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100 Methods to Upcycle your clothes


If you’ve got a closet full of clothing that doesn’t fit or isn’t flattering, you don’t have to dump it all at the thrift store drop-off. There’s another solution: upcycle it! That old clothing is actually like having an extra stash of fabric, ready to be sewn! Here are 100 ways to upcycle the clothes in your closet.

Whether you convert it into something more wearable for you or turn it into something completely different, the possibilities are endless with a few old clothes and a little imagination.



I have been off of work the past two days and I got to enjoy a quick little road trip up to Indianapolis with my parents. It was short, but still very fun and it was great to see them again. It was sad to see them go!

You may have noticed (or you may not), but I have made a few more cosmetic changes to the blog! I’m pretty excited about it.

My mom and I hit some antique malls on the drive up to Indy, which is always exciting. It’s rare to find cheap old clothing at antique stores, but I ended up snagging a dress for a refashion project at a good price! I’ll be sure to post that tutorial another time. But as for today, we have another awesome project!

Finally, you guys get to look at a new face!
This is my friend Lauren; isn’t she beautiful?
So here’s the story: Lauren had a dress that she loved, but after shrinking in the laundry a few too many times, it became too short. She told me the problem and I knew that together we could create a great solution!
We headed out to Hobby Lobby and found this really pretty lace trim that would make the dress a better length. After sewing it on the bottom, we had our finished product and she was thrilled with her new dress! It’s amazing what a little lace and sewing can accomplish.
There are tons of pictures for this tutorial since I had a helper! Read on for instructions!
Here’s what you’ll need:
-Dress or skirt to be lengthened (you could also do shorts!)
-Lace trim (many different kinds available at various crafting stores – ours was from Hobby Lobby)
-sewing machine/thread/pins/tailor’s chalk, etc.
Here’s what you do:
*I’ll be referring to the bottom half of the dress that we’ll be working on as the skirt of the dress.
1. Lay the skirt part of the dress out as flat as you can. This one was gathered so make sure you lay it out so that it is completely flat. We had gotten a yard and a half of the lace trim but since the material was gathered at the waist so much, we didn’t have enough. To solve this problem, we took in the sides of the bottom half of the dress; details below.
(Steps 2-3 involve taking in the skirt’s circumference to adjust for insufficient lace; skip if you don’t have this problem)
2. Lay the lace (folded in half) at the bottom of the skirt part where you’ll be attaching it. Mark with tailor’s chalk where you need to take the skirt in so that the lace will fit all the way around. Make a mark that tapers up to the waistline so that you aren’t taking in any of the waistline which should already fit. (It should be a diagonal line to the edge of the skirt).
3. Once you have it marked, pin all the way up to the waist and sew. Try it on to make sure that it isn’t too tight and then cut away the excess material (but not too close to the seam).
4. Now is the time for sewing on the lace! Line the ends of the folded over lace with one of the seams on the side of the skirt. Then, pin in place and sew.
Like my ring? It’s made out of a quarter! Check it out here if you missed it.
5. Once you have sewn the lace all the way around the bottom of the skirt, cut off the excess and pin the two edges together. Then, sew.
And you’re done! Look at how nicely it turned out:
The only cost of this project was the lace since Lauren already had the dress.
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Refashionista – Delia from Delia Creates

Welcome to Day 3 of Refashionista. Today our guest is Delia of Delia Creates. I adore Delia. Her blog feels like entering a comfortable, warm home. It’s full of beautiful ideas, gorgeous pictures, and she has two adorable boys! (She’s also got a little girl on the way.) If you haven’t been to her blog before you need to check it out. She’s awesome.

Hi I Am Momma readers! I am thrilled to be here today.
Cheri’s blog is full of wonderful creative inspiration for crafting, for motherhood, and for life. So I’m pretty honored to be her guest today!

I love re-purposing projects, because you get to take something useless to you and make it useful again…or maybe even something you love. 🙂
Such is the case with some too tight, too short sweaters I had, that I converted to cardigans.
I know, I know…this has been done before – a lot, but this is my version of a:

With most cardigans you have buttons that line the length of it so you could technically wear it as a blouse if needed.
With these cardigans, because they are starting out as too tight and too short sweaters, there are only two to three buttons that clasp the cardigan partially closed. This is how I wear most of my cardigans anyway…so it works!
This idea is really simple, but I provide some tips and detailed methods to help you achieve a durable, beautiful outcome.
You just need two strips of matching or complimentary fabric, about 2 inches wide and at least 2 inches longer than the length of your sweater down the middle. A cute fat quarter will work for many sweater lengths and gives you plenty of fabric. If you want your cardigan to clasp close you will also need some buttons, or toggles and some elastic.

Matching thread looks best…but as you’ll see I didn’t for two of my cardigans. You use so little thread with this project…and I’m cheap. 🙂

Let’s begin.

1. MAKE SURE you pre-wash your fabric. This is an absolutely must. If you skip this step, the fabric will shrink, and pucker and pull on the sweater in unattractive ways when you wash it.
2. Measure and cut your fabric strips. Two inches wide and at least two inches longer than the length of your sweater down the middle.
3. Cut your sweater down the middle. I made some faint marks with a ruler and pencil to make sure I cut it nice and straight. *Be careful not to stretch your sweater as you measure and cut.
4. Iron one long side of your fabric strips under about 1/4 of an inch.
5. Pin and sew the fabric strips to the cut portion of your sweater. You want right sides together. The side with the fabric ironed over is the wrong side. Don’t skip the pinning. Sweaters often stretch and pull. Pinning will help you keep everything even and where it should be.
Also, I highly recommend you increase your stitch length a bit since you are working with sweater knit. It will pull on the fabric less, create more even stitches with no skipping…just a good idea. You probably should also use a ball point needle made for knits…but I didn’t. I just used a universal needle with an increased stitch length.
6. Flip the fabric strip over and fold under each side of the sweater/cardigan. Fold the top and bottom portions under as well. Pin {don’t skip this} and sew. You can sew near the inside seam, or not. I didn’t for this one, but did for others.

7. Last step! 🙂 You can just leave it as is, or add buttons. Remember what I said about increasing your stitch length? Well…I should have done it with my button holer too. I didn’t with this yellow cardigan and the button holer kept breaking my thread, stretching my fabric and ended up giving me less than desirable results.

I increased my stitch length as much as I could with this purple cardigan and achieved MUCH better results. This is also a thick knit shirt, instead of a sweater knit, so that might have helped too.

Don’t know how to use a button holer? This tutorial from MADE or this one from Grosgrain can help you. I learned from the Grosgrain one because I have a Brother sewing machine like Kathleen.

For this tan cardigan I put in toggles. I just picked up some toggles in the buttons/notions aisle at Jo-Ann and snagged some tan ponytail holders from Walmart. For my sweater I only needed two ponytail elastics, half of one elastic for each loop.

At step 5, just sandwich the elastic in between the fabric strip and sweater and sew it in. Make sure to go back and forth over it a few times to strengthen the seam where the toggles are. It can be fussy to get the elastic sewn in initially, but with a little patience it turns out quite nicely.

I also top stitched over the inside seam when I was done, to strengthen the seam and toggles even more.
And now, I have three cardigans I love…

…instead of of three sweaters/shirts I was going to give away.

Bonus…I don’t have to worry about them fitting over my ever growing belly either. 🙂

P.S. If you’re wondering how these wash. I just washed mine and they did great. Just remember to follow original washing instructions for the sweater you re-fashioned. Depending on what fabric you choose to line the inside with, you might need to re-press it after each wash. I used cotton and I didn’t have to do any pressing.

Thanks for having me over Cheri!

Happy Re-fashioning!

Thank you SO much for such a clever, practical idea. I’m sure we all have a few shirts or sweaters that could use this tutorial. You can leave a comment for Delia here or visit her blog HERE. Thanks for reading.

Ruchey Goodness Tutorial

If there are any fellow sewers out there who actually wanted to try out the ruchey goodness shirt, I have made a tutorial for you! Here are the following steps.

Remove original neckband (if you want to reuse it, seam rip it and set it aside)
Fold front of shirt in half, mark the distance from the fold of how much you want to take out (I removed 3 inches from the centre, 6 in total)
You can either leave the middle section folded, or unfold it like I did. You will use this piece as a template for your new section.
Take your middle piece and lay it down on the other piece of fabric that will become your new middle piece. Add once inch around the side and the top (for seam allowance) I added 20 inches from the bottom of the original hem. Add as much or as little as you want for desired ruching effect.
Now gather the fabric. I gathered mine by basting, and then hand gathering.
Pin the right sides together of the new middle piece and the front sides.
Pin your neckband to the shirt. I have also re-hemmed the bottom and taken the sleeves up
Once you are all hemmed up, you are finished, voila!!

Yea, I hate taking my own picture, that is why I am wearing those glasses.





to be continued…


Revamp your garments with these superb DIY refashions. The upcycle concepts are excellent to your closet. Speak about wardrobe overload!

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