Crafting Your Own Fashion – A Frugal Fashionista’s Guide

September 6, 2011

Craft Your Own Clothes!  DIY fashion is pretty awesome I love fashion, I am also terribly broke at times.  As a grad student living in the big city, I have found that whenever I need a new accessory but am low on cash, it is wonderful to be able to reach into my stash and grab a skein of yarn and whip up a headband, scarf or crochet a flower to be pinned to a jacket.


If you’re broke and needing to both be entertained and simultaneously revamp your wardrobe, crafting your own fashion  might be a good option for you.   Sewing machines, notions, fabric, yarn and sequins can be found cheap if you swap with friends, peruse thrift and vintage stores or scavenge yard sales.  Modifications to your clothing can be made without any craft supplies whatsoever- DIY fashion is highly unique and doesn’t have to be expensive!


Recycle Old Clothes

Even if you’re not terribly crafty or don’t want to pick up a new skill, being able to embellish existing pieces in your wardrobe:
 painting your own tanks, sewing on buttons or ribbon rosettes or doing a quick snip to an old sweatshirt can totally change the look and feel of old pieces you’re tired of.



Fashion I’ve crafted:

Craft Felt Flower Headbands

  • Knitted/Crocheted headbands for winter
  • Quilted bags
  • Fabric laptop case
  • Crocheted flower brooches
  • Crocheted reusable shopping bag
  • Tons and tons of warm and stylish scarves

Where to get inspiration?

  • Tip Junkie – TONS of home decor, fashion and DIY inspiration with tutorials
  • HowJoyful–  This girl knows how to revamp fashion with simple sewing mods, love it!
  • Lion Brand Yarn– 1,000+ free knitting and crochet patterns plus tutorials
  • Etsy –  This is where I go to get crafty inspirational ideas
  • Already Pretty–  Sally is a thrift store maven.  If you need ideas on how to go vintage, see this blog!

My Favorite Tutorials for Fall Fashion:

My Upcoming Fashion Projects:

Craft Fashion AccessoriesKnit Fashion AccessoriesManos Maxima  Yarn

17 comments so far.

17 responses to “Crafting Your Own Fashion – A Frugal Fashionista’s Guide”

  1. apockylypse says:

    I'm always crafting for others as gifts, but I forget to craft for myself when I want to add a little spice to my wardrobe. Thanks for sharing these inspirations!

    I'm thinking that the sweatshirt DIY above is going to make it's way into my project pile very soon!

  2. Shannyn@FruBeautiful says:

    Crafting is one of my favorite stress relievers and I love that it can also yield some adorable additions to my wardrobe! I know I always craft for others but I have to make time for crafting projects for me!

  3. @applecsmith says:

    Oh, Oh, Oh! I love the crochet finger-less gloves. I might have to learn crocheting just to make some of those. I love to customize my clothes and accessories but not too much, I'm more of a less is more fashionista. These are great ideas!

    • Shannyn@FruBeautiful says:

      Thank you darling! has great free patterns for both knit and crochet,s so I'm sure you could find something you absolutely love in either form! 🙂 I like to keep things simple myself, with a few pieces I love that are easy to swap out if I get bored but are classic and versatile! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Anne says:

    It’s hard to put into words how wonderful your blog is. Quite frankly it’s been a long time since I’ve happened upon information like that keep up the good effort.

  5. dotty says:

    what neat ideas!

  6. carlyjcais says:

    Oh awesome! Just up my alley:-)
    Will be including in my next DIY Links of the Week! Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog; I'll be following yours as well!

  7. Zalooza says:

    Love crafting and passionate about the arts, completed my new jewelry line:

    I enjoyed felt flower tutorial & your blog, Shannyn!
    Creative skies,

  8. […] Crafting Your Own Fashion – a Frugal Fashionista’s Guide from Frugal Beautiful contains a number of must-try tutorials and ideas.  It will definitely keep you busy for awhile! […]

  9. Nz Fashion says:

    Nz Fashion…

    […]Crafting Your Own Fashion – A Frugal Fashionista’s Guide – Frugal Beautiful | Frugal Beautiful[…]…

  10. Arturo Riske says:

    How to delete comment that I have approved to published on blogger?

  11. Bruce Alman says:

    As a major fan, I liked this post very much! Thank you!

  12. Robert says:

    I’d need to seek advice from you here. Which is not something I normally do! I enjoy reading a post which will get people to think. Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!

  13. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your post seem to be running off the
    screen in Ie. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.
    The design look great though! Hope you get the
    issue solved soon. Thanks

  14. Hildegard says:

    That is really interesting, You’re an excessively skilled blogger.
    I’ve joined your rss feed and sit up for in search of more
    of your excellent post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my
    social networks

  15. ccnp exams says:

    Quality articles is the important to attract the visitors to pay a visit the website, that’s what this website is providing.

  16. Most time tracking software has an icon to help remind you it is tracking you,
    so you can click on it as you are working. The worksheet also includes other financial
    entries such as:. Since the malls are failing, the stores in them are, too.


Get Updates Via Email

Join The Frugal Beautiful Update List!
Get Posts Sent To Your Inbox...subscribe below!