Up-cycling sewing classes

Up-cycling sewing classes

Upcycling shirts

Buying fabric for sewing projects can be very expensive so don’t despair there are lots of ways to save the pennies and find good material. Traditionally, patchwork was always about reusing clothes and saving scraps of fabric; this still works, and the same applies to other sewing projects.

Here are some simple ideas that you would be able to put into practise in personalised, tailored up-cycling sewing classes at Spinney Brook Workbox:

  • Men’s shirts have lots of fabric in them and usually only wear out on the collar and cuffs. They have many uses, including cutting up for the fabric, remodelling into a smaller shirt for a child, making into a cushion cover, where the buttons provide the opening.
  • Old duvet covers – again they usually wear along the top, but that leaves metres of good fabric for patchwork, making a great child’s nightie (the cotton is soft after lots of laundering), bedding for a doll’s cot and many other projects.
  • New duvet covers can be cheaper than buying the equivalent amount of fabric by the metre, so if you see a design you love buy the cover and use the fabric for what you want; dressmaking, curtains, quilts etc.
  • A cupboard full of flat sheets that are no longer used? Make them into pillowcases – these can be appliqued as a special gift, or use those lovely stitches on your machine to make each one individual.
  • Remaking old clothes, often cutting down to child sizes or a dress into a skirt, there are many possibilities.

Charity shops are a good source of much of the above, so keep your eyes open and see what treasures you can find.  Then you can come along to either a whole day or half day sewing class and try out your up-cycling ideas.  I am within easy reach of Sudbury, Hadleigh, Bury St Edmunds, Colchester and Ipswich and a warm welcome awaits you.

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