Activity 18: Clothes Upcycling

If like me, you are getting a bit fed up with your current clothes, why not look at ways to alter or upcycle your clothes and give them a new lease of life!



  • A clothing item to upcycle.

  • Sewing Thread

  • Scissors

  • Pins

  • A Sewing Tape

  • A Ruler


Step 1.


Choose a garment you no longer want to wear.

Ask yourself why you don’t want to wear it anymore. This will give you an idea of what you can do with it – making you want to wear it again. 

Step 2.


Gather all your materials: your clothing item, thread, scissors, pins, a sewing tape or ruler.

Step 3.

Place all your materials on a big flat surface (a floor will do just fine) and decide what you would like to change on your clothing. A little change can make a huge difference! We are not making a garment!

I decided to make a cardigan out of a jumper I no longer like.

Step 4.

I’ll now continue with my example but below you will find more ideas on what to do. To make a cardigan I cheated with this jumper as it already had a straight line in the middle, which I could cut. I cut that without measuring.

Step 5.


Now fold the sides of the cardigan, I double folded it as I wanted to put an emphasis on the folds.


Step 6.


Now add pins onto your fold to start sewing. You can sew by hand or machine.

It’s as simple as that! I wore my new cardigan the whole day with enjoyment, giving it a new leash of life!


The photos clearly show why I didn’t like the garment anymore: all the fluff making it look like it was years old. By adding the small changes, it is no longer as visible (although much more on the photos).



Upcycling ideas:

  • Add a button or two to your clothing item.

  • Cut a dress in half and sew the bottom half into a chunky scarf


If you make one of these, please send us a photo - we would love to see!

Colorful Pattern

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