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Have you started your spring cleaning yet? If you find yourself with a pile of worn-out jeans, don't throw them away - upcycle them into a new project! Here is a little inspiration for you...     Now that you are excited about upcycling, check out some of our great recycled patterns!
Got a pile of out-of-date denim sitting on your closet floor? Recycle, re-purpose and give yourself a new wardrobe with these patterns!            The Modern Silhouette Vest features the design elements of flat felled seams to add a textured element to the vest. They are also used to make the tie closure! The Great Fit Gored Skirt lets you use two-for-one by combining the inside and outside of your jeans to make contrasting panels. Our Petite...
For this project you will need to raid your husband's (father's, brother's or son's) closet for the material - you don't need new fabric, just some old shirts! Take that discarded button up out of the boardroom and into the kitchen as an Upcycled Apron. This giveaway is closed.     This pattern includes two unique apron styles. One is an over-the-head smock style, which features a front tie and two large pockets. The neck, pocket and armhole edges can...
In honor of the release of our new video, Recycle Denim Jeans, we are sharing tips for working with denim all week long. Our biggest advice about working with recycled denim is to NEVER throw away the back pockets. You can use them for so many things - they are fun and functional. On this version of the Grab & Go Tote we patch-worked different colors of denim together for this purse and then added a (carefully) cut off pocket...
In honor of the release of our new video, Recycle Denim Jeans, we are sharing tips for working with denim all week long. We think denim is one of the best canvases for embroidery - hand or machine - we love them both! We have been working with the decorative stitches that are on our sewing machines. These simple stitches, which come with most machines, are such a fun way to add detail to a project. I love how the...
In honor of the release of our new video, Recycle Denim Jeans, we are sharing tips for denim all week long! Today we want to share with you one of our favorite denim design techniques, combining and reversing the denim to create layers of color. Our Pieced Pet Pillow is a perfect example. Don't feel like you need to try to match your denims - combining different colors creates a unique patchwork effect.     If you want a contrast,...
The contest has ended, congratulations to Judith M. who is our winner! We are so excited to release our newest video, Recycle Denim Jeans! As you know, we love incorporating recycled denim into our patterns. It's fascinating to see all the styles, colors and washes. Anyone remember the old acid-wash jeans? Or who still has their 90's Boyfriend jeans from the Gap? Sometimes it's time to retire these old friends and give them new life – here is a video...
As we dive headfirst into the holiday home stretch, you might find yourself scrambling to nab those last-minute gifts.  Good news! You can still pack your tree with one-of-a-kind, homemade presents. Skip the stress with these speedy projects and wrap up your Christmas shopping for the season. Meet your new Santa’s helpers: Reinventing and recycling. Embellish a ready-made item with needle felting or embroidery to add that handmade touch in no time.  In Needle Felted Fashions and Denim Redesign, you’ll find...
Are you fabric frugal? Symptoms include hoarding stockpiles of scraps with no particular plans in mind. You're not alone. We're here to help. Reclaim your remnants with some scrap-happy projects. Plenty of our patterns call for castoffs of your treasured textiles. The funky drink sleeves in our Koozie Kouture (IJ898) collection make use of those fat quarters you spied in the scrap bin at your fabric shop and just had to have. Use your bits and pieces to make the...
Seeking some fabulous fabric? Tablecloths have you covered. That’s right. A simple table linen or runner -- especially of the vintage variety -- lends itself to a number of stylish sewing projects. Two of our patterns, the Bon Appetit Apron (IJ715) and Binding Time Apron (IJ860), can be made with tablecloths. Why? Tablecloths are typically soft and durable, bright and attractive -- all of which makes for one appetizing apron. Looking for a stitchworthy table covering? Inspect for holes or fading, both of...