Upcycling Sewing Project Round-Up

Upcycling refers to the repurposing of a discarded item or material, turning it into something new and exciting that is of better quality than the original item. The idea is to divert materials from the landfill, giving them a new purpose. Today we share our favorite tips, tutorials and projects for upcycling sewing projects.

First, train your eye to see the potential in items before you discard them, and create a space in your sewing room where you can store them for upcycling projects.  If you’re new to upcycling, start by going through your closet and pulling out any items that no longer fit or are no longer being worn. Old clothes and sheets are definitely at the top of the list for materials to save and reuse, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box: coats, curtains, neckties and even plastic bags can be turned into something new and wonderful!

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Worn out jeans can get a new life as so many things, like…..

upcycled denim coasters
upcycled tote bag from denim jeans
upcycled denim jeans quilt
upcycled denim craft aprons
upcycled denim jeans book covers

Jersey T-Shirts

Got old T-shirts? There are loads of creative ways to keep your favorite tees close by, even if you don’t wear them any more.

upcycled t-shirt market bag
upcycled t-shirt necklace
upcycled t-shirt rug
upcycled t-shirt pillows

Everything Else

Here are even more ways to creatively re-use what you have on hand, from old coats to tea towels and even plastic bags!

upcycled beach bag from jacket
upcycled tea towel backpack
Upcycled Mini Plant Pot Cover from Leather Jacket
Upcycled Hot Pack from Socks
Upcycled Sweater Pouf Ottoman
Upcycled Necktie Zipper Pouch
Recycled Coin Purse from Plastic Bag
DIY Crinkle Toy from Plastic Scraps
Upcycled Plastic Bag Basket

We hope this post inspires you to get creative; there are so many amazing things you can sew using what you have on hand! Whether you’re just getting started with your quilting and sewing adventure or have enjoyed many years perfecting your stitches, we’re pleased to be your go-to for whatever you need to make your next project shine. You can contact us online, give us a call at (815) 836 - 8735, email us or order online for mail delivery or curbside pickup. 

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Upcycling Sewing Project Round-Up