Activity 18: Clothes Upcycling

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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!

 

YOU WILL NEED:

  • A clothing item to upcycle.

  • Sewing Thread

  • Scissors

  • Pins

  • A Sewing Tape

  • A Ruler

WHAT TO DO:

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. 

Clothing Store

Step 2.

 

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

Sewing Tools

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.

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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.

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Step 5.

 

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

 

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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!

 

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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!