No one likes to have their clothes ruined by annoying things like stains, broken buttons or a broken heel. But don’t worry, these do-it-yourself hacks for fixing your ruined clothes.
If you’re sick and tired of your clothes being ruined, why not save your money and try some of these diy tricks! With some brilliant hacks like covering upÂ aÂ missing button spot with a pretty pin, hold up a loose zipper with a clear elastic hair tie, use a stud earring (without the earring back) to hold a pair of eyeglasses together or why not try using a pencil eraser as a temporary earring back.
1. Use the wire from a twist tie to secure a broken button.
Itâ€™ll hold until you can get your hands on a needle and thread. (Beware that this works best on sweaters and cardigans â€” it could hurt other fabrics). Read more about how to do it here.
2. Dab some clear nail polish on a button thatâ€™s ~about~ to pop off, but hasnâ€™t yet.
Youâ€™ll still want to sew it back on securely later, but this will hold things for a day if youâ€™re in a hurry. See the full tutorial here.
3. About to run out the door when that button pops off? Cover up the missing button spot with a pretty pin.
4. Use a pencil eraser as a temporary earring back.
5. Stick a piece of Moleskin padding on an unruly underwire.
Poke me no more. From here.
6. If your bra strap or tank top strap breaks, tie it in a knot until you can get it repaired.
Loosen the strap a ~lot~, though, so you donâ€™t stretch it out permanently. From here.
7. Hold up a loose zipper with a clear elastic hair tie.
Regular hair ties work similarly theyâ€™re just a little more visible. From here.
8. Use a pencil to help get a stuck zipper moving again.
9. A pair of scissors will help you get a zipper back on its tracks.
To secure it later, youâ€™ll need a needle and thread. But this will get you through the day. Get the full tutorial here.
10. Use a piece of duct tape or packing tape to hold up a falling hem.
See how here.
11. Use a stud earring (without the earring back) to hold a pair of eyeglasses together.
12. Chew up a piece of gum to use as a temporary adhesive for a broken heel.
A little gross, yes. Not really a permanent solution, yes. Save your ass when youâ€™re about to walk into an interview â€” yes.
13. Use an emery board to buff dirt off of suede shoes and bags.
Get more clothing hacks here.
14. Re-thread a hoodie string using a straw.
Read how here.
15. Pick up some fabric peel and stick adhesive to hold down annoying flaps â€” or fix a small hole.
Packing tape or double stick tape would work similarly, but wouldnâ€™t be a permanent fix, like the fabric adhesive would be. From here.
16. Keep a scarf in your locker or desk in case you splatter food on yourself.
While itâ€™s almost always best to rinse out a stain with cool water as soon as you possibly can, you canâ€™t necessarily wear a damp shirt at the office. With a scarf, you can just cover up the damage until you get home. You can get this scarf (which is made in Scotland!) for $68 here.
17. Get rid of wrinkles in a shirt collar with some water and a hand dryer.
This wonâ€™t work for a shirt or dress thatâ€™s wrinkled all over, but if thereâ€™s a small patch of fabric on your shirt thatâ€™s wrinkled (like your collar), use a little moisture and the automatic hand dryer to get rid of them. (This is easier if you take the piece of clothing off first, but sometimes thatâ€™s not feasible).
First, wet your hand with some water. Then, flick droplets of water onto the wrinkled area (youâ€™re mimicking a spray bottle here). Once the area is a little damp, hold the wrinkled area taut, and put it under the hand dryer until itâ€™s dry.
18. Paperclip a broken necklace chain back together.
Put your hair down if you can, to cover it up. See more quick clothing fixes here.
19. Worst comes to worst, you can always staple a seam back together.
But you should know that this can damage your clothes to the point that you may not be able to repair them. Itâ€™ll hold for the day, though!