20 No-Sew Styles To Try This Fall
Here at Brit HQ, we’re nuts about no-sew projects, especially when it comes to recycling our wardrobe. We’ve shown you needle and thread-less ways to hack your skirts in the past, and now we’re branching out to seasonal essentials with these 20 no-sew styles fit for fall. You know what they say: reduce, reuse, and rock it out!
1. No-Sew Layered Top DIY: Most of us spend the entire season trying to achieve the ultimate layered look. But we think we just struck gold on that front with this versitile no-sew top. (via Always Rooney)
2. Polka Dot Infinity Scarf: Can you guess what this posh infinity scarf was made out of? Whether you let this soft scarf drape down or loop it snug around your neck, these gilded polka dots are sure to make it pop. (via Sugar & Cloth)
3. No-Sew Faux Leather Wrap Skirt: This chic, minimal look also requires minimal effort to make! The faux-leather fabric and modest hem line make this skirt incredibly modern however you wear it. (via Tales of Love and Chocolate)
6. DIY Wool Poncho: You’ve got exactly one yard of fabric to transform in 30 minutes: what are you gonna do? The answer, turn it into a 1970s-style poncho, of corse! Surprisingly, this ain’t no Project Runway challenge, it’s just the creative minds behind one of our favorite DIY blogs of all time. (via A Beautiful Mess)
7. No-Sew Scalloped Shorts DIY: This no-sew project gives hope to high-waisted, pleated shorts at thrift stores everywhere! They go from 80s office commuter to on trend with just a few snips of the scissors. (via Here’s Looking At Me Kid)
8. No-Sew Twisted and Oversized Beanies: Did you know there’s more than one way to make a beanie? You can go grunge with a slouchy, oversized beanie, or take a more boho-chic route with a twisted turban vibe. Mind blown! (via Anne or Shine)
9. Flannel Shirt Skirt: Fall is the time to bust out your plaid. And this year, why not give one oversized flannel the makeover of its life by twisting it into a skirt? You can also try with your patterned cardigan like we did a while back. (via Park & Cube)
10. Needle Felted Sweater: No folding, cutting, or gluing is required in this sweater hack: only colorful wool roving and a needle felting kit. Once you get this technique down, why not try it to make shoulder panels or elbow patches? (via Brit + Co.)
11. Yarn Scarf: If you’ve ever tried to pick up knitting and it just didn’t take, here’s a way to use up that old yarn with no purling necessary! The only steps you need to know to make this colorful and cozy scarf are knot, twist, and braid. (via Amy Bayliss)
12. Five Minute Draped Vest: No sew hacks don’t get much more simple than this five minute draped vest. Once you get your hands on the perfect XL tshirt, you’re only four cuts away from tossing on this flowy layer. (via WobiSobi)
13. DIY Mitten Gloves: Just cut the feet off of knee socks to get these comfy fingerless mittens. We love how this basic DIY jumps to the next level with scattered beads and sequins, but you’ll have to bust out a needle and thread to make it happen. So why not try gluing on crystals, jewels, and gems to keep this no-sew true to form? (via Plan B Anna Evers)
14. No-Sew Sweater to Cardigan: Not only did this blogger turn an old sweater into a cardigan with just one cut, but she went the extra mile and painted on these cool geometric shapes—and it totally paid off. Now you know how to earn serious style points with the Brit + Co crew. ;) (via Korrine Wojcik)
15. DIY Zipper Jeans: You cannot let the season pass without trying this amazing no-sew DIY. We just want to know, will you go with the traditional side zip? The trendy front zip? Or the cool calf-flashing back zip? (via Henry Happened)
17. High-Low Skirt: The high-low hem trend hasn’t quite bitten the dust, so there’s still time to jump aborad, no-sew style. Try this technique with flowy skirts for a flirty result, or to make it even more fall-ready, make the cut on a patterned maxi. (via A Beautiful Mess)
18. DIY Cut Out Shirt: Here’s another way to amp up a boring button down. Once you’ve traced your pattern onto the blouse, then trimmed and glued the edges, you’re left with a garment that is guaranteed to turn heads. (via Plan B Anna Evers)
19. No-Sew Peplum: Made us look: This no-sew peplum is actually a waist belt! It’s a super smart way to make your wardrobe more versatile, as well as not fully commit to trends that may fade away fast. (via Tasha Delrae)
20. No-Sew Stamped Scarf: We’ll end this roundup with an accessory made for no-sew hacks: the scarf. This scrap of fabric has simply been stamped in a beautiful contrasting royal blue, and now it looks like something you could buy from Anthropologie. No-sew FTW! (via Design*Sponge)
What’s your favorite fall-appropriate no-sew style? Did we miss any amazing hacks? Talk to us in the comments below!
This Jewelry Designer Infuses ‘90s Hip Hop, Caribbean Spice + Vibrant Hues into Everything She Makes
This Jewelry Designer Infuses '90s Hip Hop, Caribbean Spice + Vibrant Hues into Everything She Makes
Vibrant hues, '90s-era boldness, and raw artisanal beauty — these are just a few of the characteristics that make the work of today's creative crush truly swoonworthy. Named for a potent Caribbean pepper, Tracey-Renee Hubbard's Scotchbonnet is a gorgeous line of earrings and accessories made by hand with love, thoughtfulness and a resolute passion for the art of making.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and super fan of Scotchbonnet! Like so many creative connections these days, I first connected with designer Tracey-Renee when she DM'ed the @britandco IG account and we featured her work in a story roundup of BIPOC makers. A few weeks later, she applied and won a scholarship to our first session of the Selfmade program where Brit and I both had the privilege of mentoring and working with Tracey-Renee on her brand, her business plan, and her mission. Since then she's been awarded a minority creative grant from JOANN Fabrics, and seriously upleveled her production process thanks to a collaboration with Glowforge. (PS: B+C readers can get 20% off their own Glowforge Pro by clicking here!)
Now I am thrilled to be able to share more about this brilliant maker's journey, inspiration and creative process in this edition of Creative Crushin'.
Anjelika Temple: Before we get into learning all about your creative inspiration, tell us a little about your background.
Tracey-Renee Hubbard: I was born and raised in Wisconsin. Yep, lots of cheese and cows. Growing up in Wisconsin right outside of Milwaukee provided me with a surprisingly diverse and eclectic foundation. My parents stressed the importance of academics, but they didn't believe that excelling at school needed to come at the expense of creativity or other hobbies. Art, music, books and softball were a big chunk of my childhood. Crafting and creating have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
One of my favorite shows to watch when I was growing up was "A Different World." It was about the college experience at a fictitious HBCU (Historically Black College/University) called Hillman College. Watching that show inspired me to go to Florida A&M University (an HBCU) where I received a BS in Business Management and an MBA.
The world changes quickly and I love learning new things! After completing my MBA program, I studied graphic design, multimedia art and completed the Merchandise Product Development program at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in San Francisco. My academic and professional experiences have given me the opportunity to live and work in lots of interesting places; but for now I am based in the San Francisco Bay area.
Anj: Did you always know that you wanted to be a professional artist/creative?
Tracey-Renee: Yep, but for a long time I was afraid to do it because of the "starving artist" stigma (all lies, btw). I tried to compartmentalize my creative practices as just a "hobby", but when something is truly in your spirit the desire never really goes away…and so now here I am!
Anj: What do you love about making things? What keeps the spark going for you?
Tracey-Renee: I've been inspired to create for as long as I can remember! I've always been fascinated by color, texture, travel and cultural connection. I grew up watching my grandmother quilt, sew and mend garments, I saw my Mom create beautiful home décor and heirloom holiday decorations and spent time in my Dad's workshop. Being surrounded by unique handmade items that hold special stories has fueled my passion for being a designer and maker.
Anj: Like so many artists, you've got a day job in addition to your creative hustle. Tell us about your career path.
Tracey-Renee: My first "real job" was in pharmaceutical sales and marketing. I loved the left brain/right brain mix of processing all the data and scientific information and then finding creative ways to relay that information to doctors and health care providers. That role really opened my eyes to the power of messaging and visual communication tools which ultimately led to me returning to school to study digital design and multimedia arts. I've had fun using my marketing and digital design skills in several different industries. I currently work as the Director of Marketing and Creative Strategy for a candy company. I spend a lot of time working in the digital realm – I think most of us do- and that makes me really appreciate the time I spend making handmade jewelry for Scotchbonnet.
Anj: Tell me more about your brand Scotchbonnet! How would you describe your brand's mission?
Tracey-Renee: I want to make pieces that are cherished - special but not so "precious" that they sit in a box stored away for special occasions that are far and few between. My accessories are known for their bold shapes, bright colors and eye-catching patterns. Each piece is handmade with love (I hope my customers can feel it when they wear their Scotchbonnet accessories)!
Scotchbonnet jewelry has been described as "conversation starters" and I love the fact that they connect people and get them to start conversing. I am excited about elevating those conversations by creating capsule collections connected to social causes; that way the chat can go beyond just "cute earrings, where'd you get them?"
Anj: At Brit + Co, we are enamored with bright colors, patterns and geometric shapes -- and clearly, you are too! How did you hone in on your aesthetic?
Tracey-Renee: I chose the name Scotchbonnet for my jewelry brand because scotch bonnet peppers add a distinctively potent spice to Caribbean food and I feel that my jewelry has the same vibe. My accessories are known for vibrant hues, bold shapes and eye-catching patterns. I am inspired by the flashiness of 90s hip-hop, the simplicity of modern luxury, and the raw beauty of artisan goods from the African Diaspora. My aesthetic continues to evolve based on the things I love, the places I've been and the community I want to serve.
Anj: We LOVED mentoring you + helping your business grow during our first Selfmade session. What were your main takeaways from the program and experience?
Tracey-Renee: Selfmade helped me understand the importance of having a clear vision and trusting my intuition. It can be inspirational watching other entrepreneurs "hustling and winning" on their social media feeds, but without clarity about my vision that "inspiration" can be overwhelming and make things confusing. It's easy to confuse movement with progress – Selfmade helped me craft an action plan that ensures each step builds momentum and accelerates me toward my goals. Selfmade also provided me with a vibrant, uplifting community of founders, entrepreneurs and go-getters.
Anj: When you get creatively blocked or burnt out, how do you reset? Do you have tips you can share?
Tracey-Renee: I take a break. We're inundated with "hustle culture" that can make us feel guilty for taking a break, but at the end of the day we're of no value to anyone when we're burnt out. When I have a creative block I usually log off for a while… there's this duality with the internet where on the surface it seems to be an endless pool of inspiration, but in reality everything that's on the internet has already been filtered or curated by someone else. Sometimes it's helpful to see things through a new lens and find inspiration in ("real" physical) books, at a museum or out in nature. Seeing things in a new light from a different angle can be a really refreshing creative jolt.
Anj: What does your workspace look like? What tools do you use and how has it changed over the years?
Tracey-Renee: I'd describe it as "choreographed chaos". It's organized enough so that I can be efficient with the administrative parts of my business like: inventory management, packing and shipping. It's creative enough so that it still feels inspiring, and it's tidy enough that it doesn't feel overwhelming to sit down and start working. It smells like coconut or tropical fruit (thanks to my candles) and it sounds like hip-hop, dance hall, soca or afrobeats.
The primary mediums I work with are wood, paint, glass beads and recently brass. With that being said my paint brushes, needle & thread and jeweler's saw are always within close reach. The most recent addition to my studio is my Glowforge Pro 3D laser printer; it is a game changer! It shrunk my product development cycle time infinitely. Prior to the Glowforge the process was time consuming and costly; now, I can literally "print" a new design within minutes of sketching out an idea. It's also been awesome when it comes to inventory management and sustainability. I no longer have to worry about over-producing or wasting materials; I can make exactly what I need right when I need it without any waste. The Glowforge can make millions of things and I'm excited about trying new design ideas in the future. I have a ton of sketches and inspo photos on my magnet board and in my notebooks waiting to be explored. (ICYMI: B+C readers can get 20% off their own Glowforge Pro by clicking here!)
Anj: What advice do you have for emerging artists and designers just getting started? What advice do you have for creatives struggling to find their unique voice?
Tracey-Renee: Start with your "why" and not your "what". Your "why" will be the secret weapon that competitors will never be able to touch. Once you have that part figured out; dive in! I think that now is a really exciting time for creatives. The rise of entrepreneurship powered by social media has removed a lot of barriers that used to make creative careers seem out of reach. Protect your work, but don't be afraid to put yourself (and your stuff!) out there. Connect with other artists and build a community, it's so important to have a sounding board for difficult times and a crew with whom you can celebrate your successes.
Anj: What's next for your brand?
Tracey-Renee: Scaling and growing in a way that feels authentic. I have new colors and new products coming soon and I am super excited about that! My upcoming premium capsule collections are close to my heart; designing jewelry inspired by social causes and having a "give back" component means the world to me. I want to keep having fun with my brand, sharing joy with fun colors and patterns and infusing love into each handmade piece.