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The great thing about recycled and refashioned clothing is the way that old clothes, styles and fabrics inspire the designers to create something gorgeous and new.

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Restyling denim shorts to shoulder bag 3 Replies

I saw these pinstriped shorts with turn-ups in a charity shop and loved the self-covered buttons.  I decided they would make a great bag.…Continue

Started by Karen. Last reply by Karen Mar 13, 2013.

Recycling jeans into an Apron

Well as I said I had been given a load of jeans to recycle, and this time I decided to use the legs to make myself an apron.  I never know how much detail to put in, so here is quite a…Continue

Started by Karen Feb 25, 2013.

Using up the rest of that denim shirt!

A while ago I made this apron from the back of a man's denim shirt, and did freemotion embroidered Poppies on the pocket.  …Continue

Started by Karen Feb 25, 2013.

How to Make a Slouchy Beanie Hat from a Sweater 1 Reply

This is a really simple sewing project the whole thing could be made by hand really quickly.Tutorial by…Continue

Tags: tutorial, sewing, knit, thrift, ConsciouslyModest

Started by Susan. Last reply by EDITH Dec 21, 2012.

Sweater Dress Refashion Into a Hi-Lo Sweater - by Fashion Toppings

In this video, Fashion Toppings took a long black and white sweater dress and made it into a cropped hi-low sweater.…Continue

Tags: crop, shorten, dress, Fashion_Toppings, tutorial

Started by Susan Dec 18, 2012.

Refashion a Sweater to a Beret Hat and Wrist Warmers

In this video, "Fashion Toppings" shows you how to make a dressy hat and wrist warmers out of a small thrift store sweater. The hat fits like a slouchy beret and the arm warmers keep you warm while…Continue

Tags: refashion, to, how, workshop, recycle

Started by Susan Dec 18, 2012.

Making a bag from a sweater - without felting it 13 Replies

I saw this sweater in a charity shop sale for £2 and thought it was a lovely material, so I decided to make it into a bag, and sketched out a design.…Continue

Started by Karen. Last reply by Susan L Johnson-Boyce Oct 27, 2012.

Fitted Team Mom Top from Logo t-shirt 1 Reply

Team Logo T-shirts.Boxy and bag-like.…Continue

Started by Destashification. Last reply by Yvonne Oct 10, 2012.

Recycling a button-down front of a shirt to use as pillow closure 6 Replies

You will never have to make a button h***, or sew a button on a pillow again... if you recycle an old shirt. …Continue

Tags: closure, button_hole, Prior_Lives, pillow, shirt

Started by Susan. Last reply by Ags Oct 5, 2012.

Recycled man's denim shirt to apron 2 Replies

Found this big man's shirt in the charity shop a while ago and stashed it.  Then Gracie gave me the idea of a denim apron.…Continue

Started by Karen. Last reply by Priscilla King Aug 19, 2012.

News from PatternPile

Hey there!Just a quick email to let you know I've posted a new bag @ Check it out!Happy…Continue

Started by Karen Jul 24, 2012.

How to convert that old skirt into a stylish bag 1 Reply


Tags: style, stylish, bolso, wardrobe, closet

Started by Susan. Last reply by Patricia May 26, 2012.

Making a bag from a sweater - without felting it - Part 3

Found another sweater bag made without felting!'A Lemon Squeezy Home' held a 'Purse Week' back in October…Continue

Tags: tote, bag, sweater

Started by Karen May 20, 2012.

Bow Shorts Upcycling Video Tutorial


Tags: bows, thrift, sewing, shorts, short

Started by Susan May 11, 2012.

Romantic T-shirt Makeover Tutorial by Sachiko


Tags: flowers, tearose, tea, rose, roses

Started by Susan May 10, 2012.

HELP!!! 4 Replies

This jacket is about 3 sizes too big for me now!! Its made of 100% Genuine leather. Has 2 pockets in the bottom front. Any ideas on how to refashion it would be greatly appreciated...keep in mind…Continue

Tags: leather, jacket, refashion

Started by Cin Whynot. Last reply by Cin Whynot May 9, 2012.

Making a bag from a sweater - without felting it - Part 2 1 Reply

Found this when I was researching recycling my sweaterHi, I’m Ashley…welcome to my…Continue

Tags: tote, bag, sweater, recycle

Started by Karen. Last reply by sawsan May 9, 2012.

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