Recycled Sewing Projects

There has been a lot of talk everywhere about going “green”.  I have been seeing a lot of sewing projects that are using old clothing to create new things.  Some call this refashioning, but it is plain old recycling to me!!  I have a crate full of old clothes and towels just waiting to be turned into something useful again.  So here are some ideas….

T-shirt skirt (all buttoned up)

T-shirt pants (all buttoned up)

Hand Me Up shirt (betz white)

Easy kids pants (rookie moms)

Pants from a t-shirt -for adults (LJ bakedinapie)

Men’s Button Shirt to Cute Cap Sleeved Top (craftster)

Fleece or wool pants from old shirts or sweaters -flickr photoset (twelve paws)

Sweater Pants (that’s kinda cool)

Button down shirt to toddler dress (craftster)

Recycled Sweater Totes (canadian living)

Old Jeans=Toddler Dungarees (made by petchy)

Tank Top to Tote Bag (stitch lounge)

Girls Gathered Valance Top or Dress (stitch lounge)



Shirring (with elastic thread)

This is a new technique to me and I just got up the nerve to try it last week.  I used a mystery remnant from wal-mart since I didn’t want to waste any of the good fabric!  The remnant was the perfect size to make a top for a friends daughter.  It took a lot of fiddling with my machine and ripping out a few rows of stitching but I finally got the settings right.  It is really fun to do once you get it right!  I would show you a picture, but in my excitement to give it away, I forgot to take one.  I am planning some more though so I’ll get some pictures eventually….

I found that on my machine I had to turn the tension up to about 7 or 8 to get the right amount of stretch.  I started with it low and it would barely stretch and the fabric slid around on the elastic. 

Here are some helpful hints for shirring:

Shir Madness Tutorial (portabello pixie)

Sunny Day Top or Dress Tutorial (house on hill road)

Shirred Dress Tutorial (kuky ideas)