Don’t throw your pre-loved clothes away, recycle them into something equally as stunning, just like the talented Hudi @thethriftythinker has done here.
‘If you want to give it a go – I’d recommend focusing on colour and pattern, rather than the shape of the garment, and think about what could actually fit into your wardrobe, and match the clothes you already own, because this can help narrow it down.
‘I scrolled through Instagram a bit for inspiration, looking for similar materials/patterns to the items I had found in Barnardo’s. I also looked for interesting details that I could add in that would not only add some fun twists, but would also use up more material to avoid wasting excess material. Adding in ribbon ties or statement sleeves is a great way to use up material.
‘Upcycling and recycling is really important to me – not only is it a great way to extend the lifecycle of a garment, and keep it out of landfill, but it’s also a really creative outlet and a fun way to reconsider clothing and partake in trends without buying new.’
Next to take on our recycling week challenge is master up-cycler, sustainable and transition tutorial genies, @isitdanidawks. Dani believes in bringing awareness to sustainable living through upcycling, thrifting and eco reviews and we couldn’t agree more. Check out how she transforms this cute dress into something even more spectacular.
“So Barnardo’s reached out to me to ask me if I wanted to create and upcycle in aid of Recycling Week! Of course, I said yes! I found this lovely Zara dress and although the dress is cute as is I knew it needed some EXTRA JUICE.
With only an hour to spare before I had to set off to host an Army Upcycle workshop with @goinspire.wimbledon in aid of Sustainable Fashion Week I created this two piece set with a little cute bag to match.
I loved the detail of the open back and decided to keep that on the skirt back and as I love an open back, I created this on the back of my top!
Recycling week is in full swing, and we still have some amazing challenges to share with you. Are you as obsessed with Hannah Elliman upcycles as we are? Check out another amazing creation below.
“There can be many scraps of fabric leftover after sewing projects so for this Recycling Week I wanted to use all those scraps.
Scrunchies are quick to sew and sewing machines are not required. They are easy to make using any kind of material so are perfect for using up fabric from a bag of random scraps, a cut-off hem or any charity shop items where you just love the fabric ✂️”
This scrunchie is a super easy project to create at home using left over fabric. Why not get crafty and create your own, be sure to tag us.
It’s day 2 of Recycling week. We challenged the talented @eat.sleep.salvage.repaet to take part in our upcycling challenge and she did not disappoint. Check out her easy tutorial on how to create a 90’s dream halter neck.
“I purchased this shirt in Barnardo’s for £2. I’ve been wanting to make a drawstring halter neck for a while and thought this shirt would work perfectly. I looked at similar style tops online and also used an old halter neck to draft the pattern. It only took me a few hours to complete and it’s a great addition to my wardrobe”
Check out the step-by-step tutorial over on our Instagram. Feeling inspired? Why not get creative and share your up-cycles with us because loved clothes last.
All week we’re celebrating pre-loved fashion in all its glory, encouraging everyone to share their already owned pre-loved outfits using #MyThriftyFit. It’s a chance to show just how fun charity shopping can be no matter your style or budget. To take park in the fun challenge simply post a pre-loved outfit you love using #MyThriftyFit and tag three friends to get involved too!
We can’t believe that it’s almost been two weeks since we launched our biggest ever summer campaign, Fashion For All!
To celebrate, we took to the top of our office to set up shop with pre-loved ‘fits from the photo shoot as well as a whole range of other pre-loved clothes and accessories – all available to shop on the night.
A huge thank you to each and every one person who came to support us and everyone who bought a little something for themselves too. Here’s a little sneak peek into the celebrations.
We launched Fashion for All because we truly believe fashion is for everyone, no matter your shape, size, or budget. Our stores are full of pre-loved clothes and accessories just waiting to be discovered and re-loved. Stop by your local Barnardo’s today or pop over to our eBay shop and help us keep celebrating Fashion for All!
We believe that no matter your shape, size or budget, there is something for everyone at your local Barnardo’s shop. That’s why we’ve launched our Fashion For All campaign, showing that pre-loved fashion is for everyone and whilst shopping with us, you’ll be supporting us in our quest to raise vital funds to support vulnerable children, young people, and families across the UK.
Television personality Lydia Bright was delighted to be involved, saying – “I am very excited to be shooting with Barnardo’s – it’s a charity which is very close to my heart. My parents are foster parents, and have been for most of my life, so to be an ambassador for a fostering charity is a complete honour, and I know very well how used their services are and how important they are to children and families within the care system”.
Treasure the hunt in your local Barnardo’s store or check out our eBay store to find yourself the perfect items this summer.
Found something you love? Make sure to tag us and use #MyBarnardosFind.
Summer is officially here, and we are so excited to be launching and celebrating Fashion For All. No matter your shape, size, or budget, your local Barnardo’s store holds unique pieces just waiting to be discovered.
We have teamed up with a host of fabulous famous faces to prove just that. Styled by Alexandra Fullerton and photographed by Candice Lake, we show you how easy pre-loved clothing can be styled to create head-turning looks, all while embracing your own individual style.
Summer fashion has never looked so good. Get your one of a kind look at your local Barnardo’s or check out our eBay store where you will find something for everyone.
Treasure the hunt and share your pre-loved finds with us over on Instagram using the hashtag #MyBarnardosFind
Fashion Revolution day 5! To celebrate, we have our fifth instalment of Fashion Love Stories!
Today’s spotlight is on second-hand enthusiast and serial outfit repeater Chloe. We are head over heels in love with this cowboy boots she picked up in a charity shop, truly stomping all over fast fashion.
Photograph it, film it, write about it! Get involved this Fashion Revolution week and share your love story.
Earth Day 2022 is here and the perfect time to act, innovate and implement changes. This year’s theme is “invest in our planet” and we wanted to take this time to share what we are doing here at Barnardo’s to look after our lovely planet. We are so excited to introduce our Sustainability Manager, Abi, to explain a little further about the work we are doing. Over to Abi!