• Winners

    2018 Upcycling Challenge WINNERS!

    HI guys, I know you’re all super excited to see who the winners are for this year’s #CAUpcyclingChallenge, but first I just want to say  TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS YEAR’S CHALLENGE,  YOU ARE EXCEPTIONAL! I commend your courage and effort in submitting  your project and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing it with us. I cannot adequately express how thankful and inspired I am by each and every one of you. You went outside your comfort zone, tried something new and shared it with us, motivated and inspired us and that is definitely something to be celebrated and acknowledge! And secondly,…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Bianca Rothwell

    I found this beautiful dress at the op shop and immediately thought it would look amazing as a Chanel inspired suit for my 5 year old. I thought the tip in the kick off post to use original details from the item being upcycled was a great idea. I kept the original sleeves in the jacket, just resized them as they had an amazing pleat detail. I also kept the original hem and lining in the dress. The dress I made is the “Pleatie Playsuit by Tadah Patterns”, and i drafted the jacket. Thanks for the great tips and inspiration.

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Melody Gould

    I’d been hoarding, what I thought was, the white sheet of eyelet fabric with a pretty decorative edge. However, it turned out to be a shower curtain! LOL While I was going thru my patterns I came across that Violette Field Threads pattern and thought that eyelet would be a great match! Then I found that pretty light blue gauze with white polkadots on the clearance rack at the store and knew it would make the perfect skirt overlay for the eyelet. The lining for the entire bodice is fabric from a ladies white tee-shirt I upcycled (I was afraid that the eyelet fabric *might* have some openings where they shouldn’t…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Melody Gould

    This upcycle started as a fat eigth of the Michael Miller print, a yard of the pink to match, and a tunic that I made for myself a while back but didn’t like the way the fabric hung. When pulling fabric for this challenge, I happened to pull the Michael Miller print out of the shelves where the tunic was hanging (I’d been pondering what to do with it because I love the fabric just not on me). I noticed how well they went together and started trying to figure out what to do with them and the idea for this dress was born. While sorting thru my digital patterns,…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Melody Gould

    I’ve been holding onto this Michael Miller fabric for a while unsure what to do with it when this challenge started. I brought it with me to the flea market where I found a ladies tee-shirt and sheer blouse that matched the colors perfectly! I decided to make a shirt and shorts from those 2 tops and the yard of fabric. The 2 shirts into the one I made was a bit of a struggle because the sleeves were transofrmed from traditional sleeves into raglan style. While this would’ve been easy enough if I was making a smaller size, but since my little girl wears a size 14/16, I needed…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Melody Gould

    While I was looking at the leftover bits of the FQ I had of Michael Miller fabric I thought that the fussy cut kids would be cut as pockets. It was then that I decided to use them on an apron of sorts. Instead of the traditional apron, this one slips over the head. The red fabric is from a pair of womens pants. The cute print was fussy cut from a fat quarter. What you don’t see in the plastic bags that I also used for this project. After fusing them together to make a large sheet, it was cut to size and is actually sandwiched between the layers of red…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Polly Meza

    My name is Polly from My Petite Sophie (IG  @mypetitesophie). I was very excited when I first heard of the Upcycling Challenge but due to previous engagements I thought I won’t be able to participate. Luckily the deadline was extended and here I am, at the last minute, submitting my project. 🙂 Some info about the dress I made: I am a very avid buyer of ‘fabric’ at thrift stores. The moment I saw this brand new skirt I knew I wanted to turn it into a dress for my big girl. With all that beautiful embroidery, who wouldn’t want that? I used the lining of the original skirt for…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Kimberly Richardson

    Hello! Here is my submission for the Upcycling Challenge.  This is my first time upcycling and I decided to start in my closet.  I have two dresses that I have been hanging on to for a long time with hopes that I would wear them again one day.  Both dresses were from the Liberty of London line from Target.  I looked it up and they were run in 2010 and the last time I remember wearing either of them I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, who is about to turn 7.  Neither are particularly my style, but what I love about them is the fabric, which is why I…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Brad Doeden

    I am an architect that enjoys sewing as a hobby.  Frequently I’m asked to create and alter costumes for local theatrical productions.  Since my daughter and I frequently enjoy sharing sewing tips, tricks, and tales she suggested that I check out your blog.  She thought the challenge would be a perfect fit for me to try.  I agreed.  Immediately I went to the closet and pulled out three tired old shirts that had seen better days.  The real challenge was to bring some life back to the future garment.  I considered glitter and rickrack and bows.  I settled on a black sheer with bright flowers of complementary colors to do…