I’m so excited to get started on this series! Dana from Sew Thrifty and I have been working on this series for a long time behind the scenes. This series is about the very basics of upcycling and how it can benefit you. Upcycling is to cut up and reuse items of clothing to create an item that will be valued more than the original. It’s a quick way to make clothing with professional-looking details. The next two weeks will be full of shirts, shorts, accessories, baby clothes, and free patterns. We used a whole bunch of free patterns to show different ways of upcycling which you can use on any similar pattern. I can’t wait to share all the fun projects!
- Deal of the day: Look for a discount on clothes or housewares once a month. For example, 50% off all jeans. Stock up on items when they’re discounted.
- Favorite/Frequent Shopper: You might be able to sign up as a favorite shopper to get extra discounts or to get a punch card for free money.
- 50% off certain color tags: Everyday of the week a different colored tag is 50% off. (This is my favorite!)
- Check the closures. Does the zipper work? Do the snaps work? Are there buttons missing, and if there are, are they easy to replace? Are there belt loops missing? Has the elastic lost it’s elasticity? Are any of these closures going to be used in the upcycling?
- Do you like everything but one part like a tag or a pocket? Can that part be easily removed or designed around?
- Check the cleaning instructions. Is it very delicate or dry clean only? Is it worth it to pay for dry cleaning or put in the time to take care of the delicate fabric? Especially for kids?
- Do you love this item enough to think about it for the next couple of days?
- Are you getting it because you need it or you want it? Or are you getting it because it’s a dollar? Don’t get it because it’s on sale, only get it if you love it.
Learn about upcycling benefits and what it saves over at Sew Thrifty today! If you have any projects inspired by this series, feel free to use the tag #upcycledkid to share. We’d love to see what you’re making and share your projects with our readers!