Recycle Week Up-Cycles

Recycle Week is in full swing and we wanted to get involved. We set some fabulous thrifty bloggers an up-cycling challenge with some pre-loved pieces found in-store. Be sure to follow the blog and our Instagram this week so see what they created!

Today we have the lovely Hannah guest blogging. Keep scrolling and see her creation.

I saw this shirt in Barnardo’s and loved, loved, loved the colours of the check. Just the right amount of autumnal. Rather than just keeping it as a normal shirt I decided to add a ruffle to jazz it up a little.

Processed with VSCO with c8 presetYou’ll need: 

– A Charity Shop Shirt

– Sewing Machine (or it can be sewn by hand)

– Thread

– Pins

– Tape Measure

– Scissors

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1. Mark where you want the hem of the cropped shirt to sit, add 2 cm’s to allow for seam allowance. Cut the hem off.

2. Mark and cut the cut off hem in half length-wise.

3. Stitch the two strips off the hem together so you have one long strip.

4. Hem one side of the long strip and the new hem if the shirt where cut off.

5. Put the sewing machine on the longest stitch. Without securing the end of the stitch, sew along the top raw edge of long strip.

6. By pulling the end of the thread, gather the strip.

7. Position and pin on the shirt adjusting the length of the gathered fill as needed.

And that’s it. An easy way to up-cycle a shirt 🎉‘

Feeling inspired? Head over to our Instagram for step by step videos and why not take on your own up-cycling challenge? Be sure to share your creations with us, we would love to see.

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