• 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Monica Boon

    This year, my New Years’ Resolution was not to buy any new clothes for myself. If I needed something, I have to make it. When this Upcycling Challenge came up, it was taking my own personal challenge to the next level–not only not buy clothes, but now I shouldn’t buy fabric. So, I can only work with what I already have. For this challenge, I decided to turn my “outgrown” pants to something I can wear again. It seems that the overalls/pinafore look is the trend right now, so I decided to jump on it. I used new fabric from my stash to line the bib piece. I now have…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Alejandra K

    My name is Alejandra. I am a stay at home Mom who thanks to an awesome friend and neighbor started sewing a couple of years ago. This upcycled is inspired on my daughter.  She is very crafty and creative and loves to have an input in whatever I decide to sew. This pj /lounge shorts are really comfortable and great to wear with a tank top.  These are just the kind of clothes she wears during summer. The project was really fun for both of us. She help me choose the new fabric and the color of the ribbon she wanted.  Hope you love it as much as we do!…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Alma Lahmon

    I am always looking for new ways to expand my sewing knowledge, techniques and creativity.  A pretty thrift store skirt, a cute little dress pattern from See Kate Sew and my beautiful great niece Leona, were the perfect combination for this challenge.  I disassembled the skirt making sure to keep the original hem with the orange ribbon. New orange fabric was used as the lining for the bodice and additional orange fabric was used for the bloomers. I created a scrappy fabric flower and attached it to a headband for a completed look!! As you can see, Leona is the perfect model for this adorable cotton upcycled summer dress.  

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Bonnie Malterer

    When my grandma passed I acquired her flower pins. What to do with them? Besides having a lot of flower pins she was also a flower gardener. This is what I came up with. Box of Grandma’s pins -Old Bought black quilted fabric and black binding. – New Used up fabric scraps – Old & New Wall hanging “Grandma’s Flower Garden.”     

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Betsy Chadd

    My daughter has admired my wedding dress from the time she was a little girl. She has said for years that she wanted to modernize it for her own use “someday.” My tea-length Scott McClintock, purchased in 1984, was surprisingly in great shape and ready for the challenge of the upcycle project! Emma gets married on July 21, 2018, so when I read about the challenge on Instagram, I knew the timing couldn’t have been better! We chose Butterick 6854 for her wedding rehearsal dress and a pink ponte knit fabric for a little more structure than a typical, lighter-weight knit. I added the vintage layer of lace from my…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Jenna Thornborough

    I chose this shirt to upcycle because I love the colour but it is hard to iron, and always looked scruffy. I paired it with a grey cotton/lycra jersey knit fabric to create a nice casual tunic. The kick-off post inspired me to keep the collar stand, placket and yoke from the original shirt to create a colour blocked effect. It also gave me the idea to use the rest of the shirt as fabric to create the hood and bias binding for the armholes. My favourite part about this upcycle was creating the dandelion image. The shirt fabric frayed easily and looked like dandelion fluff so I stitched scraps…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Merav Ruthman

    Thanks so much for extending the challenge. This is probably my favorite upcycle of all time! I recently been inspired to BUY LESS and WEAR MORE. I decided this Summer-that unless my daughter absolutely needs something I can’t/don’t want to make-the rest of her wardrobe will be handmade and I will try to upcycle from my closet, my husbands closet and even her closet. Down to lining her dresses with my husbands volleyball shirts (he gets them for free after each league) and recycling all her pants that are a few inches to short (woohoo growth spurt) into summer shorts. Love recycling from inside our home. I have always wanted…