Two Clothing Hacks with Needle and Thread

Lace denim shorts

Denim cutoffs are cute, as well as practical for the warm weather. This incredibly easy DIY sewing project is great for summer. You can use a pair of denim shorts that you already have or buy a new one.  Step 1: Get your supplies ready. This will be (obviously) a pair of denim shorts or cutoffs to start. You’ll also need 2 feet of crochet or lace trim to add to the shorts. Pins, needle, and thread — white so it doesn’t show — and finally a pair of scissors complete your list.

Step 2: Hold the lace up against the shorts and cut a triangle out of the shorts. It should match the lace. You can cut directly on the side seam, or on the front and back of the shorts. Step 3: Cut the lace to the size you want, and don’t be afraid to trim the edges to get the perfect shape that you want. There are no rules, so cut to the size you think looks best, and don’t worry about using all the trim. Once you’re happy, pin the lace into place. Step 4: Now it’s time to start sewing. After threading your needle, tie a knot in the white thread to secure it at the end. Sew the lace to the cutoffs, and don’t neglect the edges. Once it’s sewn down, tie knots to keep the lace in place and snip the extra thread off. That’s it, you’re all done.

Touchscreen gloves

Tired of taking off your gloves in cold weather so you can use your phone? There’s a better way. You can make your gloves touchscreen capable in a few simple steps. Step 1: You’ll need a pair of gloves, conductive or DMC metallic thread, and a needle. A thimble can also help protect your finger while sewing. If you’re not confident enough in your sewing skills, a pair of cheap gloves made of a soft material can be your practice pair. Step 2: Making sure that you’re stitching on the right side of the glove, start to sew a pattern on the fingertips of the glove. This can be a smiley face, a circle or dot, or even an “X” shape that you go over a few times with the thread. Step 3: The most common fingers for a touchscreen-enabled glove are the thumb and forefinger. However, you can actually stitch all of the fingers for full capability. Before you start, you may want to try the gloves on and see which part of your fingers you use most often with your phone. Step 4: Test the gloves out to see if they work on your phone. Usually, up to 15 stitches do the trick. Leave a bit of thread loose so that it can help the current flow from your phone. And that’s it, you’re now ready to tap your phone to your heart’s content all winter long. If you were to follow the instructions laid out above, there should be little difficulty in getting the new exciting look brought to your closet.

Touchscreen gloves

 

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