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Refashion & Recycle

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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Stash Couture Logo Tunic 2 Replies

Using parts and pieces of a college logo sweatshirt, 2 yards of Stash knit fabric and…Continue

Tags: logo, 8876, Vogue, recycle, T-shirt

Started by Destashification. Last reply by Destashification Jan 31.

Stash Couture Logo Tunic 1 Reply

Using parts and pieces of a college logo sweatshirt, 2 yards of Stash knit fabric and…Continue

Tags: logo, 8876, Vogue, recycle, T-shirt

Started by Destashification. Last reply by Karen Jan 31.

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.

Refashioning & Recycling Videos!

DIY Sweater Boots - Nice Gift Idea for Teen Girls


"Make your own cozy boots for winter! It's actually pretty simple :D You can wear them around the house or outside. AND they make a great gift for Christmas!"

More Sweater Recycling Ideas and Projects:

Sweaterpants For Baby Out of Sweater Sleeves Tutorial
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DIY Lace Caftan T-Shirt Recon - Threadbanger


Learn how to make a super chic lace caftan style t-shirt and start enjoying your life. Click to Subscribe! Trash to Couture…

Blazer ReStyle!


Corinne shows you how to turn an old blazer into more than three different garments!…

How to Sew a Two-Piece Swimsuit With a Peplum


Online Sewing Class

How to make a two piece (Dolce & Gabbana inspired) swimsuit out of a boring old one-piece suit. This two piece is very flattering and great for covering up a bit of a…

Sew a Peplum Top - Refashioning Sewing Tutorial


Online Sewing Class

Sew a great DIY jumper with a gathered peplum top, out of two regular men's jumpers, for under £30 and in just 20 minutes. I call this technique 'Clothes Combining'. It's a great way to get a professional finish to a…

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