You may not have picked up a glue gun since your GCSE art lessons, but believe us when we say it’s going to be worth getting in touch with your crafty side this season. Many key trends for spring stem from traditional textile techniques, and can be re-created easily—trust us.
Essentially, if you head to your local haberdashery, you’ll see the detail trends of S/S 18 lined up—gingham trims, silver studs, gem embellishments, embroidered patches and more. Whilst we’re not suggesting Karl Lagerfeld is a regular at Hobbycraft, we’re pretty lucky as British haberdasheries have some serious sewing swag on offer, and they offer a budget-friendly way to update your existing garms.
You may just surprise yourself by how much you can make with little to no skills needed. These projects are craft-virgin friendly (no sewing knowledge required), and we’ve even provided inspirational images to get your ideas flowing. Customisation is the way to a “where did you get that?” outfit.
We know they say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but we’ve mixed these ideas up from their designer counterparts—after all we want to take inspiration from, not plagiarise. Remember Sex and The City’s fake Fendi moment? Yep, let’s avoid that. Things go awry when people try to copy designs, so focus more on giving your pieces an inspired but unique twist.
So Google-Map your local haberdashery now. And if you don’t have one, don’t worry—eBay and Amazon are full of affordable craft supplies.
We told you all about tortoiseshell buttons taking over for S/S 18, but if you don’t want to wait til payday to buy—why not DIY?
1 black dress (our choice is this Mango dress, £30)
1 reel of black cotton thread (£4)
A selection of tortoiseshell buttons (£3)
A measuring tape (£2)
At just £3 for eight buttons, we think this Mango dress is begging for some button details to add to its already-trending square neckline. Measuring to find the centre of the neckline of your dress, attach one button centrally by threading your needle (starting from the inside out) through each of the buttons four holes. Either sew side to side or criss cross your fabric—whichever you do just ensure you do the same for all your buttons. From the button you just sewed, measure down to the hem and plot how far apart you’d like your buttons so they sit best at the hem. We aimed to place our buttons 3–4 inches apart. If you don’t want your buttons down the middle of your dress, how about placing three at the bottom side hem? Forget functionality, these are adding serious style points to your piece.
We are all a flurry with Prada’s feather offerings this season. Ostrich feather trims lined the hems of skirts, trousers and jackets—looking effortless as models walked the runway. We can’t count the number of times we saw them snapped on the street at fashion week, but for just £7 you can create your own feathery offering.
1 pair of sandals (we love these Next sandals, £36)
1 metre of ostrich feather trim (we chose dusty pink, £7)
Fabric glue (£1)
Feather trims come in every colour imaginable, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. To make, measure the inside of your chosen sandals strap (it’s best to use a sandal with a strap of at least 3 centimetres thick). We’re going to double up our feather trim, to create a thick row of feathers that will move beautifully as you walk. Double the measurement of your sandal strap, and add 3–4 centimetres extra to the length. Cut your length of trim to the required measurement, and add a small amount of fabric glue to the top outside edge. On the inside of your sandal strap, start at one side, pressing the trim to the fabric and hold for a few seconds. Work all the way around the strap, and as you begin to double up your trim, add a few dots of fabric glue as you go. The precision nozzle will make this easier. Repeat the process for the other shoe, leave to dry for 30 minutes and voila! Feathers would look equally as chic added to a clutch bag for an evening wear look.
Okay, so we’ll admit this is less of a DIY, more a styling trick anyone can do. If your hair game is a little lacklustre of late, why not add some simple sophistication with a velvet bow? This is very French-girl chic, and would add a quaint cuteness to any outfit. Often, it’s the smallest details (hello, microtrends) that make an outfit.
Tasseled items get us in the mood for Summer, so there’s no better reason to add them to almost everything we own, right? If you can’t find what you want in the shops, fear not—a tassel trim is all you need to create that summer style vibe.
1 skirt (our pick is this Warehouse skirt, £70)
Tassel trim (£2 per metre)
Measuring tape (£2)
Fabric glue (£1)
1 reel black cotton thread (£4)
To add a tassel trim, measure around the hem of your garment, and add 3–4cm extra for seam allowance. Cut this length of trim, and add a few drops of glue to the back every 3 centimetres (I always like to fabric glue first for extra security). Start attaching your trim at the side seam of your garment, ensuring the band sits flush with the hem so the tassels hang down. Continue all the way around your item, and slightly overlap the trim when you reach the start at the side seam. Thread your needle (always choose a coordinating colour to your trim), and start from the inside out and in a straight line, create small stitches on the band of the trim. I know, we hear you—you can’t sew. But it’s literally a case of in and out here, before you know it, you’ll have sewed all the way around. To finish at the side seam and secure the edge, sew in a line upwards from the end of the tassel’s band to the top. Knot inside and finish.
If your shoe doesn’t have a buckle on it, you’re missing out. Whether you choose a Manolo-esque crystal version or go for something more abstract, we can safely say these accessories will have your footwear looking triple the price for little more than £5. Check out eBay for resin buckle styles in mother of pearl and tortoiseshell. If you like to browse IRL, MacCulloch & Wallis’s Soho store has a multitude of options; its website is a craft lover’s dream.
2 buckle; these diamanté buckles from Amazon are the perfect size (£5 for 10)
Fabric glue (£1)
Is it just us, or are these H&M heels begging for a buckle? First add a dot of this extra strong multipurpose glue to keep the buckle closed. Then it’s a case of simply adding tiny dots of glue all the way around the back of the buckle. Press down firmly for 10 seconds to add to your favourite footwear. Allow 15 minutes of drying time. Having used this glue for DIYs on wood, metal and fabric—trust us when we say it won’t budge.
See? It's time to get crafting ASAP.