The best sites for the Fashionable DIYer
by Megan Patterson
In the last few years, Do It Yourself (DIY) projects and crafting have become extremely popular. Maybe it has to do with the recession, maybe it has to do with people’s love for saving money, and maybe it has to do with people wanting unique things. The internet is awash with tons of great sites full of chic and easy craft projects. Here are some of my favourites:
Grosgrain has it all–knitting, clothes, accessories, and even some decorating projects. It’s also a really good resource if you want to take something basic you already have and make it into something new and unique.
Favourite projects: Ribbon willies, any of the “Embellish your Knit” projects
I’m not a knitter, but I know a lot of people who do. They swear by this community for finding patterns. You have to sign up to see any of the projects, but it’s free to join.
Favourite projects: None for this one, because I couldn’t look at anything without having to sign up, but there is indeed an entire section of patterns
This site takes inspiration directly from the runways. It has also been made into a book with the same name.
Favourite projects: Feathered skirt, lace chunky knit
This one is probably one of my favourites. Also very high fashion inspired, but much more prolific than P.S. If you saw something you liked on the runways, you’ll probably find it here. It includes both clothing and accessories.
Favourite projects: DIY Miu Miu sneakers, DIY sleeveless trench
This site is particularly great for DIY jewellery and accessory projects.
Favourite projects: Turban headband, studded sleeve hoodie
This is another great site for jewellery projects in particular. The author, Jeni, has also been featured on The Today Show, and in InStyle magazine.
Favourite projects: Rhinestone and threaded hoop earrings, colour block clutch.
Natasha is Canadian, and her site, which is also a personal style site, has a lot of great projects on it. The best part is that she usually wears them in her posts, so you can see how they look in the wild. You do have to be a decent seamstress for many of the clothing projects, but there are also a large number of great accessories ones too.