There's no use crying over spilled
milk — or coffee or ketchup. Not when we've found so many crafty ways
to hide a bad stain. From cutting away the stain and replacing it
with a peek-a-boo doily to sequined pie collars and even spray-painted
lace designs, we're sharing our favorite DIY refashions to rescue
our treasured clothes (and also hide how very, very klutzy we are).
All Doily-ed Up
Accidently throw a batch of bleach in
with your delicates? A doily can hide the discoloring while also
adding a touch of old-fashioned charm to even the newest of sweaters.
Customize the doily by dyeing it with blackberry
or coffee dye.
Cut away the stained fabric for a sexy-sweet lace cut-out.
Interested in adding a doily to your
stained clothes? We've got the free how-to at CraftFoxes.
Lovely heels and flats can only stay
new so long, but with this intriguing shoe refashion, scuffs can hide
behind leftover paint. On a modernized take on the penny loafer,
consider using chalkboard paint on the toe of your shoes to chalk in
a new design each day.
If the idea of giving your clothes a
trim inspires wonder rather than fear, reverse appliquing a
T-shirt or trouser just may be the ticket. Excerpted from the book “Improv
Sewing,” the stain is cut away and then inlayed with a contrasting
fabric to create a patternless design.
The free reverse applique how-to is
also available here at CraftFoxes.
A Petaled Lapel
No longer constrained to awkward Prom
Night pinnings, this DIY corsage uses exotic layering and
sophisticated colors to hide unsightly stains. Whether sewn to a pin
or attached permanently to the clothes, this DIY jewelry can be
customized using floaty chiffons for a delicate touch, thickened with
yarn in a crochet flower or even embroidered using leftover felt.
For the dahlia corsage head to Holidash.
While spray paint on a shirt may be precisely the stain some of us want to hide, others might be intrigued by
this how-to, which uses scrap lace as a template for spray paint. Customize the look by using the lace to paint letters or even a silhouette.
Leather and Lace
Not up for graffiti-fying your T-shirt
or jeans? Consider embellishing stained apparel with easier-to-use
fabric paint and a stencil. Sequins along the neckline
offer another unique touch.
Grab the free T-shirt refashion from Jezebel.
Red Badge of Courage
This easy button badge adds almost
immediate charm to a lipsticked lapel and is small enough to carry
around in a clutch for any future accidents. Buy the fabric-covered
buttons or make your own via your scrap stash.
Sequins of Events
Makeup or dirt on a collar, one of the
most common clothing stains, can easily be hidden behind a sequined
Peter Pan collar. Personalize this idea by lining sleeve cuffs or hem
lines with sequined fabric for an extra splash of glamour.
If bleach led you to this article, then
perhaps it can also get you out. Acid wash your jeans with bleach or
even consider using a silhouette or other shape, outlined with bleach
or dye, to hide a stain.
La Rue Neuve shares how to acid wash
your stained jeans using bleach.
Image credit (from top): Flickr.com/PinkSherbetPhotography, Martena Duss / Sissi Holleis, 14 Shades of Grey, Chronicle Books, Holidash, Completely Unfinished, Jezebel, Polly Danger, Transient Expression and La Rue Neuve