Upcycle unwanted clothes, and learn how to restitch them into 20 stylish home accessories and garments
Are you trying to cut down on clothing and fabric waste, but short on ideas of what to do with unwanted garments, bedsheets or curtains? In a brand-new collaboration between sewing superstar Debbie Shore and her dressmaker-blogger daughter, Kimberley Hind, here are 20 unexpected but amazingly practical, stunning ideas for upcycling and repurposing pre-loved fabrics to make accessories for both you and your home!
Beginning with invaluable guidance on choosing your fabrics, as well as the essential notions and extras you'll need, discover a stunning, contemporary collection of projects to create using old garments and fabric around the house, or saved from thrift/charity stores: a boho-style lampshade made from an old dress; pillows made from men's shirts; a fabulous Mid-century handbag cut from pre-loved ladies' jackets; a chic shirt-sourced throw... There are a whole range of designs to sew and inspire you!
Every project includes easy-to-follow instructions and illustrated step-by-steps. The variety of techniques used for the projects, such as English paper piecing, piping, fitting zips, dying and felting, are also explained clearly and with photographs, helping you create professional (and enviable) results.
The beauty of working with pre-owned fabrics is that you won’t get shrinkage or risk colour running, as these items will already have been laundered; you’ll also have a fabulous choice of unique fabrics that you just wouldn’t be able to buy new. And, of course, you’re keeping that fabric from going into landfill! So be inspired to give it a go! Take a look in your wardrobe, salvage your old favourites and give them a new lease of life.
About the Author
Debbie Shore Debbie Shore is a best-selling and award-winning author. She began her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly as an actress in various popular dramas and as a presenter on shopping channels. Debbie has developed her own range of fabrics, designed her own patterns, writes for several popular sewing magazine and has written over 20 books for Search Press with several more underway. She is the winner of Craft Influencer of the Year 2020 in the Craft Business Awards, and Social Media Influencer of the Year 2019 in the British Sewing Awards.
Debbie has over 230,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, which has over 30 million views. In 2018, Debbie launched her Half Yard Sewing Club, a monthly subscription service based on the mega-selling Half Yard™ series, and won the 2019 IPG Digital Publishing Award. For more details about the club visit www.halfyardsewingclub.com.
Debbie lives in Lincolnshire, UK. Visit her website www.debbieshoresewing.com
Kimberley Hind Being the daughter of Debbie Shore, Kimberley has grown up around sewing. She has always loved watching her mother create amazing items from scratch, and over the last few years her passion for sewing has increased rapidly. Now her full-time job is running a successful online sewing shop, writing dressmaking blog posts for Minerva Crafts, creating sewing projects for The Craft Cotton Company and filming sewing video tutorials on her own YouTube Channel. She has a keen interest in interior design, and worked as a Visual Merchandiser for 12 years before sewing became her full-time occupation. Kim loves to upcycling clothes particularly, transforming a once discarded piece of clothing into something new. Her collaboration with her mother, Debbie Shore, combines both of their sewing passions, as well as Kim's enthusiasm for refashioning and helping readers look at thrift-store clothing in a whole new light. Kim lives in London, UK. Visit her website www.whatkimberleymakes.com Competing titles