It is all because of my Mother. She started me down this road of never wanting to throw anything away, trying to find a use for every discarded, ripped, or stained piece of material I come across. She always told me “Waste not. Want not.” We shopped at Goodwill and The DAV and The Salvation Army. I wore hand-me-downs from other girls at our church and my sisters and sometimes my brothers. My Mom worked at Cloth World for a while and taught me all about the diamonds in the rough in the remnants bin. I’ve taken it a step further. My Mom has a huge supply of fabric that she lets me raid and every trip to the thrift store has me looking for anything that catches my eye. I always check the remnants and discounted or clearance fabric at Wal-Mart. My pile of soon-to-be-made-into-something-else-stuff is almost as big as my supply of fabric by the yard and garage sale/thrifted/old sheets. My scrap box is actually two boxes and they are both overflowing.
I want to do a happy dance every time I’m going through either my scraps or my thrift pile and I find fabric that I didn’t have to buy or that I saved just a little bit of, that I can now use for something else. There is less pressure to be perfect and less worry about making mistakes when I know that I’ve spent little to no money on the fabric.
Here’s a long sleeve shirt I refashioned into a tank top, two tank tops I refashioned into pillow case tops, two hoodies I refashioned and a sweater I refashioned into a cardigan (I used a tutorial from UCreate).
With the refashions I do, I’m more confident knowing that I’m redesigning the shirt or the skirt into something better. If I’m unhappy with the results, that’s okay. I either didn’t spend much money on my materials or the item I’m refashioning wasn’t being worn in it’s previous form anyway. I have an obsession right now with turning men’s shirts into skirts or more feminine shirts. I take old fleece jackets that have a broken zipper or are stained and use them to make animal pillows for my kids. I took apart an old, ripped pair of my hubby’s jeans and was able to make 4 little girl’s aprons out of them. I actually enjoy refashioning more than sewing from scratch. It is so much fun to take something that would’ve gone to the landfill and turn it into something useful again.
Here’s a men’s shirt I refashioned into a halter top (I really love the bow on the back) and three Hawaiian shirts I refashioned into skirts (I used a tutorial from The Renegade Seamstress).