What if you could transform your old clothes with simple sewing into things you'd actually wear every day?
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When sewing inspiration isn't happening
Have you felt like this?
Scissors in hand and a thirst for something different...
I started taking apart my old clothes (+ ones I thrifted) and transforming them into something new. In the process I learned more about how clothes are put together, my hands learned how to handle different types of fabric, and I learned how fabrics aged over time.
Because my found treasures came on the cheap, I refashioned everything I could get my hands on! Refashioning is now a regular part of my sewing life, and I couldn’t imagine sewing without it. The creative challenge of breaking down something old to make something new will never get old for me.
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Have a look inside this 70 page eguide
12 Sewing tutorials
12 unique refashion projects with full step-by-step tutorials to help get you excited about refashioning and sewing (mostly) without patterns. Most projects require little yardage, and there’s lots of ideas for using up scraps.
2 Extra patterns
In addition to all the tutorials, there’s 2 free patterns inside for the denim flowers and extra pieces for the Sunny Days Skirt.
Helpful sewing tips
Be sure to catch all the helpful sewing tips and refashioning advice that’ll help you understand why it is we do what we do as sewists, plus talk about my favorite tools and notions.
Dash of DIY
Don’t miss the ideas to make these refashions your own with the suggested embellishments and splashes of DIY throughout.
What others are saying...
what's up? I'm Elizabeth!
Hi I’m Elizabeth, and refashioning + me = happy face. It’s been a regular part of my creative sewing life the last 11 years. I hang my hat at elizabethmadethis.com where it’s my mission to help you sew something creative. And boy howdy if refashioning isn’t about just that!
My work has been featured in Altered Couture and I developed a line of upcycled clothing for the boutique SEWN in Denver.
I’m a Mom to 4, and wife to one awesome guy. We live in Colorado in view of the majestic Rockies. We love nerdy strategic board games and all things baseball.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm fresh out of ideas when it comes to refashioning!
Good fabric is good fabric no matter the source. Sometimes the source is sitting on a hanger! Still it can be hard to see past that pair of jeans in front of you and imagine what it could be. Inside Easy Refashions for Every Season you’ll learn pro upcycling tips and creative sewing techniques to reinvent your old garments.
How do you find fabric worth refashioning? My local thrift store never has anything worth refashioning!
You don’t have to be a thrifting ninja to be a refashionista. Start with your own closet–I just bet there’s some prime, FREE fabric hanging out in there! You’ll also learn thrifting tips inside of Easy Refashions for Every Season that’ll help you become an expert at spotting the best materials for refashioning.
can you save good quality but ugly fabric?
You bet your biscuits yes. I’ll go so far as o say you can almost always save good fabric. Woven throughout Easy Refashions for Every Season, you’ll pick up embellishment ideas and some DIY magic you can throw at any fabric that’ll make your handmade refashions all the better.