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Strapped for cash? Get new clothes by reinventing your old ones! Lately, it seems like the coolest place to get new clothes is your own closet. Try these ideas to breathe new life into old clothes that don’t fit or that you just don’t like anymore!
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Graphic tees

blonde girl, smiling, teeshirt, braces, pretty, graphic tee blonde girl in brown shirt and jeans Instead of paying $30 for a graphic tee at the mall, make your own! Find a graphic online that you really like -- or if you\'re feeling creative, design your own. Buy a cheap shirt at a craft store or get a plain shirt from a discount retailer like Steve & Barry\'s or Target. Print out your design on iron-on paper (available at craft stores) and then, well, iron it on! You\'ll have a one-of-a-kind shirt in no time.

Tote Bags

Woman with dog, woman with bag, red haired woman, woman in yellow shirt, happy woman woman in yellow shirt holding brown dog in red and white striped tote bag Making a simple tote bag is one of the easiest do-it-yourself projects. Head to your local fabric store to find a fun, funky material to use. Or dig through your drawers to find an old T-shirt that you want to reincarnate! Cut two equal pieces (the size is up to you) and sew the edges together. Attach a ribbon to each side to serve as the handle.

Old is new again

girl in blue, jumping, pink sneakers, smiling, capris, girl in capris jumping girl in blue sweatshirt and capri pants Do you have a pair of pants that fit great in the waist but are just too short? Crop them to mid-calf to make capris or mid-thigh to make shorts. Make the cuts about an inch lower than you actually want the length to be so that you have room to hem them, giving them a professional finish.

Handmade jewelry

ethnic girl, hands, bracelets, turquoise, cupped hands cupped hands wearing turquoise bracelets Get some polymer clay from your local craft store and create your own beads! This type of clay can be baked in the oven for about 30 minutes (check the instructions on the container) to make them just like store-bought beads. Add a layer of gloss (available at craft stores) if desired, then let dry. Make the beads an assortment of sizes, shapes, and colors, and string them together to make a one-of-a-kind bracelet or necklace.

Tailor-made

sewing machine, fabric, woman, sewing, table, burlap closeup of beige fabric on sewing machine The secret to expensive clothes is often just that they fit the wearer perfectly. But you don\'t need to shell out hundreds of dollars to achieve that same effect. Dig out those ill-fitting pants from your closet and get them tailored. You\'ll look like you\'re wearing designer duds for a fraction of the price!

Consignment

ethnic girl, shopping cart, thrift store, girl ins tore, thrifting, vintage, coat, racks girl with shopping cart in thrift store If there are clothes in your closet that you know you\'ll never wear again, bring them to a secondhand clothing store. Use the money that you make to buy new clothes at the same store! You\'ll save tons of money and you\'ll be supporting an awesome secondhand business at the same time.
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