Refashion it!

Refashion it!

closeup of refashioned sweater

Refashion: to transform an old garment or accessory into something new. Find refashioning and upcycling techniques you can use in your sewing right here. You’ll be saving money and breathing new life into old fabric.

unique refashion ideas with refashioned t-shirt

11 reasons why refashioning is awesome for all sewists

My deep dive into refashioning started when my sons were little. Packing them up in the car to drive across town to a fabric store that might not have had what I needed was really difficult. What I discovered instead was my local thrift store aka my weird fabric store. It’s 5 minutes away and…

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Winter + your cold hands =must sew DIY fingerless gloves

I am always up for a good sweater refashion, and today I’m showing you how to tackle DIY fingerless gloves. Several years ago I started making these in droves. They are a life saver in winter! They’re perfect for those mornings your hands are cold but you still want to be able to do things….

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Sweater deconstructed: how to make a hat from a sweater

It’s a sweater deconstruction kind of day, and on the docket is how to make a hat from a sweater. Quick, go check your closet. I just bet there’s a forgotten sweater hanging out lurking in there. Maybe it’s the shrunken victim of the washer and dryer, or maybe it’s just been in storage for…

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10 minute full slip tutorial

Today I’m showing you how to make a slip from an old camisole. I love wearing dresses, but often you come across fabric that doesn’t sit well on its own. Maybe it’s semi-translucent, maybe it’s clingy. When you have fabrics like this, a lining is a great option. But what if you don’t want to…

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Maxi Dress Refashion to an Asymmetric top

On today’s bill is a maxi dress refashion. I’m always up for a good refashion, and maxi dresses have a lot going for them. Mostly a whole lotta fabric, both in width and length. This makes an old maxi dress that’s hanging out in your closet a GREAT candidate for refashioning. On the refashion scale,…

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Refashioned sweater shrug tutorial

Cooler mornings are starting to set in here in Colorado, which means I’m starting to think more about refashioned sweaters. I’ve got several ideas rattling around in my brain, and today I’m starting with this refashioned sweater shrug tutorial. All you need for this easy sweater refashion is an old sweater, a couple yards of…

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What makes a great thrift store refashion?

What makes a great thrift store refashion? I started out this post as a DIY tutorial for this chevron sweater. Soon it was more complicated than useful. But as I’ve been staring at the blank screen for far too long, I started thinking long about refashioning. What makes a great thrift store refashion? Probably an…

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Pompoms make the ultimate no-sew ugly Christmas sweater

I can’t say that I ever participated in the Ugly Christmas sweater phenomenon growing up.  Yes, I did DIY a Santa hat with lots of lights for orchestra performances in junior high, but an ugly Christmas sweater?  Nope.  So the past several years, I’ve seen more and more of these absurdly over-the-top creations ranging from…

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DIY Quilted coat from ombre curtain

As the year draws to a close, I’ve been thinking about my general work habits a lot.  It seems my projects are either things that can be done at breakneck speed or slow, methodical affairs that take planning, precision, and ample time.  I wonder what projects in the middle of the road would look like! …

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Cutout t-shirt refashions: summer trio

Summer still lingers here so I’m catching up on writing up the last of my summer projects before I move on into my fall makes.  Earlier in the summer, I picked up a few t-shirts at the thrift store for refashions.  One of them, you already saw me re-make in my Split Flutter Sleeve hack…

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Double collar rain jacket from a caftan

I’ve been waiting for Patternreview’s Upcycle Contest.  It’s no secret that I love to work with upcycled materials, so I jumped on the idea of this challenge post haste.  My original idea was a bomber jacket with hood for my oldest son, but it seems like a better project for fall.  I went to the…

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DIY Lion hoodie and Very Shannon Sally Dress

This diy lion hoodie and Very Shannon Sally dress are two of the projects I’ve made for my kids of late.  The dress was for Easter, though I’m just getting around to writing it up now, and the lion hoodie is the result of a challenge a sewing friend gave me. DIY Lion Hoodie One…

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Jeanius Pastel Denim Trench Coat

When Portia Lawrie of Makery announced that this years #Refashioners2016 challenge was denim, I couldn’t not participate in the community challenge.  Between my catalog of my own jeans I’ve made and the wide variety of details collected on my Altered Denim board, it should be clear that when in comes to denim, I’m very serious…

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