Refashioning and upcycling sewing projects

Fabric is fabric, but sometimes it’s inconveniently packaged as old curtains or a dress in your closet that you wore a decade ago.  Learn how to upcycle clothes, get upcycling sewing ideas for clothes refashioning, upcycle sewing patterns and start practicing upcycling sewing with these upcycling sewing projects.  You’ll be amazed at what refashioning will teach you about sewing.

diy t-shirt dress finished

Quick and cute DIY t-shirt dress: How to turn a t-shirt into a dress (2T-14 sizes)

This post is all about showing you how to turn a t-shirt into a dress. If you’ve got some t-shirts that your kids have outgrown in length but still fit on top, this is a perfect way to get some extra life out of that t-shirt. To do this, I’ll show you how to add …

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DIY extender top under t-shirt

Top too short? Fix it now and make this DIY shirt extender

Today I’m showing you how to make a DIY shirt extender. Do you remember that time when it seemed like every single t-shirt out there was too dang short? I swear that time when low rise jeans were a thing AND short tops wasn’t my favorite! I thought I had gotten rid of all of …

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DIY Valentine's Day t-shirt

How to make a DIY Valentine’s Day t-shirt with sweetness and lace

Today I’m showing how to make a quick DIY Valentine’s Day t-shirt. This is a quick and easy sewing project because we’re starting with a store bought tee. We’ll first do a little bit of deconstruction. Then we’ll add some sweet Telio stretch heart lace, some quick stitching, and finally put things back together. And …

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finished diy v-neck t-shirt

How to alter a shirt neckline (DIY v-neck t-shirt)

Today I’m going to show you how to alter a shirt neckline through making a simple DIY v-neck t-shirt. We’ve all been there: you find a fun tee but it’s got a crew neck that’s not too comfy to wear. You love the v-neck style and yet, here you are staring at this crew neck. …

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belted cardigan into a zippered jacket

How to turn a belted cardigan into a zippered jacket and stay warm

Here’s an easy refashion: Today we’re turning a belted cardigan into a zippered jacket. I’ve never loved how you constantly have to tie and retie a belted cardigan when you wear it. When it’s cold outside, you need a sweater that stays closed on your body, am I right?   I’m going to show you …

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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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DIY fingerless gloves

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 hat

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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sewing supplies at thrift stores: vintage notions

15 unusual sources for sewing supplies at thrift stores

I really am always on the hunt for sewing supplies at thrift stores. I affectionately call my local thrift store my weird fabric store, and it’s for good reason. There’s so many good supplies you can find for your sewing hobby that you can find at a charity shop, garage sale, antique store or estate …

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