The second life of the faded thing

Probably each of us was faced with the problem of shedding things. Basically, all we did in this case was throw away our beloved blouse, sweater or dress with tears in our eyes. But do not immediately resort to such radical measures. It is worth making a little effort, and the “second life” of the faded thing is guaranteed. In this article we will tell you some very effective ways, thanks to which you do not have to say goodbye to your favorite clothes.

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Shed thing - what to do?

Even the most experienced housewives face the problem of shedding things. Not necessarily such a nuisance can occur if there is an improper proximity during washing or if the correct temperature of the water is not observed. Very often, such embarrassment occurs if you get caught in the rain and get wet through. Therefore, each in the mind raises a perfectly reasonable question: what to do - throw away or not?

Important! Pay attention to the fact that if the natural color has faded from faded clothes, in this case, alas, nothing can be done.


If your problem is that a second color is superimposed on one color, you can try to “reanimate” your favorite clothes. Therefore, if you didn’t manage to remove the standard stains using standard methods, then this is an excellent occasion to take a fresh look at the thing, show your design talents and proceed with “Plan B”!

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Idea 1. Drawings on clothes made of rhinestones

Rhinestone drawings on clothes are a rather stylish and original solution that will help you “reanimate” a faded thing. Today, a huge number of a wide variety of pebbles, as well as ready-made compositions that only need to be glued to the damaged area, are sold in stores of sewing accessories.


The process of creating a new design consists of the following stages:

  • Look at the spoiled thing, carefully think over the ornament or pattern that you would like to apply. If you wish, you can find a lot of inspiring ideas on the Internet.

Important! If you don’t have time to fantasize, and you need to solve the problem as soon as possible, take your faded clothes with you to the store and choose the most suitable ready-made composition of rhinestones, which will not only close the defect, but also add sophistication to the product.

  • Degrease the damaged area. This is necessary so that the rhinestones adhere well and do not fall off when wearing or washing, thereby creating a new problem.
  • Transfer rhinestones to the surface of the product.

Important! If you use a ready-made composition, the pattern can be transferred to clothes immediately after degreasing. If you want to lay out your ornament or pattern of rhinestones, first you need to make a stencil on which you will lay rhinestones on the surface of the product.

  • Iron the finished ornament.

Important! If you decorate a faded thing with rhinestones that are fixed with glue, do not forget to use a napkin that will remove any glue from the surface. So the finished application of rhinestones will look much neater.


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Idea 2. Fabric application

Shed thing - what to do? Thanks to colored fabric applications, you will not only solve the problem, but also present it with a new original and bright design that will not leave anyone indifferent. In addition, such a decor will cost you an order of magnitude cheaper, unlike rhinestone applications, since you only need shreds of fabric, scissors, threads, glue or non-woven and iron, which can always be found in household goods.

The manufacturing process of such decorative elements is very simple and consists of only a few actions:

  1. Think about the topics for future applications. It can be in the form of patches, abstract ornaments, geometric shapes and various animals.
  2. Pick up multi-colored fabrics, cut out elements of the future pattern from them.
  3. Attach to the faded area, secure with tailor pins.
  4. Fasten the finished application. This can be done with a needle and thread, glue or non-woven and a hot iron. In this case, everything depends directly on your skills and desires.

Important! Feel free to show your imagination. The application itself can also be decorated with rhinestones, buttons, sequins, lace, beads or even make it voluminous.


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Idea 3. Glue a sticker on a shed spot

This will be an excellent option if the clothes do not shed so much and the stain from the paint is small. A lot of such stickers are sold in sewing accessories stores - fabric, neon, with imitations of machine embroidery. Therefore, you only need to choose the one that you like, will fit the style and close the stain. As for the gluing process, even a child can handle it: just attach such a sticker to the damaged area and iron it with a heated iron.

Important! To prevent the sticker from burning under the iron and not deteriorating, lay a gauze or cotton cloth over it during gluing. This way you get enough heat for the sticker to stick, without having to clean the iron.


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Idea 4. Lace to help

Lace and guipure today is at the peak of popularity. This will be an ideal “rescue” option, especially if jeans are shed. You can make lace or guipure patches on damaged areas. Thus, you will not only close the stain, but also get an original and fashionable decor.


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Idea 5. Give a new color to the faded thing

If you have no desire to bother with various kinds of decorative inserts, you can simply repaint your faded favorite T-shirt, dress or shirt in a radically different color that will hide such a visible defect.

You can color things in two ways: using natural or special fabric dyes.


We give faded things a new color with natural dyes

Literally every product that lies in your refrigerator and grows in the garden will become a dye of natural origin. You only need to choose the color in which you would like to see the product, for example:

  1. Onion husks, coffee, tea, cinnamon and henna will help to get a brown color.
  2. You will get green using spinach, juniper berries, poplar bark or sorrel.
  3. Natural coffee gives the clothes a deep brown or black color.
  4. Oregano grass, blueberries and beets will create a bright extravaganza of red.
  5. Celandine, sea buckthorn and turmeric will give a juicy orange.
  6. Sage and blackberry will help you get a blue dye.
  7. You will get yellow from carrots, wormwood, turmeric and birch bark.


Important! If you decide to color faded things using natural dyes, it is very important to prepare them correctly, so that in the end the finished result will meet all your expectations:

  • Pour the chosen base for obtaining the desired color with water, the amount of which should be twice as much. Put on fire and bring to a boil.
  • Leave the finished dye infused. The saturation of the color depends entirely on the amount of time how much the raw materials settled.
  • Strain the finished mash through a sieve.That's all, the paint base is ready. Now you just need to lower the product into it and follow the uniformity of coloring.


We color faded clothes with household dyes

Despite the fact that natural paints do not fade, nevertheless it is a rather risky business, as they may not give the desired shade or unevenly paint an already spoiled thing. In addition, due to its concentration, the natural dye cannot always block dark or too bright spots. Therefore, if you are not ready to take risks, you can use standard dyes for fabrics. They will present a new bright and beautiful color that will block any spots.


In order for you to succeed qualitatively, we offer you some practical tips that will come in handy during this process:

  • To recolor a faded thing that was originally burgundy red or brown in black, to achieve a deeper hue, add a little green to the black dye - it neutralizes red tones.

Important! If you want to make black out of green clothes, add a little brown or purple to the black dye.

  • So that you can correctly calculate the required amount of dye, before staining, the damaged thing must be weighed.
  • The container that you used for staining should not be used in the future for food purposes.
  • If, nevertheless, something went wrong and the product is colored unevenly, dip it in boiling water. This way you can align the color.

Important! So that the problem does not recur, wash freshly colored items separately from other clothes, at least the first 2-3 times.


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We erase things correctly so that they do not fade

In order for you not to encounter this problem in the future, you need to adhere to several rules, thanks to which your wardrobe will always be safe and sound:

  • Always sort things before washing.
  • Do not wash new clothes with the rest of the laundry. It can shed and thus ruin all other things.
  • Pre-soak new clothes in a solution of salt water and vinegar. This way you can fix the paint on the fabric.
  • Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for clothing care products.
  • Always pay attention to the clothes that you wash. If it is sewn from natural fabrics, they shed very rarely, even when washed in hot water. But synthetic ones - on the contrary, they can have a simple rinse in cold water.

Important! Today, specialty wipes are on sale in household chemical stores that help maintain color. To do this, you only need to put one in the drum of the washing machine so that the colors from one product do not pass to another.

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As you can see, the problem of faded clothes is completely solvable, even if standard methods are ineffective. The most important thing is to show a little patience and imagination in order to give a second and completely new life as a result.

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