Ideas to Decorate Clothes

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Ideas to Decorate Clothes
Adding appliques or trim can make plain clothes seem cheerful. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

For creative souls who are itching to liven up a blank canvas, try decorating some of the articles of clothing in your wardrobe. Add colour to an otherwise dull sweater, a plain sweatshirt or pair of jeans, with a variety of decorative techniques. Even the kids can get involved in creating new works of art out of clothing already in their closet.


Embroidery is a fun way to add decoration to any piece of clothing. There are many simple stitches that are easily learnt, and hundreds of colour options of embroidery floss. Sew a smiling sun on a sweatshirt or a row of bright flowers to the bottom of a sweater. Embroidery on clothing is not just for girls. Add initials or a skull to the cuff of a boy's shirt. Canvas tennis shoes or a pair of jeans are great places to add embroidered designs.

Ideas to Decorate Clothes
Denim is a good canvas for embroidery. (Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Getty Images)


Add patches, ribbon and trims to decorate your clothes. This is no longer a tedious process involving pushing a needle and thread through a thick patch or fabric. Now there are glues that are meant for fabric; choose one that is washable and won't come off when exposed to water. There are also iron-on fusible web products that make it easy to fix items to your clothing.

Ideas to Decorate Clothes
Appliques and patches can be applied with iron-on fusible web. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Sugar Dye

Sugar dyeing clothing is a bit easier to do than tie-dye and isn't as time consuming. Lay a damp cotton T-shirt or sweatshirt on some newspaper; it's best to work outside to prevent an indoor mess. Add piles of sugar to several areas of the clothing in any design. Mix cold water dye and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the dye evenly on the clothing. The sugar will absorb most of the dye, leaving a dappled effect on the areas that were covered by the sugar. When the shirt is completely dry, rinse it in cold water and admire your work. When you have mastered spraying the dye on evenly, try sugar dye on socks or even trousers for fun articles of clothing.

Ideas to Decorate Clothes
Use granulated sugar to decorate clothing. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Sneaker Art

Canvas sneakers are an ideal "canvas" for decorating. The fabric lends itself well to fabric paints, puffy paints and permanent markers. Take the laces out of a pair of sneakers and stuff the shoes with newspaper to make a firm surface on which to decorate. Paint or squeeze the puffy paints on the shoes in fun designs. The rubber trim is especially good for decorating; make a cool design with markers that goes all the way around the shoe. Sequins, flat jewels and trim can be added with fabric glue. A pair of colourful or patterned laces add the finishing touch.

Ideas to Decorate Clothes
Plain canvas sneakers are begging to be decorated. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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