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Giving old clothes a new life

Kidsday reporter Ashley Uruchima with her DIY clothes.

Kidsday reporter Ashley Uruchima with her DIY clothes. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

Are you trying to keep up with the trends but don’t want to spend a fortune on new clothes? I have a solution. You can update your old clothing and make each piece look great. It will be something you can afford. Plus, you will have a blast remaking your own clothing.

If you want to DIY your own clothing, you will have to take a couple of steps. First, you have to choose a piece of clothing to DIY. I dressed up three things: a skirt, a choker and a shirt. Then customize it to match your personality.

I use E6000 permanent craft adhesive, which is available at most craft stores. While at the craft store, look for little things that can add color and life to your wardrobe. I glued little yellow flowers on my choker.

I then did the same things to an old shirt. You can either glue the items on or you can stitch them. I like to sew, so I did it by stitching. When you stitch, the items might stay on the shirt longer, too. In no time, you have a stunning shirt.

Now the skirt. I added the flowers first by spacing them in different places. You can mark the place with a crayon. You choose E6000 or stitch. In less than 30 minutes you have a fabulous skirt that you’ll want to wear to the park.

Do you see how much money you just saved by remaking your own clothing? Your mom’s wallet is thanking you so much because you just saved at least $100.

Jillian Cagno and Deirdre Greenwald’s fifth-grade class, Tuckahoe School, Southampton

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