Bored of basic sneakers and jeans? Create one-of-a-kind, customized pieces—no sewing skills needed!

By Rebecca Daly
Updated October 17, 2017

You don’t have to have a fashion design degree (or even know how to use a needle and thread) to add a personalized touch to your favorite everyday pieces. These updates couldn’t be easier.

Make your kids’ (or your own) simple canvas sneakers shine with removable—and reusable—stick-on glitter patches, like these stars from Trend:Bar (they’re only $4). Just cut to fit, peel off the backing, stick and go.

To give a handbag an on-trend, 3D embellished look, pick up a handful of Trend:Bar’s luxe-looking, vegan leather flower stickers—they're removable and reusable, just like the patches, and ring in at only $5. If you’re attaching them to the strap of a bag, just plan your placement, cut the backing to fit, and stick.

Feeling a little craftier? Add trim to a plain denim skirt—without using a sewing machine. Fabric glue will do the trick. Try Tear Mender Fabric Glue ($6), available at It works on almost any textile, from denim to leather, dries quickly with a flexible bond, and is even waterproof.

Give a classic denim jacket a little more personality by adding an iron-on patch. A bright option like this one adds a fun pop of color, but if it’s not for you, there’s a vast array of options out there to suit your taste.

Lastly, embroidered jeans are having a major moment, and for good reason—they make any casual outfit, including denim and a tee, feel more polished and pulled-together—with no extra effort. Don’t want to splurge on a new pair? Get the look by adding iron-on embroidered patches, like these from M&J Trimming, to a pair you already own.