It might seem counter-intuitive, but one of my major self care things is wandering through either really busy malls or huge thrift stores. This can sometimes involve buying stuff, but usually not. I find something super calming and fun about drifting through a crowd of strangers while they go about their days.
Lately, I’ve been trying to focus mostly on thrift shopping. This is mainly for three reasons: One, because I find fast fashion very troubling and while I can’t say that I’ve cut it totally from my life, I’m trying. Two, because I’ve always loved the hunt involved in thrift shopping. You never know what you’re going to find, and there’s not much more satisfying than finding a tacky-ass Moschino shirt for $3 (maybe this give you a little insight into my style). And three, because I really believe that your style can be a great way of expressing yourself creatively–I want my style to be fun and unique–and DIYing thrift finds takes this creativity outlet to the next level.
Want a simple but also personalized DIY project? Try out embroidery. It’s easy and it’s a fast way to let people know what you’re about.
What you’ll need:
–Embroidery thread. I got mine from the dollar store. Cheap and colourful.
–Embroidery needle. This is just a big sewing needle. Again, dollar store.
–Item of clothing. I got this denim jacket from the thrift. I cropped it and cut the colour off because I don’t know when to stop. I also embroidered my name on the butt pocket of a denim skirt. Denim is an ideal fabric for this because of it’s structure and lack of stretch.
–White chalk/pencil crayon. Or whatever colour is going to show up on your fabric so that you can sketch yourself a little outline. I just free-handed this though because I’m incredibly impatient.
–5 minutes to several hours, depending on the scope of your project.
–A pattern or words that you want to flaunt. Could be your name, your puppy’s name, your enemy’s name with an X through it and flames coming out of it, a favourite lyric, a lightning bolt striking through the Whitehouse, you name it!
–Go-getter attitude. Jk, you don’t need that. This jacket took me probably like two months to finish because I did five minutes at a time while watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix.
–Choose your area. Think of how the fabric will lie once you’re wearing it. If you’re using chalk, sketch it out.
–Thread the needle, not the end of said thread. Maybe this is a no-brainer. I don’t know. Maybe not.
–Get at it! Do a simple in-and-out stitch. You can experiment with stitch length but I did mine pretty small, and then went over it twice to get my desired thickness of lettering.
–Make sure to tie it off well at the end so that your beautiful message doesn’t unravel.
–Finish that shit and flaunt it all around town and when people are like wow cool did you make that? You can be like yes. yes I did.