in the process!

Or you can get really creative and treat the surface of that clothing like a canvas! 


I love creating simple patches out of my fabric scraps. 

One of my favorite ways to create a patch is creating messy little pieces of patchwork or layered fabric that I cut into different shapes.

I sew these patches to dresses and t-shirts to add a fun pop of color!

Tie Dye is my go to when I want to quickly transform white clothing or even dye over the top of stained clothing. The process is fast, easy and nothing is cuter than a kiddo in tie dye!




23 comments:

Little Treasures said...

What a fabulous transformation! Lucy is one lucky girl :)

Натусик said...

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Kim said...

Love the budget friendly fashion.

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

Too cute and forget just the kid stuff, looks like fun for all of us! Great post. xox

Connie Coleman said...

Great idea's - even for us big kids! ;)

It is so fun watching Lucy grow up! When does she start school?

~Connie in VA

Stephanie said...

Fab! Thanks for the ideas.

ladylyn said...

Fun! You can also use laundry markers to doodle on the fabric. :)

Dawn Jones said...

Forget transforming kids clothes...I need to do my own! If it's not black it has a coffee stain on it, heck the black clothes probably have coffee stains, you just can't see them!!

Bleach pens are fun to use as well!!

Terri Paulson-Sasaki said...

These are so cute, I need to make some for my grandbabes. Thank you for sharing.

curlygirlpress said...

So fabulous,and she's getting so big. I have grand plans to do things like this with my clothes, too, but have the pile of stuff to prove it never happens...someday!

Kat Lange said...

She is just the cutest little girl. Such great ideas. I am definitely going to do this for my daughter and let her join in the fun. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.

Alisa Burke said...

We actually are homeschooling Lucy for the early years and we've already started this year. It's been super rewarding so far!

Alisa Burke said...

I totally agree! I use all these techniques on my own clothing!

Connie Coleman said...

Excellent! She's in a great environment for homeschool!!

Deb said...

Oh my goodness, she just couldn't be any cuter.

studioGypsy said...

lucy!! you are just the cutest!! and you have the coolest mom and dad, ever! :D love these tips.. will need to try these for my growing lot! xoxo

Brig said...

Amazing and very cute! We get hand me downs so I'm lucky but sometimes they're a little worn or stained so it would be a good way to brighten up those worn out things AND a good excuse to get into some painting for a cause!

Meghan Thimjon said...

Ok I want now for my clothing! Just might have to try this! Probably won't look Nearly as cute as Lucy or as good as you but it's worth a shot! Love love love!!!

Unknown said...

This is the perfect post for me because I have a five and three year old! I also use silk screened/patterned fabric patches on the knees of their jeans and leggings to cover small holes from wear and tear. Thank you for sharing!
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Meagan Ramaekers said...

Such great ideas! I love it! In 5 months Im going to be a mother and ive not found alot of clothes I really like... but this is going to be a game changer! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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